Summer Scholarship Information

Penland Scholarships Summer 2022

Penland is an intentionally inclusive and dynamic creative community—a community that values the creative energy that arises from diverse artistic visions and approaches. Penland’s scholarship program exists to make our workshops accessible to those who are not able to participate without financial assistance and to create educational opportunities for people who have been underrepresented at Penland and in the craft world. Scholarships are one way we are pushing back on historic imbalances and barriers. For summer 2022, Penland will provide a total of 484 scholarships. (This number includes some scholarships that are not listed below because those students are not selected through a regular application process.)


For 2022, we have made a few changes to reduce barriers in our scholarship application process.

  • The scholarship application fee has been reduced to $5. (If selected for a scholarship, applicants will be charged a nonrefundable $25 processing fee.) 
  • Letters of recommendation are not longer required, but we still ask you to give us names and contact information for two references. 
  • We have removed the image requirement from full scholarships unless the funder has asked that we review images as part of the application process. Most of our full scholarships do not require images this year.

At the bottom of this page, you will see a list of demographic and other targets that are attached to certain scholarship funds. These scholarships include 31 that are reserved for people of color and an additional 10 that are reserved for people of color, people with disabilities, or veterans. 

Penland offers scholarships in five categories:

  • Partial Scholarship with Work Requirement: students work for the school before and during their session. They receive meals, housing, and pay a discounted tuition. There are 140 of these.
  • Full Scholarship with Work Requirement: students work for the school before and during their session. They receive meals, housing, and tuition. There are 80 of these.
  • Full Scholarship with No Work Requirement: students receive meals, housing, and tuition with no work requirement. There are 61 of these.
  • $1000 Scholarship: students receive $1000 toward the tuition, room, and meals costs of their workshop. This scholarship does not include room and board. There are 6 of these and an additional $500 scholarship.
  • Studio Assistantships: Studio assistants work in the studio assisting the instructor and the studio coordinator before, during, and after their workshop. They receive room, meals, and tuition. More information here.

Some spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarships are intended for students who would have difficulty attending Penland without financial assistance. You may not apply as a full-paying student if you are applying for a scholarship. If you are not selected, you may reapply as a full-paying student if space is available.

Scholarship students receive hostel housing. Hostels are common living areas accommodating up to 13 students. 

Scholarship applications must be made online, using Slideroom, by 11:59 pm EST on February 17. Please do not use the regular enrollment system.

How to Apply for a Scholarship or Studio Assistantship

  1. Minimum age is 18. Scholarship and studio assistantship applications must be made online at Do not use the regular enrollment application.
  2. Read the cancellation and refund policy.
  3. If applying for a studio assistantship, check this page or Slideroom to determine the availability of these scholarships.
  4. Scholarship and studio assistantship applications require a nonrefundable $5 Slideroom fee. If you receive a scholarship, you will also be charged a $25 application fee. You will need to list two references as part of your application. Applications for studio assistantships and some full scholarships require images of your work.
  5. Your application must be completed by 11:59 pm EST on February 17.
  6. You will be notified of your status by April 10 and be asked to pay in full by April 15.

More details are included in the Slideroom application form at beginning January 3.

Additional Information

Partial Scholarship with Work Requirement (Work-Study)
Work-study students are an integral part of life at Penland. Work-study students accept the challenge of balancing studio time with working for the school.

During the session work-study students work approximately 20 hours per week on a variety of service tasks, usually cleaning, food service support, dishwashing. (Because of the glass workshop schedule, glass students work 12 hours per week and pay a higher fee.) All work-study students are given a schedule on the first day and generally work part of each day during the session as well as on the day before and after the session. The work is manual labor and the schedule, while reasonable, requires work-study students to carefully balance their time and energy between the studio and their work obligations.

If you are unable to perform the labor-intensive jobs required, please do not apply for these scholarships. Full scholarships with no work requirement are available.

In addition to working during the session, work-study students are required to work from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the day before their session. You are responsible for making travel arrangements that will allow you to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply. 

International applicants note: because the government considers our work-study scholarship program to be work-for-hire, students who are not US citizens may not receive work-study scholarships unless they are authorized to work in the US. International students may apply for full scholarships with no work requirement.


Full Scholarship with Work Requirement
These work-study scholarships carry the same work requirement as the partial scholarships, however they cover all room, board, and tuition. If you apply for one of these scholarships, you are encouraged to also apply for a partial scholarship. Some of these scholarships require applicants to submit images of their work. See note below about targeted scholarship preferences


Full Scholarship with No Work Requirement
These full scholarships cover room, board, and tuition and have no work requirement. If you apply for one of these scholarships, you are encouraged to also apply for a full scholarship with work requirement and a partial scholarship if you are willing and able to meet the work requirement. Some of these scholarships require applicants to submit images of their work. See note below about targeted scholarship preferences. 

Targeted Scholarship Preferences
Some full scholarships (with or without work requirement) have stated preferences from our funders. If you meet any of the following preferences, you will be able to indicate this in your Slideroom application, and it may increase your chance of receiving a scholarship. Some of these special scholarships require applicants to submit images of their work—details in Slideroom.

• Teacher (at any level)
• International student
• Woman
• Woman who speaks English as a second language
• Woman taking a workshop/pursuing a career in books, drawing, painting, or photography
• Person of color
• Veteran
• Person with disability
• Forty or older
• Forty or older taking a wood workshop
• Sixty or older, studying an unfamiliar medium
• Emerging artist
• Emerging artist 50 or older
• Accomplished in one medium and taking a workshop in another
• Exploring a career or life transition
• Amateur or professional performer in dance, drama, or music
• Changing career to craft education
• Metals educator living in Japan
• Student at Louisiana State University School of Art
• Art major at Mars Hill University
• Student, faculty, or adjunct faculty at Meredith College
• Rising sophomore or junior at Appalachian State University or East Carolina University and first time at Penland
• NC resident living east of Raleigh
• NC resident taking a workshop that uses new technologies
• Student from Appalachia, age 18–35
• Resident of Avery, Cleveland, McDowell, Mitchell, Rockingham, or Yancey counties in NC
• Resident of Idaho, Oregon, Washington

A complete list of specially funded, named scholarships is available here.