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Top 20 Creative Writing Scholarships 2019 for International Student

Filed in Scholarships Update by on May 27, 2019


Creative Writing Scholarships for International Student – To some people, writing has always been the best way to speak, laugh, smile and have the peace of mind which they desire till probably they decide to pursue that as a degree. We are not ignorant of the fact that funding ones academic could be a challenge and limit you from attaining the desired knowledge you need.

Not to worry, this article has got you covered by providing and enlisting genuine top scholarships to see you have you smile back while completing or furthering your course of study in creative writing.

The link as well the deadlines are provided to guide you all the way through the process.

Creative Writing Scholarships 

1. Anne Trabue Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 15th

Created by the Women’s Southern California Golf Association (WSCGA) in 1954 to celebrate the legacy of its founding mother and noted journalist who wrote extensively about golf with gracious charm, the Anne Trabue Scholarship Fund is available annually.

Qualified recipients must be female graduating high school seniors, play varsity golf, reside in Southern California, be accepted at an accredited U.S. university, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, and plan to enroll full-time for a bachelor’s degree in English or journalism.

Selection will be based on applicants’ athletic talents, extra-curricular involvement, and academic goals.


Anne Trabue Scholarship Fund
402 West Arrow Highway Suite 10
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 592-1281 ext. 212
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

2. Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 22nd

Administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), the Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of an accomplished author who created the idea for Mickey Mouse.

For this $1,000 annual ward, applicants must be graduating high school seniors residing in San Mateo County or northern Santa Clara County in California who will be enrolling full-time in an accredited college to study creative writing.

Interested students must submit an application, two letters of reference, official transcripts, a signed personal statement, and two creative writing samples.


Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship
2440 West El Camino Real Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 450-5487
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

3. Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship

Deadline: April 30th

Initiated in 1989 by the Poetry Foundation to encourage advanced study in writing poetry, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship is awarded annually for $25,800 to five young poets who are enrolling full-time in a master’s degree program for English, literature, poetry, creative writing, or related literary arts.

Eligible students must have U.S. citizenship, be between 12 and 31 years of age, attend an accredited U.S. graduate school, display outstanding writing talent, and maintain good academic standing. For consideration, applicants must send a 250-word personal introduction, 10 pages of poems, and a list of poetry publications.


Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-7070
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

4. Jeanne Robertson Scholarship

Deadline: May 22nd

In honor of the renowned humorist and past president of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the Jeanne Robertson Scholarship is granted annually for $5,000 to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have declared a major in English, communications, journalism, or public speaking.

Eligible students must attend an accredited U.S. institution, portray an entrepreneurial spirit, be committed to a career with the spoken word, have at least junior-level standing, and maintain full-time enrollment.

Applications should be accompanied by a 500-word career aspirations essay, one recommendation letter, an official college transcript, and video footage of a speech or presentation.


Jeanne Robertson Scholarship
1500 South Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 968-2552
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

5. Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: December 1st

Through the Garden Writers Association (GWA), the Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for $500 to deserving college students across the United States who are majoring in journalism, English, creative writing, horticulture, or plant science.

Qualified students must be enrolled at least part-time, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, be completing undergraduate studies, show responsible citizenship, attend an accredited college, and wish to pursue a career in garden media communications.

Applicants must submit one faculty letter of support, an official college transcript, and at least two published or unpublished writing works.


Kathleen Fisher Memorial Scholarship
7809 FM 179
Shallowater, TX 79363
(806) 832-1870
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

6. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship

Deadline: December 31st

In the amount of $2,500, the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship is presented every year by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for deserving female student members in good standing who are pursuing a degree or certificate related to creative writing.

Eligible women must be enrolling in an accredited writing in America, showcase broad interests in the horror genre, demonstrate financial need, display potential in written work to date, and attend at least one horror writing convention annually. Recipients can use their financial support to cover tuition, textbooks, online courses, writing guides, or certain subscription fees.


Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship
244 5th Avenue Suite 2767
New York, NY 10001
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

7. R.L. Gillette Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 31st

Sponsored by the American Federation of the Blind (AFB), the R.L. Gillette Scholarship Fund is available to provide $1,000 to two women who are enrolling in a four-year bachelor’s degree program to study literature, English, music, or creative writing.

Qualified applicants must attend an accredited college in the United States, be legally blind with corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in their better eye, maintain full-time enrollment, and have good academic standing.

To apply, interested students must submit a completed application online with official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and proof of legal blindness.


R.L. Gillette Scholarship Fund
1000 Fifth Avenue Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
(800) 232-5463
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

8. Signet Classics Student Scholarship Contest

Deadline: April 21st

As one of the most prestigious creative writing scholarships offered worldwide, the Signet Classics Student Scholarship Content is hosted annually by Penguin Books USA to present $1,000 to five high school students pursuing higher education.

Eligible 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students in the United States must submit a two to three-page typed essay addressing one of six available topics on Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. Submissions will be judged based on their style, content, grammar, originality, organization, and opinion on key literary themes. Recipients will also be given a Signet Classics Library for their school.


Signet Classics Student Scholarship Contest
275 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000
Scholarship Link

9. Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership

Deadline: February 28th

Presented annually by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), the Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership will give $1,000 to graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, writing, or another closely related field in higher education.

Qualified applicants must work on an NSPA member newspaper, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and be pursuing a career in editorial leadership.

Entry forms must be submitted before the deadline with photocopies of three published editorials or columns, an official transcript, and one letter of recommendation from their newspaper advisor.


Wikoff Scholarship for Editorial Leadership
2221 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 625-8335
[email protected]

Scholarship Link

10. Awards for Advanced Study or Research in the USA

Deadline: November 1st

The American Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) provides more than $500,000 annually to assist Scandinavian students with undertaking graduate study or research programs in the United States for a variety of different fields of study.

Applicants for the Awards for Advanced Study or Research in the USA must be natural citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden to be considered.

Interested candidates for the scholarships must be recommended to ASF from one of the cooperating organizations, including the Denmark-America Foundation, the League of Finnish-American Societies, or the Sweden-America Foundation.


Awards for Advanced Study or Research in the USA
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street
New York City, NY 10016
(212) 779-3587
[email protected]

Scholarship Link

11. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest

Deadline: September 17th

For high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide, the Ayn Rand Institute hosts an annual “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest in response to the fourth and final novel written by American writer Ayn Rand.

50 semifinalists will be awarded for $50, 25 finalists for $100, five third place prizes for $1,000, three second place prizes for $2,000, and one first place prize winner for $10,000. Along with the 800-1,600 word essay, entrants into the contest must include a cover sheet with their name, address, school information, topic selection, and current grade level.


Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest
212 Alton Parkway Suite 250
P.O. Box 57044
Irvine, CA 92619
(949) 220-6550 ext. 247
[email protected]

12. EWC Graduate Degree Scholarships for Asia and the Pacific

Deadline: November 1st

Sponsored by the East-West Center, the Graduate Degree Fellowship Scholarships offer funding for a maximum of 24 months to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree of study at the EWC of the University of Hawaii.

If students are not citizens of the United States, eligible applicants must be citizens within one of the countries in Asia or in the Pacific. Candidates for the scholarships outside the United States must complete the required Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


EWC Graduate Degree Scholarships for Asia and the Pacific
1601 East-West Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96848
(808) 944-7195
[email protected]

 13. Ishe Komborera Africa Award

Deadline: April 1st

The Schiller International University offers 20 one-quarter tuition awards to attend one of their international campuses to citizens from countries within the Sub-Saharan region of Africa.

All undergraduate recipients of the award must satisfactorily maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and graduate students must maintain at least a 3.25 GPA each academic year.

Along with the completed application to SIIU, applicants must submit a letter of recommendation, short essay explaining why they should qualify for the award, and recent proof of income from tax form.


Ishe Komborera Africa Award
8560 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo, FL 33771
(800) 261-9751
[email protected]

14. Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarships

Deadline: June 30th

Each year, the Momeni Foundation offers at least ten Financial Assistance Scholarships for amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000 to graduating high school students and current college students of Iranian descent.

Students are encouraged to apply regardless of citizenship, country of residency, or academic level because applications for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs will be considered.

Along with the application, candidates must submit proof of Iranian heritage, a letter from the Dean of the college of acceptance, copy of the latest transcript demonstrating a GPA over 3.0, and a resume.


Momeni Foundation Financial Assistance Scholarships
P.O. Box 322
Clearwater, FL 33757
(727) 433-2133
[email protected]

15. Florence Kahn Memorial Award

Deadline: January 15th

The National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) hosts an annual college poetry competition to award scholarships for creative writing degrees, including the $500 Florence Kahn Memorial Award.

Eligible participants must be enrolled full-time in four-year, accredited U.S. universities and submit 10 original, unpublished poems no more than 80 lines each. Selected scholars will also receive a chapbook of their poetry, travel stipend for the NFSPS Convention, and free one-year membership.


Florence Kahn Memorial Award
P.O. Box 1352
Los Lunas, NM 87031
(505) 235-6680
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

16. Go on Girl! Aspiring Writer Scholarship

Deadline: March 15th

Valued at $1,000, the National Chapter of the Go On Girl! Book Club presents the Aspiring Writer Scholarship each year to African American women who are enrolling full-time as sophomores or juniors at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, English, literature, or closely related major with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Interested applicants must submit an 800-word essay discussing the “Power of the Written Word.”


Go on Girl! Aspiring Writer Scholarship
P.O. Box 3368
New York, NY 10185
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

17. Helen Steiner Rice Scholarship

Deadline: March 2nd

Each spring, the Helene Steiner Rice Scholarship is granted by the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County for $1,000 to Ohioans who are pursuing creative writing or related literary majors at an accredited four-year institution in the United States.

Eligible candidates must have unmet financial need, carry a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, show active community involvement, live within the Greater Cleveland area, and submit three writing samples. Preference is given to non-traditional, adult learners.


Helen Steiner Rice Scholarship
9080 Leavitt Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 984-7390
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

18. Herb Alpert Scholarship for Young Artists

Deadline: Varies

Ranging from $2,500 to $40,000, the Herb Alpert Scholarship for Young Artists is one of the most lucrative scholarships for creative writing degrees available. Through the CSSSA Foundation, one-time awards are gifted to California high school seniors in seven categories: animation, film production, creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Applicants must have financial need, exhibit extraordinary artistic talent, and be likely to succeed in an accredited four-year U.S. college.


Herb Alpert Scholarship for Young Artists
85 South Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 584-4055
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

19. Positively Different Scholarship Program

Deadline: June 1st

Funded by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the annual Positively Different Scholarship Program bestows $1,000 upon five high school seniors who are pursuing arts-related bachelor’s degrees, such as music, visual arts, drama, architecture, and creative writing.

Eligible candidates must reside on Cape Cod, be graduating this June, have been accepted into an accredited arts program, and exhibit outstanding talent. Creative writing majors must submit short stories, creative nonfiction prose, poems, or dramatic scripts.


Positively Different Scholarship Program
232 Main Street Suite B
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 362-0066
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

20. Woodbine Big Dreams Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

The Winston-Salem Foundation grants the Woodbine Big Dreams Scholarship annually for $1,000 to graduating high school seniors residing in North Carolina’s Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, or Yadkin counties.

Eligible students must be accepted into accredited in-state colleges, exhibit financial need, maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA, demonstrate outstanding community service, and plan a career in communication arts. Acceptable majors include digital media, English, public relations, journalism, and creative writing.


Woodbine Big Dreams Scholarship
751 West Fourth Street Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 725-2382
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

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