scholarships for creative writing

There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone.  Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another.  And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free.  It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you.  While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier.  This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week.  Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

Many high school students identify with the teenage angst embodied in Holden Caulfield, the fictional protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye, but do you identify with the “quirky brilliance” of Salinger himself?  If so, Ursinus College may have a scholarship for you.

Scholarship:  Creative Writing Award

Awarding Organization:  Ursinus College

Amount:  $40,000 annually, renewable for four years.  Winner also gets to live in the dorm room once occupied by Ursinus alumnus, J.D. Salinger.

Number of Scholarships Awarded:  One per year

Eligible Students:  “Creative writers of outstanding originality and potential.”  The major selection criterion is the demonstration of a unique voice in a writing sample.  Though less important, markers of academic achievement, such as grades and class rank, are also considered.

Eligible College(s):  Ursinus College

How to Apply:  Submit the short Creative Writing Award Application and 10 pages of creative writing, which may include fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or some combination of genres.

Deadline:  January 1st


Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.


Written by Shannon Vasconcelos
Shannon Vasconcelos is a college finance expert at College Coach. Before joining College Coach, she was a Senior Financial Aid Officer at Tufts University and Boston University. To learn more about Shannon, be sure to read her bio on