The MFA program offers scholarships to incoming students:
MFA in Writing Scholarship Fund for Minorities
Scholarships of $500-$1,000 for new minority students, based on merit, then on need. (Minority is defined as a person of color.)
MFA in Writing Scholarship Fund
Scholarships of $500-$750 to new students based on merit, then on need.
Sena Jeter Naslund – Karen Mann Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship, named in honor of the Spalding MFA program’s founders, is offered to new students, based on need.
J. Terry Price Scholarship
Each year, a new student in fiction is awarded a scholarship from this fund, based on need.
Audrey Wasson and Carol Leseure Endowed Scholarship in Poetry
Each year, a new student in poetry is awarded a scholarship from this fund, based on need.
Diana M. Raab Scholarship in Creative Nonfiction
A $250 scholarship for a new creative nonfiction student. This scholarship can be renewed each semester as long as the student returns the following semester and remains in good standing in the program. This scholarship is generally awarded to a new student every two years.
Eileen Spinelli Writing for Children Scholarship
Each semester, a new student in writing for children and young adults is awarded a scholarship of $250, based on need.
Kentucky Teachers Scholarship
A scholarship for Kentucky teachers of any subject and at any level, K through university. Available to new students.
Bob Keith Travel Scholarship
Each summer, a new student is awarded a scholarship of $500-$1,000 from this scholarship fund.
This scholarship is for new female students who work in long-form fiction. Up to two scholarships of $500 are awarded each academic year.
How to apply
As a newly accepted student, you may apply for a scholarship by emailing Program Director Kathleen Driskell using the subject line “Scholarship Request.” The email should describe the need and state the desire to be considered for a scholarship.
Deadline for application is April 1 for the spring or summer semester and October 1 for the fall semester.