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Penland School of Crafts Scholarship Opportunities

Published February 10, 2016

Summer Scholarships 2016

Scholarship applications must be made online, using Slideroom, by midnight on February 17, and must include your letters of reference. Scholarship applicants pay a nonrefundable $50 processing fee. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2016. Apply here:

Penland is proud to offer a large number of scholarships. We are dedicated to helping as many students as possible take advantage of the Penland experience. Penland offers scholarships in five categories.

• General work-study scholarship students work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dormitory housing, and pay a discounted tuition. There are more than 175 of these scholarships.

• Special work-study scholarship students work for the school before, during, and after their session. They receive meals, dorm housing, and pay no tuition. There are 66 of these scholarships with varying qualifications.

• Partial scholarship students receive a $1,000 scholarship for a two- or two-and-a-half-week workshop with no work requirement. There are 25 of these scholarships.

• Full scholarship students receive meals, dorm housing, and tuition with no work requirement. There are 44 of these scholarships with varying qualifications.

• Studio assistants work in the studio before, during, and after their session, preparing for the workshop and assisting the instructor. They receive meals, dorm housing, and pay no tuition.

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. (You will not have to pay another processing fee).

General Work-Study Scholarships

Work-study students are an integral part of life at Penland. This program is supported by annual fund gifts, foundations, end-of-session auctions, endowments, and Penland’s general operating budget. The work-study program is designed to make Penland’s workshops available to the widest variety of students. Work-study students accept the challenge of balancing studio time with working for the school.

International students note: because the U.S. government considers our work-study scholarship program to be work-for-hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive work-study scholarships unless they have a work permit. International students may apply for the full or partial scholarships that have no work requirement.

During the session work-study students work approximately 18 hours per week on a variety of service tasks, usually cleaning, food service support, dishwashing, or gardening. 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 a full 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.

Work-study students receive dormitory housing. Dormitories are common living areas accommodating 4 to 13 students.

Most work-study jobs are labor intensive. If you have physical limitations and you are selected for work-study, please let us know before you arrive what kinds of work you can do, and we’ll do our best to make an appropriate work assignment.

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 and the day after their session. You are responsible for making travel arrangements which will allow you to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply.

Your letter of application should address the following areas:

Financial need: why attending Penland would be a financial hardship for you.

Seriousness of intent: your background and experience in craft, if any (prior experience in craft is not a requirement), and the artistic goals you hope to pursue in each of the workshops you are applying for.

Work ethic: work-study students have an experience that is different from, yet equally valuable to, that of regular students. Do you feel you are capable of balancing studio work with physical labor for the school?

Your application form must include a resumé and two letters of reference that address your work ethic and your commitment to learning.

Scholarship applications must be made online, using Slideroom, no later than midnight on February 17, and must include letters of reference. Applicants pay a nonrefundable $50 processing fee. They will be notified by April 1 and, once accepted, will be asked to submit payment. Apply here:

 

Special Work-Study Scholarships

There are 66 special work-study scholarships available. These scholarships carry the same work requirement as general work-study, however they cover all room, board, and tuition. They target students with exceptional talent and financial need, and some have no other requirement. Detailed descriptions of these scholarships are available on the summer scholarships page of our website.

To apply for special work-study, check special work-study in Slideroom and submit all the materials required for general work study, plus five images of your work, even if it is not in the same media as the workshop(s) you are applying to take.

Some of these scholarships have particular qualifications in addition to exceptional talent and financial need. If you meet any of the following qualifications, please include this information in your letter and indicate it in your Slideroom application.

• Female

• Living east of Raleigh in North Carolina

• Living in Rockingham County, NC; Stokes County, NC; or Pittsylvania County, VA

• Using Penland to explore a life or career transition

• Sixty years old or older and unexperienced in chosen media

• Person of color

• Veteran

• Person with disability

• Forty years old or older

• Teacher (at any level)—no images required

• Current student, faculty, or adjunct at Meredith College

• Living in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho

• North Carolina resident taking a workshop that uses new technologies

If you apply for special work-study you are encouraged to also apply for general work-study.

Partial Scholarships

Twenty-five scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded for two- or two-and-a-half-week workshops, with no work requirement. These target students with exceptional talent and financial need. There is one partial scholarship for a student who lives in North Carolina and is taking a workshop that uses new technology. To apply for a partial scholarship, check partial scholarship in Slideroom and submit a letter explaining your financial need and your interest in the workshop(s) for which you are applying, a resumé, two letters of recommendation, and five images of your work even if it is not in the same media as the workshop(s) for which you are applying.

If you apply for partial scholarship you are encouraged to also apply for work-study.

Full Scholarships

There are 44 full scholarships available. These scholarships cover room, board, and tuition with no work requirement. These target students with exceptional talent and financial need, and a number of them have no other requirement. Visit the summer scholarships page of our website for detailed descriptions of these scholarships.

To apply for a full scholarship, check the full scholarship box in Slideroom and submit a letter explaining your financial need and your interest in the workshop(s) for which you are applying, a resumé, two letters of recommendation, and five images of your work even if it is not in the same media as the workshop(s) you are applying to take.

Some of these scholarships have particular qualifications in addition to exceptional talent and financial need. If you meet any of the following qualifications, include this information in your letter and indicate it in your Slideroom application.

• International student

• Female, 40 years or older

• Fifty years or older

• Person of color

• Student at the University of Arizona-Tucson

• Teacher (at any level)—no images required

• Art teacher in North Carolina

• Resident of Japan, taking a metals workshop

• Accomplished in one medium and taking a workshop in another

If you apply for full scholarships you are encouraged to also apply for work-study.

Studio Assistantships

Studio assistants are students who assist instructors and are responsible for maintaining the school’s standards for studio operation. They receive housing and meals, and pay only the $50 nonrefundable processing fee and studio fees at the end of the session. They are selected based on their knowledge of a working studio. In addition to 25–40 hours of work each week, studio assistants are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and the day after their session and must make travel arrangements which will allow them to meet this requirement. If you cannot meet this requirement, please do not apply. Many instructors select their own assistants; available positions will be listed on Slideroom. Your application must include a letter explaining your experience in the field, your interest in the workshop, a resumé, two letters of recommendation, and five images of your work.

Studio assitantship applications must be submitted online, using Slideroom, no later than midnight on February 17, and must include your letters of reference. Applicants will be notified by April 1. Apply here:

International students note: because the U.S. government considers our studio assistant program to be work-for-hire, students who are not U.S. citizens may not receive studio assistantships unless they have a work permit.