Creative Writing Scholarships

Creative Writing Scholarships

The Bachelors of Fine Arts program at Penn State Behrend is the only undergraduate creative writing major in the Penn State system, and one of only a handful of such programs in the region. In its eleven-year existence, it has graduated writers who are finding success placing their work with publishers, earning fellowships and assistantships at top-notch graduate writing programs, and building careers in publishing, editing, higher education and other related fields.

Beginning in 2015, incoming first-year students and transfer students intending to enter the BFA in Creative Writing Program will have the opportunity to apply for four different $500 scholarships/awards made possible by the Kenneth J. Sonnenberg Poetry Award and the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Funds. Two Sonnenberg Awards will be awarded for poetry, and two Smith Scholarships will be awarded for fiction.

Student Support:

As you begin your academic career in the BFA program, one of your courses, English 006: Creative Writing Common Time, will be especially important to your success. In this one-credit course, which you will enroll in every semester, you will receive guidance from faculty and staff regarding academic advising, career and graduate school preparation, and publishing your work in the ever-changing literary marketplace. You also will be able to consult with and hear presentations from celebrated visiting writers and participate in a variety of other on-campus literary events.

The BFA majors at Penn State Behrend have a reputation of being especially collegial and supportive of one another, and BFA faculty are wholly dedicated to their students’ academic, artistic and professional success.

Please complete your scholarship/award applications by March 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year.

How to apply:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tom Noyes, Chair of the BFA in Creative Writing Program, at 814-898-6209 or