“This workshop is perfect in every way,” the person said, “except for the people who cannot afford it.” The speaker was a writer attending our first Chautauqua conference, way back in 1985. I asked this person how we could solve that problem. “I’ll fund a scholarship next year,” he said, and our scholarship program was born.

Since that time, we have provided financial aid for more than 600 writers and illustrators to attend our programs. Our scholarship program has developed to include more than a dozen endowed scholarships and a number of annually funded support mechanisms.

For our first 15 years, our programs were held only at the Chautauqua Institution. Over time, our offerings grew to include a number of workshops at the home of the Founders of Highlights. That country place now boasts a delightful farmhouse, 21 cabins, a lodge, and a 5,200-square-foot conference center known as The Barn at Boyds Mills.

Each year, our programs will serve more than 600 writers and illustrators at The Barn, near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Our scholarship program will aid many to attend. Scholarships are awarded on three criteria:

  • Seriousness of purpose:
  • A brief questionnaire asks about the time and effort you devote to your craft.

  • Talent:
  • A writing sample speaks to your talent.

  • Financial need:
  • A standard financial aid form, similar to that used for college scholarships, details your financial need. In addition, we ask for any special circumstances that we ought to take into account.

In addition to our scholarship program, we occasionally offer special grants.

If you’d like to apply for a scholarship to attend a workshop, you can download an application here.

Highlights Foundation Scholarships