The Highlights Foundation to Award More Than $75,000 in Scholarships in 2022 Via a New Application Process

Feb 23, 2022 | Highlights Foundation News

Update 3/14/22: The scholarship application period for 2022 is now closed.

February 23, 2022

Aspiring and published storytellers can apply now; deadline is March 13th

Honesdale, PA – The Highlights Foundation is pleased to announce that it will award over $75,000 in scholarships during the 2022 program year with a new, streamlined process.

The application period is open now, and all aspiring and published children’s authors and illustrators are invited to apply by March 13, 2022. Recipients will be notified in April, and awards will be made as follows:

  • 25 full tuition scholarships and 20 partial tuition scholarships for workshops that take place at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center.
  • 30 full tuition scholarships for online courses through the Highlights Foundation.
  • 15 scholarships for personal retreats at the Highlights Foundation Retreat Center.

Awards will be based on the following criteria, evaluated by a scholarship committee via the application:

  • Seriousness of purpose, including time and effort devoted to craft.
  • Talent, displayed via a writing or art sample.
  • and Financial need.

Recipients will choose the workshop or retreat that meets their interests during the 2022 or 2023 program seasons.

“The Highlights Foundation has a long history of providing scholarships to its workshops for children’s authors and illustrators. Prior to 2020, we had a limited number of workshops on our campus each year, and we awarded scholarships by workshop. Now, we have online courses and more offerings that made us rethink the entire process,” said George Brown, Executive Director of the Highlights Foundation.

“We’re hoping that by having one major application period per year, and then offering more flexibility in how scholarships are awarded and used, it reflects our values to invest in Storytellers and the work that they are doing to inspire children. We also hope it makes it easier for those who wish to apply,” he added.

Many scholarships are made possible through generous donations from Highlights Foundation supporters who believe in the organization’s mission: to positively impact children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves. These include several organizations who have partnered with the Highlights Foundation to make scholarships available.

For a full list of the scholarships available and their sponsors, visit An application link is also available on that page.

The Highlights Foundation will host a webinar on March 1, 2022 at 7pm EST to celebrate the scholarships available, and provide more information to those interested in applying.

To contribute to the Highlights Foundation Scholarship program, donate online here.

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George Brown, Executive Director, Highlights Foundation (

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