Scholarship Recipient Information Center

Congratulations on your scholarship from The Highlights Foundation!  We are so glad you are part of our community.

This guide is designed to help you find information and make the most of your experience with us.

Yuko Torii Gather Drawing

An in-Zoom drawing of our staff by artist Yuko Torii.

Welcome & Ask-Me-Anything

Zoom Session (Recording)

This session took place on April 24, 2023.  We learned more about the Highlights Foundation, and took time to understand the scholarship process. Staff was available to answer questions.

To access the recording, visit Vimeo.  The recording password was sent to all awardees by email.  Contact us if you need the password.

To Redeem Your Scholarship

Choose your award type below for detailed information.

If you can’t remember which scholarship you were awarded, refer to your award letter or contact us.

If already you know the workshop you’d like to register for, please contact us and we’ll get you registered (subject to availability).  You’ll receive an email confirmation with additional information.

If you don’t know what workshop you’d like to register for yet, you can review our current list of programs here.

Please note:

  • If you’d like some help in deciding which workshop is best suited for you, please reach out to a Program Ambassador. 
  • Future workshops will be listed on our website as they are confirmed.  If you are not yet on our email list to get notified about upcoming programs, sign up here.
  • You have until the end of 2024 to take advantage of your scholarship.

    If already you know the workshop you’d like to register for, please contact us and we’ll get you registered (subject to availability).  You’ll receive an email confirmation with additional information.

    If you recieved a travel stipend with your award, contact us to coordinate.

    If you don’t know what workshop you’d like to register for yet, you can review our current list of programs here.

    Please note:

    • If you’d like some help in deciding which workshop is best suited for you, please reach out to a Program Ambassador. 
    • Future workshops will be listed on our website as they are confirmed.  If you are not yet on our email list to get notified about upcoming programs, sign up here.
    • You have until the end of 2024 to take advantage of your scholarship. 

      If you’ve never been on a personal retreat before, see more information about the experience here.

      When you’re ready to select the dates for your stay, please see this link to check lodging availability. You’ll need to click on “Register Now” to search for your preferred dates. 

      When you’ve found dates you’d prefer, please contact us and we’ll get you registered (subject to availability).  You’ll receive an email confirmation with additional information. You can also contact us if you are having trouble locating dates. 

      As a Whole Novel Scholarship recipient, you do not need to apply for a Whole Novel program.  Your acceptance is already confirmed, and you can register as long as there is space available in the program.

      If already you know the Whole Novel workshop you’d like to register for, please contact us and we’ll get you registered (subject to availability).  You’ll receive an email confirmation with additional information.

      For information about all the Whole Novel workshops available in 2023, see this link.

      Our 2024 options will be announced as they become available, but that’s usually not till the start of the year. If you are not yet on our email list to get notified about upcoming programs, sign up here.

      Please note:

      • If you’d like some help in deciding which workshop is best suited for you, please reach out to a Program Ambassador.
      • You have until the end of 2024 to take advantage of your scholarship.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      How do a sign up for a workshop using my scholarship?

      Please refer to the instructions above.

      How long do I have to use my scholarship?

      Scholarships awarded in 2023 can be used in calendar years 2023 or 2024.

      What if I can't use the scholarship I was awarded?

      Contact us to tell us your needs and discuss options.

      I was awarded a full scholarship to an in-person workshop. Can I use this for a Whole Novel workshop?

      You can use it toward a Whole Novel workshop, but it will not cover the full cost.  You will also still need to apply for the Whole Novel Workshop.  Contact us for options.

      What if the workshop I want to take is full?

      We cannot reserve spots for scholarship recipients in our workshops, so please register early.  If the one you want to take is full, contact us to be added to the waiting list and/or learn about similar options.

      Is travel included in my scholarship?

      Ten travel stipends were awarded this year.  Your original notification would have included this information.  If you did not recieve a travel stipend, travel costs are not included in your scholarship.  Contact us if you have a question.

      Sharing Your Good News on Social Media

      Want to tell the world about your scholarship?  We’d love to be a part of it!

      First, please stay in touch on the preferred social media platform of your choice:

      The Highlights Foundation will be distributing a press release and posting scholarship news on social media in mid-April.  Feel free to share those posts when they’re released, or make a post on your own whenever you’re ready.  You can send the press release to local news outlets, if you’d like.

      We’ve also prepared social media graphics to make it easier.

      General Announcement Graphics

      Choose the one below that fits the platform/post style of your choice.  Right click and save or tap and hold to save it on your phone, or download it from Google Drive here.

      Scholarship-Specific Graphics

      If you’ve won a named scholarship, feel free to find the graphic associated with that scholarship specifically and download here.

      Tagging the Highlights Foundation

      Please tag us in your posts using the tag: @highlightsfound

      My Highlights Foundation Scholarship will help me inspire kids! (Square size)

      Square: Best for Facebook and Instagram Posts

      My Highlights Foundation Scholarship will help me inspire kids! (Story size)

      Instagram and Facebook Story Size

      My Highlights Foundation Scholarship will help me inspire kids! (Twitter size)

      Rectangle: Best for Twitter

      If you have any marketing-related questions, please email us.

      After Your Scholarship: Sharing Your Experience With Us

      After you complete your workshop or retreat with the Highlights Foundation, a member of our staff will be in touch with you to follow up about your experience.

      We use these stories on our blog and in marketing materials.

      If you’d like to share your story now, or tell us about another experience you’ve had related to the Highlights Foundation, please do so here.

      Here are some stories our prior scholarship recipients have shared.

      Highlights Foundation Invests in 58 Storytellers to Support Their Work to Inspire Kids

      Highlights Foundation Invests in 58 Storytellers to Support Their Work to Inspire Kids

      2 General Scholarship Recipients Make Progress on Their Middle Grade Novels

      2 General Scholarship Recipients Make Progress on Their Middle Grade Novels

      How Morgan Lau Utilized Her Diversify Science Scholarship for Illustrators

      How Morgan Lau Utilized Her Diversify Science Scholarship for Illustrators

      #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

      #HFGather: 2023 Scholarship Celebration and Information Session

      Contact Us: Using Zendesk

      In order to help us route your request or need to the right person on our staff, please use this form.  It creates a ticket in our help system so our staff can get back to you, usually within one business day.

      Workshops for Writers & Illustrators

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      New to the Highlights Foundation? Try these:

      About Children's Publishing | The Whole Novel Workshop | Summer Camp

      Questions?

      Need help deciding on a workshop?  Ask an ambassador!

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