Vermont College of Fine Arts recognizes the importance scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. VCFA provides merit based scholarships and need based scholarships. In addition, we provide resources for external scholarships and tips on researching external scholarships.
Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need. Need based scholarships require the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. VCFA uses the financial results from the FAFSA to determine a student's level of financial need.
The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program awards several small merit scholarships to enrolled students. Merit and need based scholarships range from $250 to $1,500. To apply for scholarships students must be accepted into the program and should notify the program director of interest in being considered for scholarships.
The Program office will email currently enrolled students with the scholarship application guidelines at least one month before they are due.
Alumni Gift Award
Started by the graduating class of January 2004. This endowed scholarship began as a $250 award, given each semester, and has already increased to a $500 award given each semester which is applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees.* Students currently enrolled in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd semesters are eligible. The goal is that someday the scholarship fund will generate enough capital to fund a full semester’s tuition. Recipients are nominated by the student body and the winner is selected by the faculty committee. The award is based upon the demonstration of some or all of the following characteristics: leadership, inspiration, support of fellow students, and/or contributions to the program. The prize winner is announced at each residency. Spring and Fall nominations.
Angela Johnson Scholarship
The Angela Johnson Scholarship for New Students of Color or Ethnic Minority was established by Barry Goldblatt in honor of Angela Johnson, a critically acclaimed African American poet and author of more than 40 books for children and young adults. She has won the Coretta Scott King Award three times, the Michael L. Printz Award, and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. Her work explores the lives of characters of color of all ages, in historical and contemporary settings and celebrates a myriad of experiences growing up in America. In addition to honoring Ms. Johnson, this scholarship will help to fill the void of multi-cultural voices in the world of children’s and young adult literature by providing scholarship assistance to minority students attending VCFA. The annual scholarship of $5,000 will be applied toward the wining student’s tuition costs. Spring and Fall applications.
Beyond Words Scholarship
Established by an alumna of the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, this scholarship is intended to help provide financial assistance to VCFA students who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to the literary field of picture books. The full amount of this annual scholarship is $1,000 toward tuition and will be awarded at the summer residency. Students can apply once in either their first, second, or third semesters. The prize winner will be announced at each residency. Spring application.
Candlewick Picture Book Award
This annual fall award goes to the best picture book manuscript submitted, as judged by the editors at Candlewick Press. The full amount of the scholarship is $2,000 which is applied to the recipient's tuition for the following semester.* Currently enrolled students in the 2nd and 3rd semesters are eligible. Candlewick funds this award and receives right of first refusal to the winning manuscript. The prize winner will be announced at the winter residency. Fall application.
Critical Thesis Prize
The $1,000 Critical Thesis Prize recognizes an outstanding third semester critical thesis each semester. All critical theses are considered for the Critical Thesis Prize. A faculty review committee reads blind copies of the submissions and selects the winning thesis. The recipient of this award receives a $1,000 scholarship which is applied to the 4th semester’s tuition.* The award winner is announced at each residency. Spring and Fall nominations.
Final Stretch Scholarship Fund
Students enrolled in their final semester are eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship that will be applied to the following semester’s residency fee.* To apply, students will submit an essay of no more than 350 words. The scholarship is designed for those who have demonstrated a willingness to step out of their comfort zone as writers and to experiment with multiple genres, stretching and enhancing their skills as writers. This scholarship is funded by an anonymous alumna of the WCYA program. Spring and Fall application.
Flying Pig Grade-A, Number-One Ham Humor Award
This award devoted to honoring humor in literature is for $775 and is applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees.* Currently enrolled students in any semester are eligible. The award is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Bluemle, an alumna of the WCYA program, the proprietors of the Flying Pig Bookstore, and the WCYA scholarship fund. The recipient is announced at the summer residency. Spring application.
Holy Smokes! That Makes a Difference! Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by an alumna of the program to recognize strong academic achievement as well as to provide needed financial support for two MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults students. Students currently enrolled in the 2nd or 3rd semester are eligible. The recipients of these awards receive a $2,500 scholarship which is applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees.* The award winners are announced at each residency. Spring and Fall application.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Prize
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Prize is for the best submission of third-grade material or higher in any genre. The prize is a careful reading of the submitted manuscript and a phone/e-mail consultation with a Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt or Clarion editor. The prize winner will also receive a Vermont College of Fine Arts program scholarship of $1,000 which is applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees.* Students may apply in the 2nd or 3rd semester, but not both. The prize winner will be announced at the winter residency. Fall application.
In a Nutshell Short Story Award
This award is for the best short story submitted, regardless of previous publications. Previous winners may not apply. This scholarship was started by six students from the July 2007 graduating class in support of the short story form which they feel embodies the essence of good storytelling. The prize money is $500, which is applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees.* Currently enrolled students in any semester are eligible. The prize winner is announced at each residency. Spring application.
Marion Dane Bauer Scholarship
Students in the MFAWC&YA program are eligible to apply for this award for the best middle-grade work. Middle-grade is directed to readers ages 8 to 14. The scholarship amount will vary, but it will be a minimum of $1,000 which is applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees.* Students may apply in the 2nd or 3rd semester, but not both. The prize winner will be announced at the summer residency. Spring application.
Norma Fox Mazer Award
Students are eligible for this award for a Young Adult novel selection. This annual one-time award of $2,000 is applied toward the recipient’s tuition for the semester following the announcement of the award.* In addition, the winning piece will be read and responded to by Rosemary Brosnan, Norma’s beloved editor at HarperCollins. Scholarships will be announced at the winter residency. Students may apply in the 2nd or 3rd semester, but not both. Funded by donation from the Mazer family and friends in Norma’s memory. Fall application.
Royce Reinvention Scholarship
"Royce" the namesake of this scholarship, was an actress, who gave up her career to raise her children. One of those children became a writer and a graduate of VCFA. It is in Royce’s memory that this $1,000 scholarship goes to help a VCFA student, age 35 or older, who is in the process of reinventing themselves as a children’s writer. Spring and Fall applications.
The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Program awards several small merit scholarships to enrolled students. Merit and need based scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. To apply for scholarships students must be accepted into the program and should notify the program director of interest in being considered for scholarships.