MFA in Writing


Vermont College of Fine Arts works individually with every student to manage their program finances in the best way possible and we recognize the importance scholarships play in helping students meet financial needs. VCFA provides merit- and need-based scholarships. In addition, we provide resources and tips on researching external funding opportunities.

The MFA in Writing program is fortunate to be the recipient of several scholarships given by generous and dedicated donors. Some of these are merit-based and awarded to students who best meet or exceed standards or criteria set by a scholarship donor. Others are need-based according to the financial results from the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, along with a request to the Program Director. All restricted scholarships are awarded following a review of applications by the Program Director and Faculty Advisory Committee members.

Unrestricted Scholarship Funds

Every semester the Program awards numerous scholarships to students based on a combination of both need—based on a FAFSA review—and merit. New students may be awarded such a scholarship based on the merits of their program application. Enrolled students may apply for consideration by writing to the Program Director. These scholarships may be reviewed for renewal each semester by request, at mid-semester, to the Program Director.

Restricted Scholarships

The Writing Life Scholarship Fund

To qualify, students must have a passion for writing, demonstrated by a 400- to 500-word essay that describes why he or she has decided to live the writing life. The $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship, to be applied to the winter semester, will be awarded to the student who writes the most inspiring essay.

The Saddhā Scholarship Fund

$1500 nonrenewable scholarship awarded annually for the winter semester; the scholarship will be applied to the successful applicant’s tuition costs.

Any student enrolled in the MFA in Writing program with financial need who is hindered in pursuing his or her education by a significant physical medical issue, including personal medical expenses/debt not covered by insurance may apply.

Lynda Hull Minority Scholarship Fund

Semester scholarships ranging from $500-$1500 awarded to students of ethnic diversity with financial need, as determined by the FAFSA. Awards are made based on Faculty Committee or Faculty Advisory Committee review of student work in consultation with the Program Director.

The Upstreet Scholarship Fund

$2000-$5000 nonrenewable scholarship(s) awarded annually to one or more students with strong financial need for the summer semester; the scholarship(s) will be applied to the successful applicants’ tuition costs.

Students currently enrolled in the program will submit an essay of no more than 350 words outlining their circumstances and need for the scholarship as well as their commitment and or passion for the literary field of writing. Students accepted for the summer semester may be awarded a scholarship based on Faculty Committee review of the application materials.

Poetry Scholarships 

Nonrenewable scholarships for accepted poets entering their first semester.  Awards are based on Faculty Committee review of the application materials.

Slovenia and Puerto Rico Travel Scholarships

Scholarships—between $600-$1,000—may be awarded to students with financial need who choose to attend an overseas residency. Applicants submit a short essay about their interest in attending and awards are made based on review of essays and financial need.

Program Work Fellowships

On occasion the MFA in Writing program may award one semester or one-year work fellowships to complete a research project for the program; these are, typically, work that can be performed remotely. When available, application is via submission of a c.v. and statement about relevant background and experience as it pertains to the focus of the work fellowship, submitted to the Program Director.

External Writing Scholarships


David Markow

VP for Enrollment Management
[email protected]

Additional Scholarship Resources