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The Jo Ann Walker Poetry Scholarship to encourage North and South Carolina residents to attend regional and national poetry workshops.

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2019 Winner: Sarah Cooper

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer at Clemson University She earned her MFA in Poetry from Converse College and an MA in Literary Studies from Purdue University. We are excited to support Sarah as she recently attended the Writers and Poets Conference in Portland, Oregon to find a home for her collection of poems!

A couple of Sarah’s poems can be read here http://www.soul-lit.com/poems/V15/Cooper/index.html and here: https://www.helenlitmag.com/blog/friday-night-special-a-poem-by-sarah-cooper

Who may apply for a grant: 

Status: Individual.
Age: All welcome.
Pursuit of: Poetry workshop.
Resident of: SC or NC and USA
Special consideration: Orginality.


Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship to encourage South Carolina individuals to pursue continuing education or to develop a creative endeavor in order to enhance a career in the arts or to change career direction. 

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2019 Winner: Len Lawson

Len earned his MA in English from National University, San Diego and is currently an English Instructor at University of South Carolina, Sumter. We are excited to support Len as he pursues his Ph.D in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a focus on contemporary African-American South Carolina native poets.

Learn more about Len here: https://www.lenlawson.co/

Who may apply for a grant: 

Status: Individual.
Age: Must be 35 or older. 
Must have: Demonstrated interest or have a career in the arts which the scholarship would enhance.
Resident of: SC and USA
Special consideration: Orginality.


The Keller Cushing Freeman Fellowship to encourage North and South Carolina residents to pursue post-graduate study in the arts.

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2019 Winner: Marlanda Dekine

Marlanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers. She earned her BA in psychology from Furman University and a Masters of Social Work from University of South Carolina. We are excited to support Marlanda as she attends the New York University MFA Writers Workshop in Paris to expand her world view.

Learn more about Marlanda here: http://sapientsoul.com/

Who may apply for a grant: 

Status: Individual with a college degree. 
Age: Must be 25 or older. 
Pursuit of: A fellowship that would enhance existing commitment to the arts.
Resident of: SC or NC and USA
Special consideration: Orginality.