WW, INC., SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014
Bearlodge Writers Offers Gaydell Collier Memorial Scholarship for 2014
Deadline: March 15, 2014
The Gaydell Collier Memorial Scholarship (GCMS) — offered by Bearlodge Writers in memory of Gaydell Collier, a founding member of both Bearlodge and Wyoming Writers, Inc. — will be awarded for the first time at the 2014 WW, Inc., conference to be held in Sheridan, Wyoming June 6-8 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. The GCMS is open to any writer wishing to apply (BLW members are not eligible) and will include a full conference fee, a one-year membership to WW, Inc., and a $200 stipend. BLW will pay the registration and membership fee directly to WW, Inc., and award the stipend to the recipient at the conference. The recipient’s name will be publicized.
To apply for this scholarship, applicants are expected to follow a few simple guidelines. In a maximum of 250 words, answer this question: “How will attending the Wyoming Writers Conference propel you forward as a writer?” The author’s response must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, in Times New Roman font, size 12, on one side of one sheet of 8.5” X 11” white paper. Name, address, email address, and phone number should appear at the top of the page.
Submissions should be mailed to Bearlodge Writers, P. O. Box 204, Sundance, WY 82729-0204. Postmark deadline is March 15, 2014.
The GCMS recipient and one alternate—chosen should the initial recipient be unable to attend the conference—will be notified on or slightly before April 21, 2014.
Emmie Mygatt Memorial Scholarships Applications Now Open for 2014
Deadline: April 30, 2014
The Memorial Scholarship Fund (MSF) doesn’t get much publicity, but it is very important to our organization. Scholarships from this fund are awarded each year to a few Wyoming writers, providing Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference tuition and one year’s WW, Inc., membership dues to writers with financial needs. Donations to the MSF can be made at any time by anyone. Most, but not all, donations are memorials. The principal of the MSF is never touched, thus it keeps giving and giving, much as the woman whose name it bears did during the course of her life.
The MSF began in 1977 with a donation of $500 from Emmie Mygatt, a published author who moved to Big Horn from the east coast in the late ‘60s. She taught a creative writing class at Sheridan College that was so popular the members continued meeting after the class ended. Emmie was leader of and advisor to this group which evolved into the Sheridan Range Writers. She envisioned a statewide writers’ organization and encouraged her group to start one, which they did in June 1974—Wyoming Writers, Inc.
Emmie was a kind, caring, lovely lady who believed writers could live anywhere. She helped others believe it as well, helped writers to learn their craft, and encouraged us all to help each other. In 1977, when she knew she was dying, Emmie gave the gift of $500 to be “joyously spent for an unusual opportunity approved by all.” With great foresight, and with Emmie’s blessing, the Board created the Emmie Mygatt Memorial Scholarship Fund. For clarity, the name was shortened in June 1994.
Each year the number and dollar amount of the scholarships changes depending on donations received and interest rates realized. Over 60 scholarships have been awarded in the years since 1978. These scholarships (and one award) have helped writers throughout Wyoming. Although WW, Inc., members receive first preference, non-members may also apply for a scholarship. If you or someone you know needs help attending this year’s conference, please encourage them to apply.
Letters of application may be sent to Scholarship Chair Aaron Holst at 1508 Hillpond Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you email your letter, please note WW, Inc., Conference Scholarship in the subject line.
Postmark deadline is April 30, 2014.