Curating Your Craft: Scholarships

Scholarship Information

The Equity and Inclusion Team of Eastern PA SCBWI is committed to lifting the voices of traditionally underrepresented storytellers and artists (including but not limited to people of color, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, Native people, and people from ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities). 

We are honored to offer a full scholarship for our virtual Illustrator Day event on October 26, 2024, to be awarded to an illustrator who self-identifies as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature. The scholarship includes the full tuition plus the Art Director’s Assignment and one free portfolio or manuscript/dummy critique. 

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To apply for the scholarship, please email the following with “Illustrator Day Scholarship” in the subject line to our Illustrator Coordinator, Berrie Torgan-Randall, at

1. A brief letter of introduction explaining why you are applying for the scholarship, a little bit about your creative journey, and, to your level of comfort, explaining how you qualify or self-identify as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature.

2. A link to a website that has examples of your illustrations or attach up to 6 of your illustration images (JPGs) to your email.


1. The illustration samples do not need to reflect experiences within an underrepresented or marginalized community. Our goal, and mission, is to uplift and support the creators. 

2. Please also indicate if you would only be able to participate in the program if you receive the funds from the Equity & Inclusion Team due to financial hardship.

Deadline to apply for scholarship: June 14, 2024

Scholarship applicants will be informed of the decision on or before June 28, 2024.

In the event that equally qualified applicants apply, priority may be given to an Eastern PA SCBWI member. Please note that if no applicants meet the requirements, Eastern PA SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarships for this event.

If you have any questions, please email the illustrator coordinator at