Scholarships, Awards, & Grants

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Scholarships & Grants

Our chapter offers a growing number of scholarships described below. We hope you will consider applying for opportunities you feel are a fit for you.

Scholarships, Awards, and Grants

Want to donate? SCBWI is a 501(c) organization and, as such, has tax-exempt status.

To a specific scholarship? Look for the “To donate” line at the bottom of each description and click the link. Easy, right?

To create a new scholarship? Contact one of the Regional Advisors, Jodi McKay at michigan-ra at (use symbol) or Anita Pazner at michigan-ra2 at (use symbol) We’d love to make this happen.

To the Michigan chapter of SCBWI for a specific purpose or for use at the discretion of the Regional Advisors? Click or tap, HERE.

*** Eligibility note: Members who have received a scholarship in the past are discouraged from applying for that same scholarship again.

Members For Members Scholarship

This scholarship awards a one year SCBWI membership to a Michigan writer or illustrator who is experiencing financial need. 

Qualifications: Must be a Michigan resident actively working toward creating children’s books. 

Award: Awardees will receive a year’s membership to SCBWI beginning April 1 if awardee is a new member. If the awardee is a current member, the membership will be extended for a year.

Applications Accepted: February 14 through March 14 (via a link that will be posted here). Winner(s) will be announced on or about April 1 each year. To donate to this scholarship, click or tap HERE.

Critique Carousel E&I Scholarship

This scholarship is part of the SCBWI-MI Critique Carousel and will be awarded to a writer(s)/creator(s) who identifies as a creator from a demographic, experience, or community that has been historically mis- or under-represented in publishing.

Each writer will receive a critique from an agent/editor/art director of their choosing.

Application period: September 1st - September 12th. Awardees will be notified by September 14th and will need to accept the scholarship by September 15th.

BIPOC Scholarship

This scholarship awards a one-year membership to SCBWI for new members who identify as BIPOC kidlit creators.

Qualifications: Must be a Michigan resident, at least 18 years of age, who identifies as BIPOC and is a writer and/or illustrator of children’s literature.

Award: A one-year membership to SCBWI.

Applications Accepted: September 1st – October 1st (via a link that will be posted here).  Awardees will be notified on or before Oct. 15th. Awardees will be notified on or before Oct. 15th. To donate to this scholarship, click or tap HERE.

The Annual Shutta Crum Scholarship

The Shutta Crum Scholarship funds Michigan SCBWI members’ tuition — artists or writers — for attendance at the Annual SCBWI Winter Conference. Registration for the Winter Conference opens October 24th this year. The scholarship amount is to be used solely for the cost of a member’s registration tuition, no add-ons.


–have been an SCBWI-MI member for a minimum of three years. –not have been an awardee of this scholarship in previous years. –not have attended a National SCBWI in-person conference in either LA or New York in any previous year.

Award: A scholarship that covers basic registration for the NY Winter Conference

Applications Accepted: October 12th – October 20th, with the possibility of extending the window as needed.  Awardees will be notified as soon as the window closes and awardee is selected.



Don't forget to check out the available grants through the national SCBWI organization.