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SCBWI Announces IPOC Women’s Scholarship Winners


SCBWI is proud to announce the winners of the IPOC Women’s Scholarship for the 2020 New York Winter Conference. This Scholarship, which is sponsored by Christopher Paul Curtis, grants an all-expense paid conference to indigenous women or women of color.


Although the grant was originally created to fund two recipients, the SCBWI decided to add a third scholarship winner. Winners Rae RoseKesha Grant, and Natelle Quek were chosen by a panel of judges that included Pat Cummings, Linda Sue Park, and Cynthia Leitich Smith


Rae Rose is an author from Seattle who is working on a manuscript for a novel, “I Remember”, that she says is “dedicated to Native children who never made it home from the Indian boarding and residential schools.”


Kesha Grant is a writer and student from Georgia. Currently earning her MFA at Hamline University, she is working on a promising fantasy novel called “Kwame Legend and the Elemental Guardians.”


Natelle Quek lives in the UK, where she creates art inspired by her passion for wildlife conservation and her own cultural heritage. One of her pieces can be found on the homepage as our current featured illustration.


The winners will receive conference tuition to the New York Winter Conference, hotel accommodation, travel expenses, and a $250 stipend for additional costs, as well as two follow-up conversations with an industry professional. This scholarship is offered twice a year; the Los Angeles Summer Conference scholarship is sponsored by Matt de la Pena, and will open to submissions in the spring of 2020.


More information about the IPOC Women’s Scholarship can be found at