Conference Scholarships


 

Kate Duffy Memorial Fund

The Kate Duffy Memorial Fund honors the memory of Kate Duffy, a longtime editor for Kensington Publishing, who passed away in September 2009. The fund will award a scholarship for the payment of conference registration fees for the RWA Conference. Applicants must be RWA members who are PAN eligible. Members may apply online. Applicants may apply online. Applicants will be asked to include a statement stating the applicant’s financial need, their serious pursuit of a romance writing career, and why they believe attendance at the conference in the year of their application will benefit their romance writing career.

The fund is overseen by Romance Writers of America. Click here to apply. 

Applications must be received by April 15, 2017. Applications will be assessed by a committee of authors and kept in complete confidence. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to the extent that member donations made to the Kate Duffy Memorial Fund cover the disbursement.

To donate to the fund, mail a check to RWA, attention: Kate Duffy Memorial Fund, at the address above. Please write “Kate Duffy Memorial Fund” in the check memo line. Or, you may donate online at http://www.rwa.org/p/pr/vi/prodid=349.

E-mail info@rwa.org with questions.

 

Daylight Scholarship

The Daylight Scholarship, funded by Sylvia Day, will award up to five scholarships for the payment of conference registration fees for the RWA Conference. Applicants must be RWA members who are 2016 or 2017 RITA finalists. Members may apply by submitting a personal letter stating their financial need, their serious pursuit of a romance writing career, and why they believe attendance at the conference in the year of their application will benefit their romance writing career.

The fund is overseen by Romance Writers of America. Click here to apply. 

E-mail info@rwa.org with questions.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2017.

 

Sherrilyn Kenyon Grant

The Sherrilyn Kenyon Grant (funded by Sherrilyn Kenyon) will award up to $1,500 toward the payment of the RWA2017 registration fee, travel to Orlando, FL, and lodging for one 2017 Golden Heart finalist. 

The grant will also pay the RWA2017 registration fee of another 2017 Golden Heart finalist.

Applicants must be RWA members who are 2017 Golden Heart finalists. Members may apply by submitting a personal letter stating their financial need, their serious pursuit of a romance writing career, and why they believe attendance at the conference in the year of their application will benefit their romance writing career. 

The fund is overseen and administered by Romance Writers of America. Click here to apply.

E-mail carol.ritter@rwa.org with questions.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2017.



RWA Spectrum Grant

The purpose of the RWA Spectrum conference grants is to demonstrate RWA’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity by ensuring that authors of Diverse Background are represented at RWA’s National Conference. RWA wants to affirm the principle that when Romance authors and the Romance genre more closely reflect the diversity of society, RWA, the publishing industry, and readers will benefit. The grant is available to published or unpublished authors, be they members or non-members of RWA.

Per RWA's Policy and Procedure Manual, "Diverse Background" refers to a member of RWA who comes from a historically underrepresented background. These backgrounds include, but are not limited to, underrepresented communities of race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, and religion.

Each grant will provide conference registration, attendance at the Librarian Day breakfast or luncheon, plus $1000 for travel. Non-monetary benefits may include:

  • Consideration for conference programming and inclusion on panels
  • Participation in the Literacy Autographing 
  • Inclusion on RWA’s VIP list for invitations to receptions and parties 

Applications must be received by February 22, 2017.

 

Cathie Linz Memorial Fund

RWA established a memorial fund to honor the memory of romance author and first RWA Library Liaison Cathie Linz, who passed away in March 2015. The fund will award at least four scholarships for the payment of registration fees for the Librarians Day portion of the RWA Conference. Applicants should be librarians, library school students, or library paraprofessionals providing services related to popular romance fiction or interested in learning more about the genre. 

Applications should be submitted by completing the following: Cathie Linz Memorial Fund Application.

To donate to the fund, mail a check to RWA, attention: Cathie Linz Memorial Fund, at RWA, 14615 Benfer Rd, Houston, TX  77069. Please write “Cathie Linz Memorial Fund” in the check memo line. Or, you may donate online at Donate to Cathie Linz Memorial Fund.

E-mail libraries@rwa.org with questions.

Award recipients will be notified by May 10, 2017.