Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Members for Members Scholarship Fund

Members For Members Scholarship Fund

This scholarship will be awarded to writers and/or illustrators who are Michigan residents and who wish to become members of SCBWI, or to current SCBWI-Michigan members who fit the scholarship guidelines.

Awardees will have an interest in and are actively working toward creating children’s books that resonate with diverse readers as defined by We Need Diverse Books. The scholarship will offset the cost of an annual membership in SCBWI (which includes membership in SCBWI-Michigan) and is currently $80.00 for full membership and $65.00 for student membership.

This grant is sponsored by donations from current SCBWI-Michigan members. The number of awards will be determined by donations to this scholarship fund.

Deadline: Applications are accepted February 14 through April 15, 2020. The winner(s) of the scholarships will be announced on or about May 1 annually.

Award: Scholarship winners will receive a year’s membership to SCBWI either beginning in May if the winner is a new member. If the winner is a current member, his/her membership will be extended for a year.

SCBWI and SCBWI-Michigan membership benefits include but are not limited to reduced conference registration rates for members, access to members-only opportunities and awards offered by SCBWI and SCBWI-Michigan, access to our quarterly publication, The SCBWI Bulletin, and ongoing free access to local Shop Talks in Michigan, etc. In addition, winners will receive a follow-up phone conversation with a current member.


This award is open to persons who live in Michigan.

Please collect the following information for the body of an email:

1.)  Full name and contact information: mailing address, email address, social media handles, and phone number. Indicate if you are a current SCBWI member.

2.)  Provide a brief description about works-in-progress or projects in the planning stages. Name some recent educational experiences that have supported your interests in writing/illustrating for children.

3.)  Include a statement about why you want to become a member of SCBWI. What in kidlit captures your motivation and commitment? Indicate your school or college and program if applying as a student member.

4.) Include a brief statement of financial need. Please do not provide any personal income information.

Address the email to our SCBWI-MI Regional Advisors: Carrie Pearson ( and Jodi McKay ( Fill in the subject line with: Members for Members Scholarship Application. Provide the requested information in the body of the email letter and send.

Questions?  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Chair

Interested in making a donation to support our Members For Members Scholarship Fund?

You can send your donation via PayPay or by check.

By PayPal: donations made through our SCBWI MI PayPal account should read, “M4M Scholarship” email address is

By check: make your check payable to SCBWI-MI with a note to read, “M4M Scholarship.” Checks should be sent to Carrie Pearson, 3204 Island Beach Road, Marquette, MI 49855 c/o SCBWI-MI