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Members for Members Scholarship Fund

Members For Members Scholarship Fund

New Extended Deadline for the Members for Members Scholarship Fund Applications

This M4M 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. Scholarship winners will receive a year’s membership to SCBWI or in the case of current members, as an add-on to the current membership, OR funds may go towards an SCBWI-MI conference.  

Awardees will have an interest in and are actively working toward creating children’s books that resonate with diverse readers. We recognize all diverse experiences and seek applicants who promote inclusion and support underrepresented groups in children’s publishing including, but not limited to, those marginalized due to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, and religion.

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) or may be applied towards an SCBWI-MI conference. 

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

Extended Deadline: 

Submissions are open through June 1, 2021. The winner(s) of the scholarships will be announced on or about June 15.  


This award is open to persons who live in Michigan. 

Please collect the following information in 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 those in the planning stages and how your WIP meets the criteria established above. 

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