Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-MI Scholarship Opportunities

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. Questions? Contact our Scholarship Coordinator, Jacquie Sewell at Mischolarshipcoordinator at  (use the @ symbol in place of ‘at’)

  • BIPOC Scholarship

This scholarship awards a one-year membership to SCBWI for people who would like to become new members and 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.

Deadline:  Applications are accepted Sept 1st-Oct. 1st. The awardee will be notified by Oct. 15th.

For more information and to apply go to BIPOC Scholarship Application

EACH ONE, REACH ONE! We invite you to share this opportunity with someone you know who qualifies, feel free to email or print out this poster! SCBWI BIPOC Scholarship poster
Reach out to contacts at schools of education, illustration programs, writing centers, libraries, K-12 schools. Please share!

Want to donate to the BIPOC Scholarship fund so more people can be awarded? CLICK HERE


  • Members For Members Scholarship: Supporting Inclusivity in Children’s Literature

This scholarship awards a one-year SCBWI membership to a Michigan writer or illustrator.

Qualifications: Must be a Michigan resident actively working toward creating children’s books that resonate with diverse readers.

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

Deadline: Applications are accepted from February 14 through March 14. The winner (s) will be announced on or about April 1 each year.

For more information and to apply go to M4M Scholarship Application

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” Search for 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


  • Business Development Grant

This grant provides funding to help move a creator forward from a business (versus craft) perspective.

Qualifications: Must be a Michigan resident and a member of SCBWI.

Award: The selected recipient will receive $225 in 2021.

Acceptable uses: website creation/updates, promotional materials, business development consultation fees, tuition, travel, or childcare expenses required to attend a business development class, related books, or materials. Funds can be used for more than one acceptable use, e.g., books and tuition for a class.

Non-acceptable uses are manuscript or portfolio critiques, classes, conferences, and webinars unrelated to the business of the children’s book industry.

Grant Payment and Forfeiture of Funds: Awardee will receive funds in a lump sum within 15 days of grant approval. The awardee will have one year from the date of receipt of funds to use the grant (Use Term). We encourage use within six months. As the awardee allocates the funds, receipts for each use must be provided to the SCBWI-MI Scholarship Coordinator. Any funds left unused by the end of the Use Term will be returned to SCBWI-MI.

Deadline: Applications are accepted June 4-July 5. The awardee(s) will be notified on or about July 12, 2021.

For more information and to apply click this link: Business Development Grant Application

Want to make a donation to the Business Development Grant Fund? Click HERE.

  • Shutta Crum’s Annual NY Winter Conference Scholarship

This scholarship will fund one Michigan SCBWI members’ tuition for attendance at the Annual SCBWI Winter Conference (Date TBA). Registration starts TBA 2021 for the Winter Conference. The scholarship amount is to be used solely for the cost of a member’s tuition. 


Each Applicant must:

–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 conference in either LA or New York in any previous year. (A former RA attending a national conference in his/her capacity as an RA is excepted.)

Award: A scholarship to be used at the NY Winter Conference

Deadline: TBA