Nana Lampton Scholarship for Emerging Writers


Applications for the 2017-2018 Nana Lampton Scholarship for Emerging Writers are now being accepted.

Scholarship application deadline is April 1, 2017.

The Nana Lampton Scholarship covers $5,000 of the annual tuition ($5,500) for the Carnegie Center’s Author Academy. The Scholarship is awarded to one applicant each year based on financial need in combination with writing goals, a writing sample, letter of recommendation, and a completed application.

This scholarship is offered in coordination with Nana Lampton–a writer, painter, arts advocate, and lifelong Kentuckian. Her books include The Moon with the Sun in Her Eye and Wash the Dust from My Eyes.

To apply for the 2017-2018 Nana Lampton Carnegie Center Author Academy Scholarship, please submit the following to Marcia Jones at or mail to Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, Lexington KY 40507 no later than April 1, 2017.

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone
  • Email Address
  • Brief writing history
  • Preferred genre
  • Your writing goals for the nine-month program
  • How you hope the Author Academy will help you achieve your goals
  • How working one-on-one with a mentor will benefit you
  • A written explanation, in as much detail as possible, describing why you qualify for this need-based scholarship
  • A writing sample reflective of your writing style and preferred genre that is not more than 2000 words, or 5 poems that do not exceed a total of 2000 words
  • A recommendation from someone who knows you as a writer explaining how they know you as a writer and why you are a good candidate for the 2016-2017 Nana Lampton Carnegie Center Author Academy Scholarship

All applications received by the April 1, 2017 deadline will be reviewed by a committee. The Recipient of the 2017-2018 Nana Lampton Carnegie Center Author Academy Scholarship will be announced on May 1, 2018.

If you would like to apply to the Carnegie Center’s Author Academy and do NOT require financial aid please go directly to the standard application.

To return to the Carnegie Center Author Academy home page, click here.