Naropa University 2015 Summer Writing Program

SWP Scolarships

Please note, the 2014–15 FAFSA with complete 2013 tax information is required for all scholarships. Naropa’s six digit school code for the application is:  014652. Also, please include you social security number on the registration form to ensure processing of applications as quickly as possible. Thank you!

Naropa Students

Degree-seeking students taking the program for graduate or undergraduate credit may be eligible for federal financial aid if enrolled for at least 6 credits (four weeks for undergraduate credit, three to four weeks for graduate credit). Naropa undergraduate and graduate students should complete the 2014–15 FAFSA or the 2014–15 International Student Financial Aid application by March 1 in order to be considered for any forms of institutional or federal aid. The FAFSA is available at The international student financial aid application is available at

Non-Degree-Seeking Credit Students

Students who are enrolled as degree-seeking students at another institution and are taking the SWP for credit should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for information regarding eligibility for aid. 

The Zora Neale Hurston Award is awarded to selected students who identify with, or who have experience working with, people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  The award amount covers partial to full tuition (for all recipients) and housing costs (for out-of-state recipients) for one to four weeks of the Summer Writing Program (credit or noncredit). The award is based on exceptional literary merit and promise as well as financial need.  Students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Summer Writing Program Scholarship in memory of kari edwards is offered annually to one credit or non-credit student accepted into Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and be involved in gender activism and writing experimental works.

The Leslie Scalapino Award will be offered each year to one MFA Creative Writing and Poetics or MFA Creative Writing student attending the Summer Writing Program who has a body of work in the field of experimental postmodern women's poetry and poetics. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The Institute of American Indian Arts Award is given annually to one current undergraduate student enrolled at the Institute of American Indian Arts, who will be attending the Summer Writing Program. The award covers full undergraduate tuition for the four weeks of the SWP and includes housing in Snow Lion at the shared room rate.

Four Amiri Baraka Scholarships will be offered to writers whose writing shows a connection to the work and legacy of Amiri Baraka specifically, and the Black Arts Movement in general: work that continues the Black Arts Movements experiments in combining formal innovation, the dynamics of vernacular speech, that transcends genre; works that speaks for racial equality, and revolutionary political commitments. These scholarships are cover one week of non-credit tuition to Naropa’s Summer Writing Program, and provide a room in a shared apartment at Snow Lion (if needed). Students from diverse cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for any of these awards, click here!


All applications are due by April 8, 2015. Awards will be announced in early May.