Naropa University 2020 Summer Writing Program


Apply for an SWP Scholarship

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 14, 2020; extensions March 1


The Zora Neale Hurston Award is awarded to selected students who have experience working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds for one week of the Summer Writing Program. The award is based on exceptional literary merit and promise as well as financial need. 

The Summer Writing Program Scholarship In Memory of kari edwards is offered annually to one credit or noncredit student attending all or some weeks of Naropa Universitys Summer Writing Program. An eligible applicant 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 to one Kerouac School MFA Creative Writing & Poetics or MFA Creative Writing student attending the Summer Writing Program who has a body of work in the field of experimental postmodern womens poetry and poetics. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. 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 three weeks of the SWP.

Four Amiri Baraka Scholarships (Tamaas) 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.

Jack Collom Memorial Scholarship for Ecology & Writing will be awarded to one non-credit, non-degree student for one week of the Summer Writing Program. Can include, if needed, a room in a shared apartment at Snow Lion Apartments for seven nights.  Students do not need to complete a financial aid application (FAFSA or International Aid Application) to be considered. To apply applicants will need to submit a personal essay, 500 to 700 words in length, addressing their recent accomplishments, current projects, or publications of their work; and 5-10 pages of poetry, prose, or translation. Preference given to students incorporating ecology into their writing.

Two Margaret Randall Scholarships in Memory of Mark Behr are offered annually to participants in Naropa’s Summer Writing Program. Each scholarship will cover one week of non-credit Summer Writing Program tuition and, a room, if needed, in a shared apartment in Snow lion residence hall for seven nights. The scholarships will be awarded to writers of extraordinary talent and promise. Students do not need to complete a Financial Aid Application (FAFSA or International Aid Application) to be considered. To apply applicants will need to submit a personal essay, 500 to 700 words in length, addressing their recent accomplishments, current projects, or publications of their work; and 5-10 pages of poetry, prose, or translation.

Kevin Killian Memorial Scholarship
For the summer for 2020, three non-credit tuition scholarships will be awarded in memory of Kevin Killian; beloved of many Kevin Killian was known for personal generosity, a politics of queer friendship, affinity, & welcome, as well as being a supremely gifted writer moving among––and enlivening–––a host of genres such a novels, poems, poet's theater, internet reviews and more. The scholarships are intended to support writers whose work participates in this lineage of queer poetics.

Latinx Poetics Summer Writing Scholarship

The Latinx Poetics Scholarship will support a writer(s) whose work emerges from the diverse realities of Latinidad including (but not limited) to Afro-Latinx writers, undocumented writers, and writers whose work express the post-colonial complexities of language, sexuality, immigration, class, race, color and/or nation. The scholarship will support three weeks of non-credit tuition, and a shared apartment in Naropa housing. It is our hope that the scholarship will support one writer for the whole three-weeks of Summer Writing Program 2020; however, if that is not possible the Scholarship will be split to support multiple recipients.



If you need assistance completing either application, please contact the Financial Aid Office:, 303-546-3509

Due to privacy regulations set by the Department of Education anything with personal identifiable information cannot be sent or received by the SWP office. Please use this secure portal where you can submit these documents to Financial Aid.


Enrollment Requirements for Federal Aid

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) for the summer term to be eligible for aid.
  • Undergraduates must be enrolled all 3 weeks of the SWP to earn 6 credits.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in all 3 weeks to earn at least 6 credits.
  • Failure to maintain half-time enrollment during the summer term could result in loss of aid eligibility and a balance due to Naropa

Scholarship Application Requirements

Complete the 2020 Summer Writing Program Scholarship Application

Provide the following information for each scholarship you’re applying for:

A personal letter, 500–700 words in length, discussing the following areas:

  • Your contributions and activities within the Jack Kerouac School, the university, and/or the local/national artistic community

  • Recent accomplishments, current projects, or publications of your work

  • Your interest in attending the Summer Writing Program including the workshops you'd like to attend.

  • If you are applying for the Zora Neale Hurston, kari edwards, Amiri Baraka, or Leslie Scalapino Awards, additional information regarding your experience with specific populations should be included

Writing Sample: 5–10 pages of your current poetry, prose, or translation.

All documents should be saved in .pdf, .rtf, or .doc format

UPDATE: Students applying for more than one scholarship must submit separate applications for each scholarship for which they are applying.

New students receive their MyNaropa username and password via email after submitting their registration to the program. International students may simply enter 'international' into the field requiring a Social Security Number. 

A student applying for scholarship does not need to have already registered, but it is strongly encouraged and highly recommended. Seats fill up quickly when public registration goes live. If you wait, you will loose this priority. 

Students must log in to their MyNaropa account with their username (Student ID) and password. If a student does not have a student ID at the time of scholarship application, you may use '0' for your Student ID.

Click HERE to be directed to the SWP Scholarship Application under "Public Registration" on MyNaropa. 

NOTIFICATION OF AWARDS: Decisions will be made by the Financial Aid Office in conjunction with a Scholarship Committee comprised of the Artistic Director, Manager, and Coordinator of the Summer Writing Program. Decisions will be based on the quality of the individual’s work, activities with the department/university, current projects/publications, and financial need. Decisions on all awards will be made by April1, 2020. All applicants will be notified via email.


Contact Information

Summer Writing Program Office // Swanee swp[at]naropa[dot]edu
Please note: Swanee cannot directly accept applications.

Financial Aid Office // Phone: 303-546-3509 Email: