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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

High School Scholarships

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Creative Writing Talent Grants
Writing Scholarship for High School Seniors

Deadline: 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017. 

Winners need NOT plan to be English majors or minors.

These $1500 scholarships to Minnesota State University, Mankato are for high school seniors intending to enroll in college classes in Fall 2017. Scholarships will be awarded in the areas of:

  • Short Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry

The scholarships will be payable in two installments, Fall and Spring semesters 2017-2018, and applied to tuition at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The application package consists of a 5-10 page portfolio of one or more literary works, which will be the basis for selecting the scholarship recipients. Portfolios may feature one or more works in a single creative form (fiction, for example) or they may mix forms, as long as the portfolio does not exceed 10 pages.  No research or academic writing should be included. 

FORMAT OF PORTFOLIOS:  Use 1-inch margins, 12-point Times Roman (or similar) font, with no more than one work per page.  Include a cover page with your name, address,  telephone number, and email address, and send by either U.S. mail or in electronic format to one of the following addresses.  Beyond this cover page, no letter or application is necessary.

U.S. Mail format:  Applications must be postmarked by the due date. Send copies only (do NOT send originals) to

Department of English                                                                   
Talent Grant Committee                                                                 
230 Armstrong Hall                                                                      
Minnesota State University, Mankato                                           
Mankato, MN 56001                                                                         

Electronic format:  Indicate "TALENT GRANT SUBMISSION" in your email subject line.  Include your name, address, and phone number in the text area and attach your manuscript in one MS Word file.  Send the email to

Award recipients will be announced in April.