Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Children's Lit signpostFinancial Aid for teachers and librarians

Hollins offers a fifteen percent tuition discount to teachers and librarians.
To apply: Submit the appropriate application verifying your position as a teacher or librarian.

Are you an alumna/us of other Hollins programs?

Hollins offers a fifteen percent tuition discount to alumnae/i of the university.
To apply: Submit your class year and degree

The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Scholarship

$1,000 for the best creative manuscript submitted. This award includes a reading by an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Deadline: March 15
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Internship with the annual journal Children’s Literature

Open to students in the M.A. and M.F.A. programs. This opportunity carries a $2,000 tuition stipend.
Deadline: February 15
To apply: Send a statement of your qualifications and reasons for applying to Julie Pfeiffer (jpfeiffer@hollins.edu), journal editor.

Dhonielle Clayton Scholarship

Honoring Dhonielle Clayton, M.A.’09 and COO of the organization We Need Diverse Books, this scholarship awards $1,500 to a new or returning student who is a person of color or of native/indigenous ancestry.
To apply: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Hollins Graduate Program Financial Assistance Application (PDF), along with a short description of your scholarly and/or creative work.


All new and returning students who request financial assistance are considered for the following awards:

To apply: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Hollins Graduate Program Financial Assistance Application (PDF). 

Margaret Wise Brown Scholarship
Honoring Margaret Wise Brown, Hollins College class of 1932, and author of beloved children’s books including Goodnight, Moon and The Runaway Bunny. $1,000, given to a student who shows promise in the writing of children’s picture books, or who is an alumna of Hollins.

Francelia Butler Scholarship
Honoring the late Francelia Butler, founder of the journal Children’s Literature, now edited at Hollins, and founding angel of our children’s literature graduate program. $1,000, given to a student with a demonstrated enthusiasm for the field of children’s literature and a focus on scholarly study.

Beatrix Potter Scholarships
Named for the famed creator and illustrator of Peter Rabbit. Two awards of $1,000 each, one given to a first-year student who shows exceptional promise in illustration, and one to a returning student whose growth in her art has been exceptional. 

Tinker Mountain Scholarships
Named for the iconic mountain that overlooks the Hollins campus. Two awards of $1,000 each, one given to a first-year student showing exceptional promise in young adult or middle grade fiction, and one to a returning student whose growth in her literary craft has been exceptional.

Swannanoa Scholarship
Named for the building which is home to the Children’s Literature program and the Hollins English Department. $1,000, given to a student doing exceptional scholarship in any genre.


Need-based partial-tuition grants are also awarded

To apply: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Hollins Graduate Financial Aid Application (PDF).

Students are eligible for federal loans

To apply: Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Hollins Graduate Financial Aid Application (PDF).