» Talent Award in Creative Writing Scholarship

The Creative Writing program offers talent awards between $250 and $2,000 annually for up to four years to select students demonstrating exceptional talent in the area of creative writing and a commitment to the creative activity, scholarship, and service in the BFA program. Talent awards are stackable, meaning money above and beyond your financial aid package.

The deadline to submit materials for fall term is April 1. 


Recipients of the Creative Writing Talent Award must:

  • Complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing in 8 semesters
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in all major classes, with no grade of C- or below, and a 2.0 cumulative GPA, for all Chapman University classes
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 units or more per semester) and continued enrollment in the BFA in Creative Writing
  • Serve the program, department and University as an exemplary citizen through volunteering, leadership, and ethical behavior

How to Apply

To apply for a Creative Writing Talent Award, please compile your Creative Writing Talent Award Portfolio, including: 

  • Creative Writing Major: A completed application for admission to Chapman University indicating the Creative Writing BFA degree as your intended major. You may include a copy of the application, or (preferably) your Chapman University acceptance letter.
  • Creative Writing sample: A selection of prose fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry, not to exceed 10 pages. A finished story, novel chapter or series of poems is preferred. Sample should follow professional manuscript formatting rules.
  • Creative Writing Essay: Submit a personal essay of no more than 600 words discussing the theme “On Writing.” This essay should provide an insight into who you are as a writer, and what you hope to achieve at Chapman.


Submit your completed portfolio:

  • By email (PDF): Compile portfolio as a PDF attachment, subject “Creative Writing Talent Award,” and email to Creative Writing Program Director Morgan Read-Davidson at readdavi@chapman.edu
  • By mail (hard copy): Organize materials in the listed order above, staple and mail to:

Morgan Read-Davidson, Creative Writing Program Director
Department of English, Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Any questions about the award or the Creative Writing program can be directed to the Creative Writing Program Director Morgan Read-Davidson at readdavi@chapman.edu or (714) 532-7706 .