Give to the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program
“Art is the big yes.”
— Marvin Bell, Poet
Great talent often goes undiscovered and undeveloped due to a writer’s lack of time, resources, and moral support. Pacific’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program offers an opportunity for emerging writers to study with prominent authors and join a community of supportive peers to create and contribute to the conversations of our time.
When you give a gift to the Master of Fine Arts in Writing scholarships, you are assisting writers whose art reflects the full and rich diversity of our humanity. Listed below are some of the ways you can support these students.
Expand Equity | The MFA in Writing Endowed Scholarship
The goal of the endowed scholarship is to increase equity and diversity in the MFA program, including racial and ethnic diversity. When you support underrepresented writers, you help build a greater future. At full funding, the endowed scholarship will provide up to $18,000 in tuition to a highly meritorious incoming MFA student in financial need whose talents add to the distinct voices in our program.
Open Horizons | The Mapmakers Scholarship
The Mapmakers Scholarship fund is named after Mapmaker, an early collection of poems by MFA faculty member Kwame Dawes. Professor Dawes has been a leader in the program’s mission to diversify the writers we serve and create equity. In helping us name the fund, he said, “The title characterizes what I think of myself as both a writer and as an advocate for the work of others and as someone who tries to open new territories for those who have not had access.” This current use fund offers $1,000 - $8,000 in tuition to exceptional students of color.
Support Women | The Katherine Dunn Scholarship
This fund affirms and encourages exceptional female student writers who have demonstrated financial need. Katherine Dunn is the author of the best-selling novel Geek Love and was well known for her work as a boxing reporter. In the early 1970s, she faced challenges as a single mother of a young son in Portland, working long hours in the morning as a waitress and in the evenings as a bartender. In between, she took care of her son and wrote short stories, poetry, and articles. She joined the Pacific Master of Fine Arts in Writing MFA program in 2013, where she was a generous and brilliant teacher. This current use fund offers tuition assistance to women writers entering the MFA program.
Provide Possibility | The John Hayes Scholarship
The John Hayes fund, named after the founding dean of the MFA in Writing program, affirms and encourages talented writers entering the program. This fund offers the Pearl Scholarship providing $7,500 in tuition to an exceptional student, as well as yearly merit scholarships providing $1,000-$4,000 in tuition.
Create Community | The MFA Excellence Fund
When we cultivate a community that serves to uplift one another, we accomplish more in the world and in our own lives. The MFA program welcomes donors who would like to contribute to unrestricted funds that can be applied to the program’s greatest needs, such as support for visiting writers, publishing projects, public readings, and more.
We thank you for your commitment to art, inclusion, and equity. We are happy to give you more information and answer any questions you may have about the MFA program and the ways that you can support writers. Please contact the MFA director, Shelley Washburn, at email@example.com or 503-352-1532.