The Barbara Seranella Scholarship Program

For information, please contact Marge Dodge.

(760) 333-0733

Palm Springs Writers Guild:
Barbara Seranella Scholarship Program.

This annual scholarship is a merit-based award given to a Coachella Valley resident who is currently enrolled in a college or university and is majoring in a writing related discipline. Students enrolled in an MFA program are also eligible.

All eligible students who meet the following criteria are invited to apply. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. He or she must submit a completed application along with a 500 word writing sample on a topic of his or her choice. The applicant must be a US citizen with a valid social security number and must be able to verify full time college/university enrollment. 
All applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a writing instructor and/or scholarship counselor.

The scholarship is named for Barbara Seranella, a prolific and respected writer and an admired and beloved member of both PSWG and the Crime Writers of America. Barbara succumbed to liver disease after a long and courageous battle in 2006, and the scholarship, which is intended to aid the winner with tuition and other costs, was initiated as a lasting tribute in her memory. The 2013 winner will be notified in May 1, 2013, and the money will be available for the fall term.

Year 2013 — Amount $1,000

Who May Apply? Any Coachella Valley resident enrolled in a college/university with a declared major in Writing, such as Journalism, English, Creative Writing, Script or Screen Writing, Communication, or an MFA program.

  • GPA minimum of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale)
  • Completed application
  • 500 word (maximum) writing sample, demonstrating writing skills and written by applicant within the last 6 months
  • Verification of full-time enrollment
  • US citizen with a social security number
  • Letter of recommendation from writing instructor or school scholarship office.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013.

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Applications are available through college/university scholarship office or online at Questions? Contact : PSWGSCHOLARSHIPS@GMAIL.COM

Winning student will be notified by May 1, 2013 by mail with a copy to his/her school’s financial aid office. The monetary award will be sent directly to the university or college in the fall to be administered on the student’s behalf AFTER the drop class date.

Cal State senior is the winner of the 2012 Barbara Seranella Memorial Scholarship.

by John Carrigan

Jonathan Maule, a student at CSUSB, Palm Desert campus, is the proud winner of the Guild’s $1000 Barbara Seranella 2012 Memorial Scholarship. 

Jonathan, a senior with a major in English Literature has had a love affair with reading and writing since he was a child in Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Boise High School then set out for California, settling in Hollywood in 2004. While in Hollywood, Jonathan attended Musician's Institute, where he studied percussion, and UCLA Center for Pre-Hospital Care, where he earned an EMT certification. After working on a 911 ambulance in South Central Los Angeles, Jonathan moved to San Luis Obispo, where he graduated from the Central Coast Paramedic Program at Cuesta College. He moved to the desert in 2011 and, shortly there after, Jonathan enrolled at Cal State San Bernardino.

Jonathan plans to graduate in June 2013 then go on for his Masters Degree in Fine Arts. He is also an editor for the PDC literary magazine entitled Badlands and, along with his wife, founded the online literary journal, Apercus Quarterly.
Jonathan lives in Joshua Tree with his wife and their two dogs is the 1st place winner of the 2012 Desert Literary Society's fiction contest, and the 2012 California Writers Club Fresh Voices Scholarship. He was also recently awarded a 2012 Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship. 

The Guild takes pride in awarding this outstanding young man our Barbara Seranella Memorial Scholarship and we wish him success in all his future endeavors.
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