The Barbara Seranella Scholarship Program


For information, please contact Marge Dodge.

(760) 333-0733

The Palm Springs Writers Guild annually awards a merit-based, monetary award to a Coachella Valley resident who is currently enrolled in a college or university and is majoring in a writing related discipline. Such majors include but are not limited to Journalism, English Composition, Creative Writing and Script/Film Writing. Students enrolled in an MFA program are also eligible.

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 award is presented to a student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, is a U.S. citizen with a valid social security number and is enrolled as a full time college/university student.  The amount of the award will be determined as budgeted by the PSWG Board of Directors. Historically, one award in the amount of $1,000 per year had been given, but the scholarship is not bound by that limit.

 The scholarship committee is composed of at least three PSWG members who are responsible for administering, promoting, and seeking funds for the scholarship program.

 To make a donation to the Barbara Seranella Scholarship Fund, please fill out scroll down to fill out our online form. Donations can be made by credit card via PayPal or check payments. 

Thank you for your contribution. 




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