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SCBWI-IL Lift As You Climb Scholarship

The SCBWI-Illinois Lift As You Climb Scholarship
has been created to celebrate the activism of Americans like Ella Baker and amplify the voices of BIPOC kidlit writers in Illinois.

Sponsored by ally, author and long-time SCBWI-IL member Patricia Hruby Powell, this scholarship will provide a SCBWI Membership/renewal and a free attendance to the online SCBWI New York Winter Conference 2021.


APPLICATION is open to Illinois Residents over 18 years, who are kidlit writers identifying as black, indigenous and/or people of color (BIPOC) who would not otherwise be able to attend the SCBWI New York Winter Conference 2021 due to financial constraints. SCBWI members, lapsed members and non-members are eligible. Please review the conference policies.  If you cannot virtually attend the conference, there is no substitute prize nor cash equivalent offered. Please be prepared to offer the following information:

─ Full name
─ Illinois address
─ E-mail address
─ Phone number
─ SCBWI member or non-member (All are eligible; members and lapsed members will receive a 1-yr. SCBWI membership renewal. Non-members will receive a 1-yr. SCBWI membership.)
─ Confirm that you identify as BIPOC

─ 100 words or less on how this conference might move your career forward and help amplify your underrepresented voice as a member of SCBWI.


The winner will be selected by Patricia Hruby Powell and announced on December 1, 2020 in the SCBWI-IL December Good News and on SCBWI-IL social media platforms. The recipient will be emailed and directed on how to receive their membership/renewal and register fee-free to attend the online conference. 

between Sunday, November 1 and Monday, November 30 (by 12 NOON CST). No applications will be accepted outside this date range.There is no application fee.

Questions? Email the Co-Regional Advisor.


Patricia Hruby Powell is a SCBWI member of the Illinois region and the author of LIFT AS YOU CLIMB: The Story of Ella Baker, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. The story celebrates the civil rights activist (Simon & Schuster BFYR, June 2020).


SCBWI-IL is grateful to Patricia and everyone who lifts up Illinois kidlit creators!  If you would like to sponsor a scholarship or contribute to an existing prize, email the Co-Regional Advisor.