MWCA Scholarship & Travel Grants

MWCA Scholarship & Travel Grant awards are offered to undergraduate, graduate, and professional writing center consultants and staff who are attending or presenting their research and scholarship at IWCA, NCPTW, or the MWCA conferences. This spring, Scholarship & Travel Grants of $300 will be awarded to support travel for student and professional members who plan on attending the 2018 MWCA Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on March 1-3, 2018. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional student writing consultants and staff who are members of MWCA and are attending or presenting at the conference are encouraged to apply for funding.


Applicants must be undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals currently working in MWCA member writing centers, or must have an individual MWCAmembership. The MWCA board especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups (people from underrepresented groups may self-identify on the required application form), and people who have never presented at or attended a regional conference or the IWCA or NCPTW conferences.

Because MWCA grants are competitive and awarded based on the degree to which the proposal meets the criteria described below, applicants are not guaranteed funding. The number of grants we award depends on the funding available to the MWCA and the quality of applications.


Interested applicants must complete the application form and also send a letter of application (approximately 3000 characters), addressed to the MWCA Board to with the subject line “MWCA 2018 Travel Grant.” The letter of application should discuss how the applicant’s experiences working in writing centers, including daily consulting/tutoring, research, and/or administrative work, make the applicant a good candidate for a Scholarship & Travel Grant. Good candidates are people who, through their letters, demonstrate:

  • evidence of commitment to writing center work (not merely that the candidate works in a writing center)
  • how they would benefit from MWCA conference participation
  • how their presence/participation would enrich the MWCA conference, e.g., the impact of their research or its interest to the field, their contribution to the diversity of the conference, etc.

The audience for the letter—members of the MWCA Board—are writing center professionals from a variety of educational settings who must award funding to candidates based solely upon what appears in the letter. Frequently, the Board receives over five times as many letters as it has awards to give. Therefore, a letter that appears not to have been carefully composed is unlikely to win funding.

Additional considerations: 

  • Applicants who have had conference proposals accepted will be given first priority; those attending but not presenting at the conference will then be considered for funding.
  • The MWCA’s intent is to encourage representatives from a diversity of institutions. The first consideration will be the quality of each application; ultimately, in the event of numerous highly competitive applications, reviewers will favor a diversity of schools to enrich the conference.
  • Applications from consultants/staff who have not won travel grants in previous years will be favored over applications from those who have previously won travel grants.

Deadlines & process:

For consideration for the 2018 MWCA Regional Conference, Scholarship & Travel Grant applications should be completed here and a cover letter should be sent via email to with the subject line “MWCA 2018 Travel Grant” by November 30, 2017.  

Regarding student applications, the writing center director will be notified of student applications via email and cc’ed on correspondence. In addition, if the review committee has questions about an application, they may wish to contact the applicant’s writing center director. Directors applying for the professional grant may simply include their own contact information here.

Notification of awards will be sent via e-mail by December 15th; the grants will be presented at the MWCA open meeting to be held during the conference.

Please contact Heather Carroll, MWCA Research Coordinator, with any questions.

Click here to begin your application.