The Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate exceptional talent and a passion for writing.

The award was established by Patricia Cornwell '79, author of over 30 works—which have been translated into more than 20 languages and are consistently on best-seller lists.

The Cornwell Scholarship is valued at $25,000 annually, and is offered to one student in each first-year class. The scholarship is renewable as long as you maintain the required grade point average, make expected progress toward your degree, and remain engaged in the writing community.

Recipients are not required to major in English.

Application Process

In addition to the application for admission and scholarship application, you must submit up to 10-pages of your best creative work in the genre(s) of your choice, which can include spoken-word poetry.


This application and the required additional materials should reach our Admission and Financial Aid Office no later than the application deadline for your chosen admission plan (Early Decision 1 - Nov. 15; Early Decision II - Jan. 6; or Regular Decision - Jan. 11).


For questions related to the Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship, please contact our scholarships team.