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2020 Scholarships

Attention College-Bound High School Students!

The Amelia Island Book Festival is pleased to present two scholarship opportunities to the high school students of Nassau County. 

Applications are now open for the Christa Powell Walley Scholarship for $2,000, available for students seeking college education in the communications or creative writing fields.


In the memory of their late daughter, the Powells joined with the book festival several years ago to co-fund an annual college scholarship dedicated to encouraging young writers in their pursuit of a literary or communications career.

In addition, we have a new Amelia Island Book Festival Scholarship funded by the AEL Family Foundation for $5,000, available for any area of study. However, this scholarship requires a writing sample based on a specific topic. This year the topic is: 


"Why does education matter to you?"


Students can elect to apply for either or both scholarships. Just follow the directions below and on the application form.


Eligibility requirements:


  • For both scholarships you must be a U.S. citizen and a Nassau County resident 

  • A high school senior in good academic standing, planning to attend college or university

  • For the Christa Powell Walley Scholarship you must be seeking a degree in English, journalism, creative writing, communications, literature or related fields 

  • For the AIBF/AEL Scholarship you may be seeking a degree in any field 


Application Requirements:


To be considered, all students must complete the online application form and submit one writing sample.


  • For the Christa Powell Walley Scholarship your writing sample can be an essay, short story, poetry, fiction, non-fiction or journalistic article, maximum 2 pages, double-spaced, 15-point type font 

  • For the AIBF/AEL Scholarship your writing sample must focus on the subject, "Why does education matter to you?" The sample must be one to two pages (maximum of two) double-spaced, 15-point type font

The application form includes a file upload capability for your writing sample.





The winners will be announced at the Authors Expo on Saturday, February 15, 2020