Shutta’s Scholarship Solution to the Winter Doldrums



If you are interested in attending the 2015 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City, but feel you can’t afford it—think again! With member Shutta Crum’s help you might find yourself at the Grand Hyatt in NY on a blustery winter weekend.
Shutta is renewing her offer to pay the full early-bird registration fee for a Michigan SCBWI member to attend. ($415.00) The qualifying rules are listed on the application form which are posted on the MichSCBWIwebsite and below. (Deadline to apply for the scholarship is by midnight, Dec. 10, 2014.)

The conference is Feb. 6 – 8, 2015. Early bird registration is through December 15, 2014. See the national SCBWI site at:  for conference details as they unfold. You never know what magical thing might happen to you there!

Past winners have included: Amy Nielander, Kelly Barson, Vicky Lorencen, and Elizabeth McBride. Of last year’s conference Beth said, “I met such wonderful people and heard great presentations, thought and re-thought my efforts and intentions, and shared hopes and dreams with new friends and old.”


Any questions, feel free to contact Shutta Crum,or Michigan’s Regional Advisor, Leslie Helakoski at


leslie  AT  helakoskibooks  DOT  com .


NOTE:  Applications are to be emailed to Leslie Helakoski NOT Shutta!

The Mi-SCBWI Annual Winter Conference Shutta Crum Scholarship Application

(Michigan members only.)

This scholarship will fund one Michigan SCBWI member’s tuition (full early-bird registration of $415) for attendance at the Annual SCBWI Winter Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York, NY. Dates: February 6 – 8, 2015 (Info: ).

Applicant must:

–have been an SCBWI-MI member for a minimum of three years.

–have not had more than two books published by a publisher-member of the Children’s Book Council.

–not have attended a National SCBWI conference in either LA or New York in any previous year. (A former RA attending a national conference in his/her capacity as an RA is excepted.)

–submit the necessary form/information via email to Leslie Helakoski at: leslie  AT  helakoskibooks  DOT  com .  No later than MIDNIGHT, December 10, 2014.

–not currently be a member of SCBWI-Mi Chapter Advisory or a Non-Advisory Committee.

The winning applicant will:

–be chosen at random by an appointed member of the SCBWI-MI AdCom from all qualifying applicants after December 10, 2014. He/she will be notified BY PHONE.  (Please include your phone number!). If the winner is unreachable by phone he/she will be notified by email and must respond to that email within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected.

–be mailed a check for reimbursement of the registration fee (Not to exceed the cost of the early-bird registration fee.), once the winner can supply proof of his/her registration.

–be responsible for notifying SCBWI-Mi Regional Advisors in a timely manner if he/she cannot, in fact, attend. In such case, the winning applicant hereby states that he/she will refund to the organization any monies he/she was awarded.

–(NOTE: if time allows, a replacement scholarship awardee will be chosen at random from the qualifying applicants.)

To apply, all the information below must be provided in an email to Leslie Helakoski at :  leslie  AT  helakoskibooks  DOT  com . (Feel free to copy and paste this form.) Failure to include any said information will result in disqualification.



PHONE: _____________________________________________________________

EMAIL: ______________________________________________________________

I have read and agree to the above criteria. I believe I qualify for consideration for the Mi-SCBWI Annual Winter Conference Shutta Crum Scholarship for 2015. By signing this email, I acknowledge that I will register in a timely fashion should I be awarded the scholarship.

Signature: ______________________________________

Date: ______________________

7 Responses »

  1. I just renewed my membership for the third year. Does that count? Or will I have to wait until next November’s contest? At that point I will be entering my fourth year as a member. I’m just making sure I don’t miss if there’s a chance to be the winner of this generous offer! 😉

    • Lisa: The way we have it set up is that you “must have been” a member for three years. So, I’m sorry. You’ll have to wait until the end of this year if you are just now renewing for your third year. However, I am planning to continue with the scholarship for as long as I can. Hugs, S.

  2. Hi Shutta,

    I once again want to say thank you for your kindness and generosity towards all writers. I hope to one day do the same as you and give back to those that are working so hard on improving their craft.


    • Thanks, Meline.

      Help me spread the word about the scholarship!

      (p.s.–Please note that we changed the deadline to apply for the scholarship to Dec. 10th.)

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