NLAPW awards are established for the purpose of promoting professionalism in Art, Letters, and Music, encouraging talented women to pursue further education or other goals which affect their creative efforts. All are awarded in accordance with specific donor requirements.
Grants & Scholarships General Information
National Art Chair:
Rosie Eylens, Pikes Peak CO Branch
Pikes Peak Pen Women
National Letters Chair:
Dr. Evelyn Bethune, Daytona Beach FL Branch
National Music Chair:
Dr. M.J. (Sunny) Zank, Central Ohio Branch
The Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for the Mature Women, NLAPW, Inc.
Grants will be awarded in 2018. Postmark Deadline is October 31, 2017.
Download the Shirley Holden Helberg Grants for Mature Women Application:
Must be age 35 or older to receive this grant.
Each applicant in Art, Letters or Music must send a letter stating that she will be age 35 or older during the calendar year 2016, is not a member of NLAPW or a member of the immediate family of an NLAPW member. She must state her background and purpose for the grant. Money from this grant must be used for the purpose stated in the letter of application. Entry must be accompanied by a check or money order for $35.00 payable to NLAPW, Inc with the memo line: Mature Woman Grant. Do not send cash.
Winners are announced at the NLAPW Biennial Convention. Those applying in multiple categories must send separate applications with entry fees for each. Send your complete application packet to the judge in the appropriate category:
Submit three 4×6 color prints (NO SLIDES) of your work. All work must have been created in full by the artist applying. Any or all media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, original works on paper or sculpture. Photography: Submit three 8×10 prints. Include a SASE to receive a list of winners. If you wish to have your prints returned, include a mailer with sufficient postage for their return. Do not send originals; send only copies.
Submit an article or short story not to exceed 2,500 words or the first chapter of a nonfiction book or novel or the first act of a play/film script. The chapter/act should not exceed 4,000 words, and a detailed outline or synopsis must also be included. The chapter not to exceed 4,000 words and a detailed outline or synopsis must also be included. The work must have been created in full by the writer applying. The submission must have been written within the past five years. Include a SASE to receive a list of winners. No manuscripts will be returned. Do not send originals; send only copies.
Submit scores of two published or unpublished musical compositions. All work must have been created in full by the composer applying. Each score should have a minimum performance time of 10 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes. Please include an audio MP3 or CD of the scores you are submitting. At least one of the scores must have been written in the past five years. Include a SASE to receive a list of winners. If you wish to have your scores returned, include a mailer with sufficient postage for their return. Do not send originals; send only copies.
The Helen Trueheart Cox Art Scholarship for Native American
Download the Helen Trueheart Cox Art Scholarship application:
Candidates must be female, ages 18 through 25, and a member of a Native American tribe. These grants are awarded every two (2) years for scholarships in art and each is given to a Native American girl who is talented but lacks financial resources to further her education. Funds must be used toward courses at an accredited college, university or trade school. Funds will be mailed to the academic institution to be used by the student.
National Grant: $1,000
Carroll (Mid-Atlantic) Grant: $500 To be eligible for this grant, the individual must reside in the Mid-Atlantic States.