Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program Announces A New Fellowship for Veterans: The Francis L. Toner Fellowship

[Chestnut Hill, MA, April 12, 2018] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is thrilled to announce a new fellowship for veterans. In light of the establishment of this fellowship, the program is extending its application deadline to April 30, 2018, for a summer/fall 2018 start.

Established by Solstice MFA Program student Mark Jednaszewski, the Francis L. Toner Fellowship for Veterans honors the memory of LTJG Toner, USN, who in 2011 was awarded the Silver Star (posthumously) for his service, gallantry, and self-sacrifice on behalf of his fellow officers in Afghanistan. The Fellowship provides either a $1,000 tuition wavier toward the recipient’s first semester or free room & board on campus for his/her first year in the Solstice MFA Program. {To read Lt. Toner’s Silver Star citation, click here: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/a/francis-l-toner-iv.html.}

Another Solstice MFA Program Fellowship is still available for a student starting the program this summer/fall: The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices. Through the generous support of Laure-Anne Bosselaar (wife of the late Kurt Brown) and family, Lee Hope, and the Solstice Institute, the Solstice MFA Program is able to award The Kurt Brown Fellowship to support an incoming student of diverse background or experience who also demonstrates financial need. The Fellowship provides $1,500 to a first-semester student who begins the program during the summer residency/fall semester. Writers of all genres are welcome to apply. The Kurt Brown Fellowship especially seeks to support individuals from cultural, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds who otherwise might not be adequately represented in the program.

Please click on the link for more information about both fellowships and application to the Solstice MFA Program: http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-financial-aid

ABOUT SOLSTICE & PINE MANOR COLLEGE

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

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