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The Mary Bradish Memorial Scholarship is offered to talented women writers of limited means who are aged 60 or older. The scholarship fund was established by friends of the late Mary Bradish O'Connor, a Mendocino Coast poet, and is awarded through a grant from the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County. Typically this scholarship provides partial support to more than one applicant, but full fees for one writer could be paid in exceptional circumstances. Awards are made on the basis of merit and need. This scholarship is for conference fees only; travel and lodging expenses are not covered.

If you have received financial support from MCWC in the past three years, you are not eligible. You may apply again if you received a grant four or more years ago.

If you apply for a Mary Bradish Scholarship, your application will also be considered for a MCWC Scholarship Grant; you do not need to send a separate application.

How to Apply for the Mary Bradish Scholarship

Put together an application packet that includes:
  • A completed conference registration form.
  • A letter noting your age qualification and explaining your financial need, along with and the names and phone numbers of two personal references.
  • A writing sample (up to ten pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. type) in any prose genre, or up to five poems.
  • Mail your application packet by May 15 to:

              Mary Bradish Scholarship
              Mendocino Coast Writers Conference
              P.O. Box 2087
              Fort Bragg, CA 95437

    Selections will be made and winners notified by May 31.

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