New Flannery O'Connor Graduate Fellowship Fund
Monday, May 17, 2009
After Flannery O'Connor graduated in 1947 with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Writers' Workshop, she became a major force in American literature. Now a fellowship fund in the late writer's name will help our program attract other writers with similar potential.
The Flannery O'Connor Graduate Fellowship Fund was initiated by a gift commitment to the UI Foundation from the Ralph Schultz Family Foundation of Waterloo, Iowa. The endowed fund will increase the level of assistance available to Writers' Workshop students, and affirm the program's commitment to developing promising writers, regardless of financial means.
The O'Connor Fellowship Fund has already received gifts in addition to the initial one from the Ralph Schultz Family Foundation, and the Workshop actively encourages others contributions to further enhance the fund's impact.
Lan Samantha Chang, the director of the Workshop, said the need for such assistance is critical to the program's future:
"As the model for creative writing programs worldwide, the Iowa Writers' Workshop has long been the destination of choice for talented writers who wish to hone their craft. To preserve that distinction, we must provide the kind of financial support that will make it possible for the very best writers in the country to keep coming to Iowa.
"The Flannery O'Connor Graduate Fellowship will help ensure that the UI remains the most prestigious program in the country, and we are extremely grateful to the Ralph Schultz Family Foundation for launching this initiative."