The Writing Roosters Scholarship for The Michelle Begley Mentor Program


The Michelle Begley Mentor Program

The Writing Roosters Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Michelle Begley, founder of the RMC-SCBWI’s mentor program and member of The Writing Roosters critique group, who passed away suddenly in January, 2015. This scholarship seeks to support aspiring children’s book authors or illustrators who desire to hone their craft by participating in The Michelle Begley Mentor Program. To learn more about the mentor program, visit .

Eligibility: The Writing Roosters Scholarship is available to writer and illustrator members of the RMC-SCBWI who have applied to the Michelle Begley Mentor Program. You must be a Full or Associate member of the RMC-SCBWI, or a PAL member who has not yet published a PAL-qualified book (e.g., has published in magazines, online, in an app or other media). PAL book authors, or previous winners of the scholarship are not eligible. Applicants may only enter once each year.

Application Instructions:

Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on November 9, 2021, via email only. Click the link for complete application instructions: Roosters Scholarship Application

Selection: The scholarship recipient will be chosen from the pool of scholarship applicants selected to the Michelle Begley Mentor Program. Applications will be reviewed by The Writing Roosters critique group and members of the Begley family. Applicants will be judged on the quality of their work as well as their answers to the application questions. The recipient will be notified in mid-December, before the first payment to the mentor program is due, and the scholarship payment will be made directly to SCBWI on his or her behalf.

How to Donate to the Scholarship Fund

If you are interested in donating to The Writing Roosters Scholarship fund, please contact Laura Perdew at lmperdew[at]

Please note that because the fund is not classified as a charity, your donation cannot be considered a charitable donation for tax purposes. Check with your accountant to see if it qualifies for any other deduction.