Alumni Microgrants

Viaje a Casa de Mi Abuela (Journey to My Grandmother’s House) by 2019 Alumni Microgrant recipient Erick Hernandez

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni Microgrant Program supports creative projects by Alumni of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards . This program seeks clear and compelling proposals that advance Alumni development in their chosen practice in any field of creative inquiry. We define creative inquiry as any investigation that informs our humanity through art, writing, performance, social science, math, natural and physical sciences, or technology.

Up to six $1,000 grants will be awarded after proposals are reviewed by staff of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Exemplary proposals will demonstrate passion and dedication for the proposed projects. The Alumni Microgrant Program was created to support Alumni across all disciplines, states, and countries.

The application for the 2020 Alumni Microgrant Program is now closed. Congratulations to the six recipients of the 2020 microgrants!


  • Must be a Scholastic Awards Alumni
  • Currently enrolled high school and undergraduate students are not eligible
  • Previous recipients of this microgrant are ineligible
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency
  • Qualifying projects encompass a range of possibilities, including: cost of travel to conduct research; participation fee for a conference; writer’s retreat or residency; production costs for an exhibition or public installation; a component of completing a master’s thesis project or doctoral dissertation; realizing a curatorial or community-based project or event; editioning a print-based project; producing a film; as well as many more options.

About the Judge:

Ryan Lee Wong is a writer and arts organizer based in Brooklyn. He curated the exhibitions Roots at the Chinese American Museum and Serve the People at Interference Archive, both focused on radical Asian American movements. Wong has served as a Visiting Scholar at the A/P/A Institute at NYU, a Visiting Critic at RISD, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Chinese in America, and an exhibitions administrator at the Metropolitan Museum. He holds an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers-Newark, and serves on the board of the Jerome Foundation.

He received a Scholastic Alumni Microgrant in 2016, and a Silver Key in Photography in 2005 as a high school junior.


Disclaimer: Employees of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, former employees, and relatives of employees are not eligible for an Alumni Microgrant.