Terry McNemar, a long time member and former president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., passed away in 2015. He was a guiding light for the organization for many years, remembered for his generous spirit and his humor. He worked diligently both behind the scenes and on the stage of the board of directors itself to help keep the organization healthy and to help bring writers from our state and region into the fold. This was one of his passions. Many of our current members can cite Terry’s influence on them in making the decision to come to the conference for the first time, not to mention continuing on the path toward improving their writing.
During his time as president, Terry frequently arranged scholarships and internships for those who could not afford to come to the conference. In his absence, Terry’s family has requested that West Virginia Writers continue his legacy in this by establishing an annual scholarship fund in his name.
The T.W. McNemar Scholarship is open to writers and aspiring writers who wish to improve their craft through the workshops offered at our annual summer conference, but who may not be able to afford to otherwise attend. The scholarship will include waived conference fees for the recipient(s), as well as room and meals paid for in full during the three day conference. This will be a continuing fund, open to recipients each year. The process for applying includes a form application, found here at our website, which will also include an essay portion. The one page (or more) essay is intended to explain why the applicant would like to attend the conference, what their financial needs are, and what it would mean for them to have this opportunity. As a bonus, we ask that applicants include their favorite joke (dirty or clean) as Terry always liked a great joke. (The quality of the joke will not be a determining factor in awarding the scholarships; we just think Terry would have found it funny.)
Scholarships will be awarded based on need, quality of essay, and number of submissions received. Scholarship awards will be announced via email and/or telephone by Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Interested applicants may submit the application form and requested essay by Saturday, April 1, 2017.
They can be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by U.S. Mail to
TW McNemar Scholarship
c/o Eric Fritzius
231 Lookout Lane
Lewisburg, WV 24901