JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - Belhaven University is honoring a well-known author and alum by helping young aspiring writers with a full-ride scholarship.
The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship provides a full-ride scholarship to an incoming creative writing major and additional scholarship awards to other applicants.
Now in its second year, the scholarships are named in honor of Angie Thomas, author of New York Times best-selling novels “The Hate U Give” and “On the Come Up.”
Thomas’ first novel, “The Hate U Give,” was made into a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox. Thomas is currently producing the film version of “On the Come Up.”
“It means the world to me to have a scholarship in my honor and to know that Belhaven has this level of pride for me,” said Thomas. “Even more than that, it’s incredible to know that this could play a huge role in a young writer’s life. That alone is an honor.”
Thomas was born, raised and currently lives in Jackson. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Belhaven University.
Belhaven will award an incoming freshman with the scholarship, which will cover tuition, room and board at the university for four years. Other applicants may receive scholarships as part of the program.
Thomas is encouraging students to apply and believes there are many young writers who could use the extra help to make their dreams of authorship come true.
“The pandemic has affected so many families financially, and suddenly many students may not know how to pay for college,” said Thomas. “I’m thankful that the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship exists so that it’s no longer a concern for a young person and their family.”
“Angie has shown us all that a voice of significance can reach and change the world. I can’t wait to see which Belhaven student is next to become a writer of distinction,” said Belhaven University President Dr. Roger Parrott.
Chair and Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Randall Smith spoke about how the university provides support for the growth of the scholarship winners.
“This scholarship provides a door to four years of personal and creative growth,” said Smith.
Smith looks forward to meeting the scholarship winners and hopes to help them grow in their writing program.
“In our writing program, we emphasize participating in an established and welcoming community of gifted writers who want to help each other grow as writers,” Smith said. “We will work hard to help them define and pursue their unique mission, calling, and career in life.”
Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship can visit here to learn more about the requirements and apply.
Applications are due March 15, 2021, and the winner will be chosen on April 15, 2021.