Dear listserve members, just a reminder of this annual scholarship opportunity for the Western Literature Association (and two other conferences) offered by the National Willa Cather Center.


National Willa Cather Center Scholarship for Student Research

The National Willa Cather Center is supporting emerging Western Literature Association scholars who increase our understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Willa Cather. As a part of this effort, we have created a $400 annual scholarship to support a student presenting their Cather-associated work at the Western Literature Association Conference and who meets the criteria below.



  1. Recipient must be a graduate student or advanced undergraduate student.
  2. Recipient must be on the program to present a paper related to Willa Cather at the Western Literature Association. All scholarly and critical approaches are welcome, as long as Cather’s work is a central focus.
  3. Recipient must have travel and registration expenses not already covered by other external sources.


How to Apply

Applicants should send a message to NWCC Education Specialist Rachel Olsen at [log in to unmask] with the following attachments:

1.      One-page cover letter which clarifies that the applicant meets all of the above criteria

2.      Copy of accepted proposal for scholarly presentation

Applicants who seek a scholarship should submit their application no later than August 18, 2019.


WCF Emerging Scholar Scholarships

The Cather Foundation is awarding three annual $400 scholarships. We prefer to award at least one scholarship to a student presenting at the annual conference of the American Literature Association and another to a student presenting at the annual conference of the Western Literature Association. A third scholarship is undesignated to a specific conference, but preference is given to students presenting their research at conferences that are not Cather-specific (such as the International Cather Seminar, for which there are other available scholarships).

Tracy Sanford Tucker
Education Director & Certified Archivist
Affiliate Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies

The National Willa Cather Center
413 North Webster Street, Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402-746-2653 | Toll Free: 866-731-7304 |