The Rafael Lopez and Pat Cummings Merit Scholarships are now CURRENTLY CLOSED for the 2019 Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books!

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The Children's Book Academy is proud to offer merit scholarships for writers and illustrators who identify as being of color, or LBGQTI, as having a disability, who are currently underrepresented in the children's publishing industry. In addition, we are offering scholarships for low income folks who might not be able to take this course otherwise as well as to SCBWI Regional Advisors, ARAs, and Illustrator Coordinators or children's librarians who may or may not identify as being of any of these communities above but who do so much to help our field. To have a peek at the Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books course click here.

Easy Peasy Scholarship Criteria

Here's all that you need to do:

  1. Using your funniest or most lyrical language, tell us something lovely about yourself
  2. Describe how you meet our scholarship criteria
  3. Include your website if you have one, or drop some images labeled with your name into our Google Drive folder
  4. Talk about how you are going to give back by helping your fellow students and the Academy by participating in the group and helping us spread the word about our offerings
  5. Let us know if you are agented or if you've been previously published

The Craft & Business of Illustrating Children's Picture Books

Previous Year's Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 winners:
Cibyl Kavan, Larissa Marantz, Kristen Warner, Kenneth Lamug, Farouqua Abuzeit, Manjari Chakravarti, Angelica Jackson, Aura Lewis, Rebekah Lowell, Kimberly Frink, and Karen Yin,.

Congratulations to our 2015 winners:
Ruben Salazar, Mac McCord, Daisy St. Rose, Melissa Stagi Zepeda, Mariama Ross, Trisha St.Clair, Rosario Carillo, Marion Sipe, Melissa Henry, Cynthia Kukla, and Justine Lawson.

Congratulations to our 2014 winners:
Barbara Baker, Angel Alvarez, Rachel Dougherty, Jerrolyn Crooks -De Gracia, Eliane Mancera, Daria Peoples Riley, and Sharon Sordo.

To find out more about the course click here.

Rafael Lopez and Pat Cummings Scholarship at the Children's Book Academy

About the Scholarships

Our scholarships are an opportunity to promote diversity in a meaningful and broad way while also honoring people we think are wonderful. Originally our Hero's Art Journey course was an interactive course with a Pat Cummings scholarship but now that HAJ has become an on-demand self study course, we are honoring both Rafael and Pat here, so please read on to find out more :)

Meet Rafael Lopez at the Children's Book Academy

Meet Rafael Lopez

We are so delighted to be honoring Rafael Lopez with this scholarship for two main reasons: one is the quality of his artwork (gorgeous) and the other is his social activism. To find out more about Rafael, please visit his website here. Meanwhile here’s a peek at some of his books.

We offer these full and half-priced merit-based scholarships to help improve cultural representation in order to reflect the true make-up of the United States both as creators and as main characters in books! These scholarships to the interactive online Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books e-Course are for both fearful beginners (including writers open to learning to illustrate) to award-winning illustrators wanting to upgrade their skills and learn new and helpful information for the current market. To read more about diversity, visit our main scholarship page here.