The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
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Arizona Educator Scholarships

Full conference registration for teachers in Arizona

Each year, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing offers several scholarships to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference for Arizona teachers working in primary, secondary, or higher education. 

Scholarships provide full registration to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference and recognition in the conference program.

Applications for this year's Arizona Educator Scholarships are now closed.

To learn more about the scholarship, you can view the information below or submit an application.

For more information on other scholarships, visit our scholarships page.  

For more information on the conference, you can meet our faculty or view this year's schedule

Arizona Educator Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible, individuals must be currently employed by an institution of primary, secondary, or higher education in the State of Arizona. Educators of all subject matter and grade levels are encouraged to apply. 

Please note: individuals who have received an Arizona Educator Scholarship for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference within the past year are ineligible to apply.

No additional support for travel, lodging, or other financial assistance is available at this time.

Scholarship Application Process and Guidelines

Applications for the Arizona Educator Scholarship are simple, and consist of answering a few questions about the conference's personal and professional impact (500 words or less each):

  • What do you hope to gain from attending the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference?
  • What are your personal and professional goals? How will the conference benefit you as an educator or writer?
  • How will the conference benefit your institution and its students?

Important Dates

Arizona Educator scholarships for 2020 are now closed. All applicants will be informed of selection no later than December 15. 

More Information

For more information about the Arizona Educator Scholarship, contact Conference Consultant Felicia Zamora at