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Apply to be a Writing Scholar



We are so glad you are interested in becoming a Writing Scholar with the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute (EDWI). Below is more information about who Writing Scholars are and additional information about applying.


What is a Writing Scholar and who can apply to be one?

Writing Scholars are Diné high school or college students who exhibit a serious interest in creative writing and want to advance their creative writing ability. Writing Scholars receive funding from EDWI to participate in the week-long program, including funds for meals, and lodging in residential halls at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. To meet EDWI’s goal of growing the next generation of Diné storytellers and creators, the Writing Scholars program is only open to current Diné high school and college students.



High school and college students applying for a Writing Scholar award must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • must be Diné and currently enrolled in a high school or college/university. Important note: students must only be Diné and they can reside on or off the reservation.
  • must exhibit serious interest in creative writing.
  • must be willing and able to participate fully in EDWI, meaning residing in residential halls (even if the student is from Crownpoint or the surrounding area) and full participation in all EDWI activities and events.
  • must adhere to all policies, procedures, regulations and rules set forth by EDWI and Navajo Technical University for the duration of their participation in the program.


How to Apply

Writing Scholar applications can be completed online here. Once you complete the application, press SUBMIT. Your application will then be displayed in our database and we will send you a confirmation email stating that we received your application. Please note that a confirmation email does not mean you have been accepted into the program. If you are accepted as a Writing Scholar, you will receive an official letter with the Director’s signature and more information about when to show up to campus.

Students must complete the application fully and to the best of their ability. Considering this is a writing intensive summer program, any short answer sections of the application should contain more than one word answers. Applications that are detailed and show creativity will be given more consideration. Students who are under the age of 18 will need to complete the application with their parent or guardian.

Important note: even if a student isn’t accepted into the program as a Writing Scholar, they can still attend the public agenda of the program. Not being accepted as a Writing Scholar only means that the student won’t receive funding for meals or lodging. Writing Scholar awards are limited because of funding.



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Navajo Technical University, like all tribal colleges and universities, grew out of a prayer in the 1960s that envisioned all tribes moving toward self-determination by expressing their sovereignty and establishing their own institutions of higher education. It was as a result of this movement that NTU began as the Navajo Skill Center in 1979 to meet the immediate needs of an unemployed population on the Navajo Nation.

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Navajo Technical University Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint, NM 87313 505.786.4358