November 17, 2023

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Nov. 17, 2023—Applications are open for the Writing and Innovation Scholarship at Centenary University. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming student who plans to enroll in the University’s Bachelor of Arts in Writing program for the fall 2024 semester. The winner of the competitive award will be selected by a scholarship committee at the University.

For consideration, scholarship applicants must be accepted by Centenary University for fall 2024 and submit a 650-word writing sample addressing this prompt: How do you think technology like artificial intelligence (AI) or virtual reality (VR) will change how writers write in the future? Submissions will be evaluated based on theme, artistic vision, personal voice, and technical skill. The scholarship is open to both incoming first-year students and transfer students.

“Now in its second year, this scholarship will recognize a talented student who aspires to a career in writing,” explained Lisa Mastrangelo, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of composition at the University. “Through the Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Centenary prepares students to succeed across the broad spectrum of careers in the field, from journalism to creative to professional writing.”

The Bachelor of Arts in Writing at Centenary University provides a broad-based educational approach that exposes students to many genres of writing. It is designed to meet growing demand in the profit and nonprofit sectors for employees who can think analytically and communicate clearly across a variety of platforms. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects above average job growth over the next decade in fields including public relations, technical writing, and content creation for advertising and marketing firms.

Entries for the Centenary University writing scholarship must be received by 5 pm on Jan. 30. Click here for complete scholarship requirements and to submit an entry.


Centenary University offers extraordinary learning opportunities that empower students to develop intellectually, emotionally, and interculturally—keys to career and personal success. Under the leadership of President Dale Caldwell, Ed.D., the University aspires to advance its reputation as a world class institution offering innovative programs, including the world’s first Master of Arts in Happiness Studies, to lift the future for our students and local communities.