Donate to the Scholarship

We are overjoyed to announce that enough donations were received in 2017 to fund two full scholarships.  Thank you!

For the past three years, generous donors have contributed enough funds for merit scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and lodging at the SVCW Summer Poetry Writing Workshops in Squaw Valley, California. The 2015 and 2016 recipients were chosen by Robert Hass and Meg Gravendyk. The 2017 recipients were chosen by Brenda Hillman and Meg Gravendyk.

For over forty years, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers has improved the craft of poets and writers and is considered one of the most respected writing programs in the country. For more information, visit:

To donate for the next scholarship through Paypal with your credit card or Paypal account, click here.

If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to The Community of Writers with the memo line “Hillary Gravendyk Scholarship” and mail to SVCW c/o Amy Rutten, PO Box 1416, Nevada City, CA 95959.

The Squaw Valley Community of Writers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Donations are fully tax-deductable. Tax ID: 23-7179177

Visit the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Support page here.


Notes from applicants:

“I’d like to say how much Hillary’s work has meant to me.  Between 2012 and 2015 I had an illness whose surgeries and treatments left me physically and mentally weakened, and unable to work or write. Though my illness was in no way comparable to Hillary’s, I was so grateful to discover her beautiful book, Harm.  Her lyric rendering of bodily trauma startled me with its seeing and with its understanding that the body is not on the mind’s tether, as I had once thought, but rather the mind on the body’s. I am so thankful for her work and saddened by her passing.”

“I so admire Hillary Gravendyk’s poetry: its exacting gaze, its relentless questing, its sonic lushness. I count Gravendyk among my influences and am honored to be considered for a scholarship in her name.”


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