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Three scholarships, the Vivian Grey Scholarship Award, the Paula Danziger Scholarship Award and the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award, are available to promising writers and illustrators who could not otherwise afford to attend the in-person One-on-One Plus Conference.  Scholarships will not be awarded for virtual conferences.

Vivian Grey Scholarship Award

Named in honor of RUCCL founder and longtime council chair Vivian Grey, who was an author, teacher and advocate for children's literature.

Paula Danziger Scholarship Award

Named in honor of celebrated author Paula Danziger, who was a frequent mentor and speaker at the One-on-One Plus Conference, and a good friend to many of us.

Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award

Sponsored by Adams Literary

Named in honor of Dorothy Markinko, a dedicated member of the Council for over 25 years, who was one of the first literary agents to specialize in representing children's book authors and artists. Ms. Markinko was a colleague and, in the spirit of One-on-One, a mentor of agent Tracey Adams. She turned over her place on the Council to Ms. Adams, who went on to found Adams Literary.

About Scholarship Applications

The scholarships are designed for those who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. Applicants may apply either for a scholarship OR via the non-scholarship application method, but not both ways. Scholarship applicants can not have been previously published and the work submitted can not be under contract.

Please note that the scholarships cover the full cost of the conference fee, but that transportation and related expenses are not included. As the scholarships are based on merit as well as need, RUCCL reserves the right not to award one or both of them in any given year.

Scholarship Application Procedure

This year we are asking all applicants to submit their application materials both by regular mail AND online — please do both. Before applying, please read the conference waiver. Then follow the step-by-step instructions below:


Print and fill out the 2019 Application Form


Assemble the following printed items:

  • 2019 Application form from Step 1
  • A sample of your strongest work. See the list on this page for a specific description of what to send.
  • A cover letter that tells us a little about yourself, your writing or illustration background, and why you wish to attend, including indication of financial need. Please include in this letter a 3-5 sentence summary of the work you're submitting.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope in order to be notified of our decision. We do NOT notify by email.
  • Note: scholarship applicants do NOT include a check for the conference fee.


Mail in the above items. No matter which age category your manuscript falls in, please mail ALL scholarship applications to our scholarship coordinator at this address:

Rutgers University Council on Children's Literature Scholarship
c/o Mary Riskind
223 Brookside Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450


Complete the online application process. Go to the link below to fill out the online scholarship application form and to upload digital copies of your work sample and cover letter. Please be sure that the manuscript sample you submit online is IDENTICAL to the one you send by mail.

You are now done! Notification letters will be sent out in late August.


June 1, 2019

Mailed application materials must be postmarked by this date. Please note that the scholarship application deadline is earlier than the non-scholarship deadline.


Middle Grade, Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Authors:

The first 5 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced (an additional one-page plot synopsis is optional)

Young Adult Authors:

The first 5 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced (an additional one-page plot synopsis is optional)

Picture Book Authors:

A complete manuscript, double-spaced

Illustrators and Author-Illustrators:

5 illustration samples, with or without a complete picture book dummy

Do NOT send original art.

Color copies are fine. We cannot return and are not responsible for any materials submitted.

Have a Question? Contact us at: ruccl.org1on1@gmail.com