Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship

To receive the Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship, you must demonstrate exceptional talent and a passion for writing.

The award was established by Patricia Cornwell '79, author of over 30 works, which have been translated into more than 20 languages and are consistently on best-seller lists.

The Cornwell Scholarship is valued at $25,000 annually, and if offered to one student in each first-year class. The scholarship is renewable as long as you maintain the required grade point average, make expected progress toward your degree, and remain engaged in the writing community.

Recipients are not required to major in English.

Application Process

In addition to the application for admission and scholarship application, students must submit a letter on the role of writing in their lives and up to 10-pages of their best creative work in the genre(s) of their choice.


This application and the required additional materials should reach our Admission and Financial Aid Office no later than the application deadline for your chosen admission plan (Early Decision 1 - Nov. 15; Early Decision II - Jan. 2; or Regular Decision - Jan. 5). Please note that you must be an applicant for admission to Davidson College before you can submit your application for this award.


For questions or additional information, please contact:

Gardner Roller Ligo
Director of Merit Programs