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Antonia Scholarship

Offered by Willa Cather Center

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Sep 22, 2023
1 award worth


Grade level

High School Senior

Application deadline:

February 28, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school senior planning to study English or History at college? If so, consider applying for the Antonia Scholarship! The scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors from U.S. high schools who plan to study English or History at university. The scholarship is funded by the Willa Cather Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1955. The foundation helps continue Cather’s legacy and supports the next generation of writers. The Ántonia Scholarship is in honor of Annie Sadilek Pavelka, the inspiration for characters in Cather’s stories “My Ántonia” and “Neighbour Rosicky.” Each year, one eligible applicant wins a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for their degree. If you are on the road to studying a History or English degree and would like some help paying for it, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to prospective first-year college students who are planning to pursue a degree in English or History at an accredited college or university.

Grade Level

High School Senior

Academic Interest

Literature/English/Writing, History

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, mail your online application and the below application materials to the following address: Ántonia Scholarship Program, Willa Cather Foundation, 413 North Webster Street, Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970.

1,500-word essay

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Willa Cather Center at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Antonia Scholarship is not renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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