Writing Conference Scholarships: Announcing Our 2022 HippoCamp Scholarship Recipients

four women -- new friends -- posed at HippoCamp wearing masks

Allison Hong Merrill, a 2021 scholarship recipient (third from left) with three new friends — Cheryl, Melodie, and Jeannette — at HippoCamp 2021.


Each year, HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers offers writing conference scholarships (as many as we can afford!) to writers who require a little financial assistance to make the journey.

Thanks to our generous Friends (who donate monthly to support our work), and some wonderful individual sponsors, we were able to provide full and partial scholarship funds to 13 writers from all over the country this year!

We are so excited to welcome them to HippoCamp this year! Here’s our scholarship recipients for 2022:


Friends of Hippocampus Scholarship

Full registration + $200 travel stipend; open to all writers

  • Parisa Saranj – Baltimore, MD
  • Natalie Schriefer – Trumbull, CT
  • Cassandra Lewis – Wilmington, DE – runner-up/partial scholarship


Writers of Color Scholarship

Full registration + $200 travel stipend; open to all writers of color

  • Ishena Robinson – New York, NY
  • Jade Jemison – Tampa, FL
  • Jennifer Chong Schneider – Ridgewood, NY –  runner-up/partial scholarship


Jean Snow Memorial Scholarship (Sponsored by Athena Dixon)

Full registration; open to unpublished writers of color

  • Jamminia States – Augusta, GA


Work Hard, Not Smart Scholarship (Sponsored by Alexis Paige)

Full registration; open to neurodiverse writers

  • Kristin Hugo – Danville, CA
  • Veronica Cano – Decatur, GA  – runner-up/partial scholarship


Brief Encounters Scholarship (Sponsored by Rae Pagliarulo and Aisha Wiley)

Full registration; open to flash CNF writers

  • Eileen Collins – Rotonda West, FL
  • Briana Feinberg – Philadelphia, PA – runner-up/partial scholarship


Memoir Your Way Legacy Scholarship (Sponsored by Joanne Lozar Glenn)

Full registration; open to unmentored writers

  • Willa Bell – Elizabethtown, PA
  • Xavier Trevino – New York, NY – runner-up/partial scholarship

Congratulations to all of our recipients. We can’t wait to meet you and see how HippoCamp 2022 inspires you!


Look for details about conference scholarship opportunities for HippoCamp 2023 starting in the late fall.

HippoCamp, produced by the volunteer Hippocampus Magazine team, is now in its seventh year. Learn more about our past creative nonfiction conferences here.

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