Our "Pay in Words" Scholarship Policy

We are committed to making The OpEd Project programs affordable for any underrepresented person who is dedicated to changing the world with their voice.  To that end, we provide full and partial scholarships for up to 40% of participants in any seminar. Our scholarship policy follows a social justice model in which those who can afford to pay help support those who cannot.

Our scholarship philosophy is as follows:  We ask anyone requesting a scholarship to "pay in words" by sending us a request in writing telling us why the assistance is needed, what op-ed you are committed to writing, and how it will contribute to changing the world.   

We go on the honor system, but we ask that you request the minimum scholarship that will allow you to attend - so that we can accommodate others who are in need.  If a scholarship of more than 50% is needed, we request that you first contact your university or employer to see if they will match our scholarship, before requesting additional support from us.   If that option is unavailable to you, we ask that you submit a 750-word draft op-ed, in order to be considered for a majority or full scholarship.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form, and one of our Regional Managers will be in touch. Please submit your scholarship application at least four weeks before the date of the desired program. Note: You must submit your scholarship request to us before you register on our website.  We cannot retroactively grant scholarships.

We very much hope you’ll join us!  If you need assistance, please be in touch as far in advance as possible.