Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship

Belhaven University has announced the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program. These scholarships are named in honor of Belhaven alumna Angie Thomas ’11, author of New York Times best selling novels On the Come Up and The Hate U Give.

The Hate U Give was developed into a major motion picture from Fox 2000, and starred Amandla Stenberg. Angie is also working as a producer on the film version of On the Come Up.

The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship is open to incoming freshmen who wish to major in Creative Writing. Students who wish to utilize Belhaven’s Double Major Promise are also eligible if they choose Creative Writing as one of their majors. Belhaven will award one incoming freshman a full-ride scholarship, which will cover tuition, room and board at Belhaven University for four years. Other highly qualified applicants will also receive scholarships as part of the program. 

To apply for the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship, applicants must fill out the application for admissiondeclare Creative Writing as a major, and be admitted to Belhaven University. Applicants should also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Complete Requirements for the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship include the following:

  1. Twelve to fifteen pages of your best creative writing. You may include the following genres in your application portfolio: poetry, fiction, scripts, and creative nonfiction. All of your portfolio can be from one genre or a mix of genres.
  2. Write a two- to three-page essay answering this question: What are three things you would most like others to know about you and your community? Include examples that help the reader get to know you and your community.
  3. Include a cover letter with the following information: name, address, email address, telephone number, name of high school, and how you heard about the Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship.
  4. A completed application for admission to Belhaven University. 
  5. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Belhaven's FAFSA code is 002397.

All materials are due by March 1, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and winners will be selected on April 1, 2021.

These submissions can be sent to the Office of Admission at

If you have questions about the scholarship or the application process, contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-960-5940 or

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