Sep 25, 2012    #122
Contact: John Martellaro

Durwood Foundation Grant Supports Creative Writing Scholarships

$75,000 gift to Creative Writing and Media Arts program to aid graduate students

The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation recently gave a $75,000 gift commitment to the Creative Writing and Media Arts program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English. The grant will support scholarships for graduate students. Beginning in 2013, the gift will provide scholarship funding to recruit and support three new students for their three years of graduate school.

The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation has been an outstanding leader in supporting higher education at UMKC and has provided significant financial support to the Creative Writing program. This support has enabled it to become one of the most respected university-based creative writing programs in the nation.

This success is the direct result of its interdisciplinary approach and the high-quality student scholars that UMKC attracts to the program. The Durwood Scholars program - benefitting nine students in the last few years - has played a key role in elevating the program nationally.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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