Amy Lowell, an American poet, passed away in 1925. She included a yearly scholarship in her will to encourage talented poets of American descent to study abroad.
In accordance with her last wishes, the scholarship is managed by the Trustees in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Choate, Hall & Stewart. Since the Trustees work to support and develop a varied collection of poets, they urge individuals from all ethnic origins to apply.
- The 2023-2024 Scholarship award will be approximately $66,500, adjusted for inflation. If there are two winners, each will receive the full amount. This is a poetry contest. The money won is generally spent on travel and living expenses.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States by virtue either of birth within the United States or of birth outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent.
- Any poet of American birth who is able and willing to spend one year outside the continent of North America.
- There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education programme.
- While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.
In order to apply, mail to:
Charles A. Cheever and William A. Lowell
Trustees under the Will of Amy Lowell
Choate, Hall & Stewart, LLP
2 International Place
Boston, MA 02110
- Two copies of the completed application. You may also, but need not, submit a 2 to 3 page curriculum vitae (again, two copies).
- A sample of your poetry, consisting of either
- up to 40 typed pages (two copies) or
- two copies of a printed volume of your poetry and two copies of no more than 20 additional typed pages.