Author Funds Columbia Publishing Course Fellowship for Black Students

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest, will fund fellowships for two Black students, selected from six historical Black colleges and universities, to attend the Columbia Publishing Course. The full name of the fellowship is the D’Aprix Sweeney Family Fellowship, and it will be funded for five years at a value of $100,000, giving a total of ten students $10,000 each. Daniel Halpern, president and publisher of Ecco, will administer the fellowship. Halpern, along with a changing roster of three Black writers, will choose recipients.

“I feel an urgency to do what I can to promote better equity for underrepresented voices in publishing. I’m excited to partner with my publisher Ecco to promote in-house participation for this effort and, I hope, to help create long overdue change," said D’Aprix Sweeney.

Students from the following colleges and universities qualify to apply: Alabama A&M University, Albany State University, Dillard University, Hampton University. North Carolina A&T State University, and Prairie View A&M University.

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