Scholarship Competition

Scholarship Competition

The Arts Club of Washington’s

2019 Scholarship Competition in Poetry


The Arts Club of Washington—the oldest nonprofit arts organization in Washington, D.C.—sponsors an annual scholarship to recognize promising students specializing in a specific art form or medium. In 2019, scholarships were awarded in the category of poetry on April 12, 2019.



The Awards

Winner $2,000

Amanda Hodes

Senior, American University

for her poem “Footnotes”



1st Runner-Up $1,000

Chidera Abii

Senior, University of Virginia

for her poem “I completely understand”


Honorable Mention $750

Azia Armstead

Senior, Virginia Commonwealth University

for her poem “Ode to the Dirt”



The competition is open to college students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who are at least 18 years of age and who have not reached their 27th birthday by January 1, 2019. There is no entry fee.

The Competition
Scholarships was awarded to students submitting an original poem of no more than 300 lines demonstrating excellence in the art of poetry. Judges not affiliated with the Arts Club evaluated the entries and selected the winner. The judges considered such questions as: Does the poem display creativity and originality? Does the poem engage the reader? Does the poet demonstrate a true understanding of poetic form?

Scholarship winners will be recognized and read their poems at a dinner and awards ceremony to be held at the Arts Club on Friday, April 12.


Download the entry form
Scholarship 2019 Entry Form

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