Charlie’s Army Needs You

Madison fan Charlie Bernstein is known for throwing Cow-themed parties at conventions in support of OdysseyCon in Madison, WI. In September, while driving to work, Bernstein’s car was struck and he has been left paralyzed. A GoFundMe has been created to help raise the funds needed to provide Bernstein with the bed and retrofitting his house needs to allow him to live there.
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TAFF Candidates

Sarah Gulde, Alissa McKersie, and John Purcell have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Helsinki for Worldcon 75 in 2017. The voting deadline is March 4.
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2017 GUFF Candidates

Donna Maree Hanson, Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Australasia to Europe for Worldcon 75, next year’s Worldcon in Helsinki. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote.
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Conrunner Donation

Satellite 4, the 2014 Eastercon, has announced a donation of £1,000 to Conrunner, a UK con-running convention. The funds will be used to provide at least three bursaries, including membership in Conrunner. The deadline for the initial submissions is December 18. Conrunner is scheduled to take place the weekend of February 10-12 in Nottingham.
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SLF Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winners of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. The Diverse Writers Grant was given to Gabriel Thibodeau and the Diverse Worlds Grant went to Eden Royce. Each grant is for $500. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
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Big Bang Scholarships

The producers of The Big Bang Theory have announced the five recipients of the Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment. This academic award will present each student with $10,000 per academic year towards their STEM education. The scholarship was put up by the producers and actors on the television show and the recipients also received invitations to attend a tapin g of teh show.

  • Steven La
  • Mia Reyes
  • Amy Shao
  • Jonathan Shi Jr.
  • Mateen Ul Hassan

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SMOFCon Scholarships Awarded

CanSMOF has announced the recipients of three scholarships to help convention runners attend this year’s SMOFCon, scheduled to be held in Rosemont, IL the weekend of December 2-4.

  • Canadians Scholarship: Patricia Widish of Manitoba, Manitoba
  • Non-North American Scholarship: Ester MacCallum-Stewart of Southville, Bristol, UK
  • Unrestricted Scholarship: Katharine Bond of Seattle, Washington

SMOFCon Scholarships Available

CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 34, to be held in Rosemont, IL, December 2-4, 2016. Three scholarships are being made available, one scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running, one is for a non-North American fan, with the third scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is September 18, 2016.
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Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship Available

The University of Oregon has announced that the application period for the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is open through Friday, September 2. The Fellowship is provided to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. $3,000 will be awarded for travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives.

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SFWA Grants Available

Non-profit organizations that support SFF authors can apply for a grant from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The application for grants are due by October 1, with decisions made in November. This is the second year of the SFWA Grant program. In its first year, grants were provided to LaunchPad astronomy program, the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers, the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and the SFWA Star Project.

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