Each year Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) awards select students in the MFA program up to $5,000 in scholarships. The number and amount of the scholarships vary depending on the qualifications of the candidates.
The Linda Bierds Scholarship is named for a distinguished poet residing the Pacific Northwest who has taught for many years in the Rainier Writing Workshop. The Carol Houck Smith Scholarship is established in memory of a longtime friend of literature and senior editor at W. W. Norton.
The scholarship amount is determined at the time of the student's acceptance to the program, and disbursed over the duration of the student's time in the program, contingent on satisfactory academic performance.