Covering Your Resident Program Costs
To keep our programs within reach of most applicants, we set our program fees lower than the actual cost. As a nonprofit institution, Pendle Hill relies on tax-deductible gifts to subsidize the remainder of the actual cost of each three-term residency and also provide additional financial assistance each year.
On a limited basis, Resident Program scholarships are available to particular applicants, as described below. Awards are based on need and most help pay for tuition, room, and board for one to three terms. Scholarships are available until filled. Early application is recommended.
If personal resources combined with organizational support are not adequate to cover Resident Program costs, we offer a number of options:
A limited amount of financial aid is available in exchange for work at Pendle Hill. Work/study positions vary according to Pendle Hill’s needs but are most often available for housekeeping, kitchen, and maintenance work. Weekend work is required. Work Study positions generally involve 70 hours per term (approximately 7 hours per week) in addition to the community work commitment (8 to 9 hours per week) required of each resident student. Applicants should note the impact of a significant work schedule on their experience in the Resident Program when considering this form of assistance.
Several endowed scholarship funds are available to people with specific qualifications and require the recipient to fulfill certain requirements during the resident term.
A limited number of small grants are available from funds designated by donors and the Pendle Hill Board for financial aid. These grants are usually awarded to match funds that you receive from sources outside Pendle Hill. Financial aid grants are offered on the basis of need.
Endowed Resident Program scholarships are for people with specific qualifications, as described below. Awards are based on need and help pay for tuition, room, and board for one to three terms. If you are interested, please request the appropriate scholarship application from the Education Manager.
Two to four scholarships are available, each providing up to 75% of tuition, room, and board. Each year at least one scholarship is designated to support an African-American activist through the Richard I. McKinney Social Witness Scholarship.
SASW scholars are responsible for contributing at least 25% of their Resident Program costs (the portion not covered by scholarships). This contribution may be paid through a combination of personal resources, stipends received from work site organizations, and support from the scholar's family or faith community.
Applications for the Social Action/Social Witness Scholarships are due by May 15.
Vail Leadership Grants are open to persons who have demonstrated leadership or a potential for leadership in the Religious Society of Friends, and who are endorsed by a monthly or yearly meeting.
The Henry J. Cadbury Scholarship is available for three terms to a Quaker student with serious interest in Quaker faith, practice, or history, who offers a specific research proposal of significance to the Religious Society of Friends. Endorsement of the student and project by a Friends meeting or institution is required.
The Kenneth L. Carroll Scholarship supports a Quaker student from an unprogrammed meeting with serious interest in the study of the Bible and Quaker faith and practice. Applicants from Philadelphia, Baltimore, North Carolina (Conservative), South Central, Ireland, Britain, Australia, New Zealand yearly meetings are preferred. An endorsement letter is needed from the monthly meeting clerk.
The Minnie Jane Quaker Artist Scholarship offers full tuition for at least one term to a Friend pursuing a creative project in fine arts, crafts, performing arts, creative writing, music composition, or another artistic pursuit that is compatible with Pendle Hill’s physical facilities and appropriate to the resident community.
The Nancy and Scott Crom Scholarship Fund gives special consideration to applicants already involved in social justice work, or planning to study in depth a major religious and social issue, or preparing for service in peace and justice work.
The Frank Loescher Scholarship enables a person active in social change work to come for a term of reflection, study, and writing.
The Richard I. McKinney Social Witness Internship allows at least one African-American activist to participate in the Resident Program as a Social Witness Intern.
Yarnall Scholarships are available for students who come to Pendle Hill from outside the United States.
The Mildred Douglass Scholarship, The Dorothy and Douglas Steere Scholarship, The Dan Conlon Scholarship, The Margery Walker Scholarship, and The Katharine D. Myers Scholarship in Honor of Mary Morrison and other endowed funds are designated more generally to help Resident Program applicants meet tuition fees.
Sojourner Scholarships are several smaller funds, mostly dedicated for members of specific Quaker yearly meetings, are available to help with expenses to sojourn or take a personal retreat for a period at Pendle Hill.
Bridget Casterline, Education Manager
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086-6023