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Various groups have established named scholarship funds for Clarion students. Outside organizations fund most of these, but the following are funded by earmarked donations from people like you. To contribute to a named scholarship, choose from the menu below or follow the instructions for payment by check.

 

Leonard Pung Memorial Scholarship

On September 3, 2012, the Clarion community lost much-loved member Leonard Pung, who attended the workshop in 2009 at the age of 47 while holding down two jobs. Leonard died from complications of leukemia.

Leonard's friend and Clarion classmate Ken Schneyer wrote the following tribute: "I met the generous and wry Leonard Pung at the Clarion Writers' Workshop at UCSD in 2009. He wrote stories full of yearning, but in real life was full of humor -- there was no context in which he would not utter the most outrageous pun he could think of. He was a kind but firm critic, a supportive friend, and a good man at a party. The warmth of his heart you could feel across a room; he loved people, and let them know it."

The bio section of Leonard's 2011 Clarion Write-a-Thon writer's page reads: "I am a proud alum of Clarion 2009, a life-changing experience for me. I have worked as a whitewater rafting guide for over fifteen years and a middle-school English teacher for over ten. I am currently preparing to move from the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada to Los Angeles, where I will be attending USC's Master of Professional Writing program. I am currently working on a near-future novel of post-peak-oil America."

The Clarion class of 2009 has established the Leonard Pung Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to Leonard's spirit, creativity, and courage. The annual scholarship will be awarded to a student who begins study at the Clarion Workshop after the age of 40. Because Leonard was only starting to live his dream when he passed away, his classmates created this scholarship in the hope that others may finish the journey he began.

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...please send your check or money order (payable to The Clarion Foundation) to:

Nancy Etchemendy, Treasurer
The Clarion Foundation
2111 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Please note that your donation is for the Leonard Pung Scholarship fund. Include your name and address so we can send you a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

 

Mary Sheridan Endowed Scholarship

Mary Sheridan was Clarion's chief administrator during the workshop's three decades at Michigan State University. Mary helped every Clarion student, whether they knew it or not. To ensure that she will always be associated with the Clarion Workshop, the Clarion Foundation has established the Mary Sheridan Endowed Scholarship. We'll miss you, Mary, but you will be a part of Clarion forever. To donate to the Mary Sheridan Scholarship Fund, simply make a cash donation following the instructions below. In the "Special instructions from you to Clarion" box on the payer information page, or enclosed with your check, mention that your donation is for the Mary Sheridan fund. All contributions are tax dedictible.

Donate to the Mary Sheridan Scholarship Now

To donate immediately using VISA, MasterCard, or American Express, simply use the electronic form below. All donations are tax deductible.

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To donate by mail...

...please send your check or money order (payable to The Clarion Foundation) to:

Nancy Etchemendy, Treasurer
The Clarion Foundation
2111 Sand Hill Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Please note that your donation is for the Mary Sheridan Scholarship fund. Include your name and address so we can send you a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

 



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