In 2015 and 2016, the Sirens community raised funds sufficient to provide a number of Sirens scholarships—both registrations and Sirens Shuttle tickets—to Con or Bust to provide to fans of color/non-white fans, to exemplary programming presenters, and to those with financial hardships. We hope to match—or even surpass—that generosity for Sirens in 2017!
We are accepting scholarship donations through March 30, 2017.
Can you help us reach our goal of including more voices in Sirens?
You can donate any amount to these scholarships, and if you choose to donate—no matter the amount—we will feature you, under your chosen name (or anonymously), on our website and in our program book. More importantly, both our Sirens team and our community will be grateful for your commitment both to those who might not otherwise be able to attend Sirens and to the inclusiveness of our community.
Why Offer Scholarships?
Sirens is an in-person conference, and attendance requires funds—which means that not everyone who wishes to is able to join us. Their absence makes both our conference and our community less vibrant.
Because each Sirens attendee comes with additional conference expenses, from food to registration bags, and because Sirens endeavors to keep its attendance cost as low as possible for everyone, Sirens does not have funds available to both present Sirens itself and to award scholarships. Fortunately, the Sirens community has been tremendously generous in helping others find the means necessary to attend.
Types of Scholarships
We’re hoping to receive enough funds to cover the following proposed scholarships, designed to serve a number of potential attendees. But in the event that we don’t, we will fund scholarships in the following order:
- Con or Bust
Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. Sirens hopes to provide Con or Bust with at least three Sirens registrations and Sirens Shuttle tickets in order to help people of color/non-white people attend Sirens. Con or Bust will allocate these scholarships according to its rules.
- Programming Presenters
Every voice at Sirens is vital to the vibrancy and diversity of our conversations, but we always appreciate the skill, talent, and expertise that our accepted programming presenters have volunteered to share with our community. We’d like to again recognize exemplary programming proposals with financial support. This year, Sirens hopes to award three accepted presentations with a Sirens registration and Shuttle ticket. (Selected presentations with co-presenters who have opted in for scholarship eligibility will share the funds across selected presenters.) These are merit-based scholarships, and will be selected by a committee. Please note that, if you’ve received a programming scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year (though your co-presenters may be).
- Financial Hardship
People sometimes say that money makes the world go round; we’d like to counter with the idea that generosity makes the world go round. Not all individuals who wish to attend Sirens can afford to do so, and you can help make Sirens a possibility for those who can’t. Sirens would like to award as many selected recipients as possible with a Sirens registration and Sirens Shuttle ticket, in the hopes that this will enable them to attend Sirens in the fall. Please note that, if you’ve received a financial hardship scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year.
As Sirens operates under the auspices of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are eligible for tax deduction within the United States. Sirens staff are, of course, not eligible for scholarships (and, in fact, purchase their Sirens registrations and tickets like any other attendee). Any leftover or unclaimed funds will be considered donations to Sirens. If you have any questions or concerns, please write Amy at (amy.tenbrink at sirensconference.org).