Teacher Scholarships

The application period for JASP scholarships is now closed; winners will be announced  by April 16.

The 2018 Jane Austen Summer Program, “Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror,” will be held June 14-17, 2018, at the Hampton Inn in Carrboro, NC. Earn 3 CEU credits and gain valuable insights into teaching Jane Austen in your classroom! Scholarships are available.

The Jane Austen Summer Program is an annual four-day symposium designed to appeal to established scholars, high school and middle school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone else with a passion for all things Austen. Each year, the symposium focuses on a different Austen work.

This year’s program, “Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror,” celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of these two novels. While very different works by writers of differing temperaments, these two novels both react to the gothic movement in literature and comment on the frightening results of the French revolution.

The symposium features lectures, “context corners,” and small discussion groups, as well as special breakout sessions for teachers that will share innovative ways to bring Jane Austen alive in middle school and high school classrooms. Additional activities include Regency dance lessons, Regency theatricals, a Regency Masquerade Ball, and the chance to partake in an English afternoon tea.

The program offers 30 contact hours for 3 CEU credits. K-12 teachers receive a discounted tuition of $275 per person (regular tuition is $495 per person). The tuition covers all seminars, panels, lectures, and small group discussions, a tote bag, dance lessons, a rare book tour at UNC’s Wilson Library, one ticket to the Regency theatricals, and one ticket to the Regency Masquerade Ball, as well as a daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, a welcome banquet, and light refreshments at the Ball.

Scholarships are available to current North Carolina middle school and high school teachers. Two additional scholarships, made possible by a generous donation from Oxford University Press, are available to current middle school and high school teachers from any U.S. state. Scholarships cover the full tuition fee; free housing at the home of a local attendee will also be provided for scholarship winners, subject to availability.

Join us at the 2018 Jane Austen Summer Program and fall in love with Jane Austen all over again!

Our 2017 scholarship winners

For more about last year’s winners, CLICK HERE.

Middle School

Suzanne Bryant

Teaches seventh grade at Uwharrie Charter Academy, Asheboro, N.C.

Gloria Lynch

Teaches sixth-grade English at Wake Forest Middle School, Wake Forest, N.C.

Pamela Martin

Teaches Fourth through eighth grades in the gifted program at Fairview School, Sylva, N.C.

Alicia Rogers

Teaches sixth grade at Invest Collegiate: Imagine, Asheville, N.C.


High school

Kerri Chewning

Teaches English at Forbush High School, East Bend, N.C.


Crystal Hester

Teaches 11th and 12th grades, including the general groups, honors groups and AP English Language and AP English Literature, at Purnell Swett High School, Robeson County, N.C.

Marquitta Mitchell

Mitchell is a multi-classroom leader for the English I team at West Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, N.C.

Faydra Womble

Teaches at SandHoke Early College High School, Raeford, N.C.

Mentor Scholars

In 2017, for the first time, we also welcomed two “mentor scholars,” who gave a presentation to teachers. Both teachers were 2016 JASP scholars and were outstanding conference participants.

Michele S. Nease

Teaches eighth-grade humanities at Voyager Academy, Durham, N.C.

Sherrill Jolly

Teaches AP Literature and English IV at South Brunswick High School, Southport, N.C.


“I found the Jane Austen Summer Program to be one of the most inspirational events I have ever attended.  I appreciated the in-depth discussions of Persuasion in our small groups, as well as the larger Informational sessions. It was refreshing and rewarding to be a part of an academic exchange of ideas for a bit, and bask in the glory of just learning for learning sake! With that said, I TRULY enjoyed the teacher sessions with Kathryn Edelstein (I apologize for spelling errors on these names!) and Pamela Fitzpatrick and have used many of their suggestions as I plan my unit!

I found so much of Jane Austen’s work that I thought my students could benefit from, and that will be valuable to them as they grow and mature, that I wrote a grant for approximately $500.00 worth of Pride and Prejudice materials through Western Carolina University’s School University Teacher Education Partnership Grant. I am happy to report that  I learned just last week I was awarded the grant!  After the first of the year, I  plan to implement it with my 8th grade class of about 16 Gifted students. I am so very excited about this, but also nervous. I really want my students to appreciate Jane’s contributions as much as I do!  And just so you know…I plan to have a “tea” and serve clotted cream with scones and jam at the end of the unit!

I would have not taken this step if it had not been for your generous scholarship to the JASP, and for that I am deeply grateful! It is an experience that has had a lasting positive impact on my practice as a teacher!

Thank you so much for the opportunity! Please let me know if I can support JASP in any other way. I have already encouraged several teachers in my county to apply when the scholarship is announced! ”

— Pamela Martin-Fairview School- 8th grade, Sylva

“JASP 2017 was amazing and I am already making plans to attend in 2018!  It has given me a renewed interest in Regency England and the literature of the period.  As a 12th grade English teacher, it is always a challenge to find classic works that will appeal to my students; JASP gave me the opportunity to explore not only the literature but also the culture and history of the period.  I have shared the experience with several other teachers and have encouraged them to attend in the future because it was such an enriching experience.  From being able to talk with experts in the literature to lovers of the time period, I received an education like none other.”

— Crystal Hester-Purnelll High School, Robeson County

“JASP was an amazing experience for me! I was able to connect with other educators and share my ideas, as well as bring some back for my classroom! It really helped me think more about how to approach literature in my classroom–and not just Jane’s work either! I highly recommend the program to anyone who teaches English. It’s a really great way to enhance your classroom instruction. Also… it’s simply a lot of fun to meet and mingle with fellow Janeites!”

— Alicia Rogers, Invest Collegiate, sixth grade, Asheville

“I loved being surrounded by Jane Austenites! I’m so happy I was able to experience JASP and immerse myself in that culture. Hearing from teacher leaders who were successful in teaching the classics to their students was very valuable and provided me with information that I will continue to use for years to come. I feel that it was great to know how other educators use Jane Austen’s works to reach their students and challenge them. While I teach 9th graders, I was still able to take away many strategies for making literature come alive for my students! ”

— Marquitta Mitchell,  English 1 Multi-Classroom Leader at West Mecklenburg

  “The JASP summer experience is one which I look forward to as both an educator and fan.  The fabulous scholars, speakers and interns which make the experience so special are to be applauded.  The experience allowed me to collaborate with other teachers from around the state to develop ways to involve the genius of Jane Austen in my teaching experience.  Thank you for the amazing opportunity!”

— Michele Nease, Voyager Academy, Durham, eighth-grade humanities

“I was thrilled to be selected for a teacher scholarship to the JASP 2015. The program brought the world of Emma, and Jane herself, to life. I understand the workings of the cravat,  the significance of the specifics of  social discourse, and the exhilaration of Regency dancing–and have a much more intimate acquaintance with the works of Jane Austen and the lives of her characters.  The better I know my subject, the better I can teach it, so my students have access to more context and meaning as well. What a rich and rewarding experience!”

–Adrienne Berg, Woods Charter School, Chapel Hill, NC

“I am and will remain eternally grateful for the teacher scholarship I received in 2015.  JASP was a special time that caps my career as a teacher of fine and exceptional literature.  It was an honor and an inspiration to be among true lovers of all things Jane Austen, truly a rich, rich experience from beginning to end.  The presentations, field trips, special events were top notch in their attention to detail, authenticity, relevance, and scholastic quality. The middle and high school teachers of which I was a part were made to feel welcome and valued as members of the educational process.  Hats are off to JASP!  May you be as lucky as I!  Thank you again JASP Scholarship Committee.”

— Paulette McMahan-Lara, Mitchell High School, Bakersville, NC

“I really enjoyed being a scholarship recipient for the 2015 Jane Austen Summer Program. I learned so much about the time period of Jane Austen and her works of literature. The best parts of the program were reenacting scenes from the book (at the outside picnic), eating the foods they ate then (scones), and learning how to incorporate Jane Austen in my 8th grade classroom with my 21st century students. I encourage everyone to attend and see what it’s about because I really enjoyed myself!”

–Anita Curry, Knox Middle School, Salisbury, NC

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