Teacher Scholarships


The Jane Austen Summer Program wants teachers!

jasp_2017_logo_color_date_3_rgb The application process for our scholarship program is now closed.


The Jane Austen Summer Program is an annual four-day symposium organized by UNC’s Department of English and Comparative Literature and is 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, “200 Years of Persuasion,” will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s final complete novel. The symposium features lectures, “context corners,” and small discussion groups focused on Persuasion, considered by many to be the most beautiful Austen novel. There will also be a special plenary session for teachers featuring interactive lesson plans and curriculum planning guides for teaching Jane Austen to middle school and high school students. Additional activities include Regency dance lessons, Regency theatricals, a Regency 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 $250 per person (regular tuition is $450 per person). The tuition covers all lectures and discussions, a tote bag, dance lessons, admission to the Regency theatricals for one person, and admission to the Regency Ball for one person, as well as a daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, and a welcome reception and dinner.

Eight scholarships covering the full tuition fee are available to certified North Carolina middle school and high school teachers. Subject to availability, free housing will also be provided for scholarship winners. In addition, each scholarship winner will receive a $100 voucher to purchase Jane Austen–related resources for his or her classroom or school library.

Our 2017 scholarship winners

For more about our 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

For the first time, we’re also welcoming two “mentor scholars,” who’ll give a presentation to teachers. Both teachers were 2016 JASP scholars and were outstanding conference participants.  We welcome them this year as the first recipients of the Jane Austen Mentor Scholars initiative.

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 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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