Collaboration Expands our Efforts.
University of Houston
An important component of the present work of the Rowan Foundation involves our partnership with the University of Houston.
As a writing and communications major, Alexandra Rowan was an avid writer and was pursuing a professional career in the field. Sadly, her life was cut short by a massive pulmonary embolism or blood clot in her lung, and her dreams of becoming a published writer were dashed.
Today, we are partnered with the English Department and Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, as we strive to nurture and support students with similar aspirations. This new partnership allows us to continue funding internships and writing contests, and it now also allows our efforts to expand and interface with the University of Houston Boldface Writers’ Conference. We’re excited about our ongoing work with the University, and we enjoy that we are able to be more involved on the ground here to support the program and also to nurture additional support and exposure in our local community of Houston.
Working closely with the English Department and Creative Writing Program of the University of Houston, we have established a three-pronged program offered exclusively to currently enrolled undergraduates there. This program includes:
In recognition of Alexandra’s passion for creative writing, the Rowan Foundation has partnered with major academic institutions to support the similar aspirations of other young students.
Presently, we are partnered with the English Department and Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston. However, one of the first partnerships forged by the Foundation following her passing was with the University of Pittsburgh English Department.
Alex graduated from the University of Pittsburg in 2013, just months prior to experiencing a deadly blood clot. The Foundation’s work with the University of Pittsburgh was a great launching pad for our efforts to support internships and the creative writing festival there. We are proud of the early results stemming from our previous six-year relationship with the University of Pittsburgh, including 62 internships, 18 creative writing prizes, and six guest authors hosted during the school’s annual writing festivals.