Our Partners

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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 upcoming work with the University this year, 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:
  • Rowan Internship Grants for Five to Seven Students. This funding will allow students to work as interns with relevant publishing, marketing, and other writing-oriented businesses during students’ summer breaks. The funds will make the internships equivalent to a typical summer job; students will therefore be able to gain valuable relevant experience while simultaneously earning money to help cover tuition and other university costs. The internships will also provide a valuable addition to their resumes that should increase job prospects post-graduation.

    In 2022, the Rowan Interns are working with various entities and businesses across the country. Not only are they gaining important work experience and sharpening their writing skills, but the interns are an indispensable asset to their organizations. To learn more about this year’s Rowan Interns and where they are working this summer, please visit the UH-Rowan Internship webpage.

  • The Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers. This week-long event will be held every year on the University of Houston campus and is hosted by students on the staff of the undergraduate literary journal, Glass Mountain. Well-known writers from all genres will spend time with students discussing their work and career, but more importantly they’ll provide advice and input to students’ work so that they can improve the quality of their writing.

  • Rowan Foundation Writing Competition. Held during the summer, this competition awards three monetary prizes in recognition of the best fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions from an undergraduate University of Houston student. Prize values are sufficient to make it a desirable award any student will welcome. Candidates are selected by faculty from the student body.

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Alex standing in front of partner University of Pittsburgh

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. One of the first partnerships forged by the Foundation following her passing was with the University of Pittsburgh English Department. Alex had 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 results stemming from our 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.