As many folks know, I recommend Chris Roerden's book, Don't Murder Your Mystery, as a resource. Chris is the current chair of the McCloy-MWA Scholarship Program, which is administered by Mystery Writers of America. The following is an email I received today from Chris:
"Unpublished mystery writers: Don't wait until the postmark deadline of Feb. 29, 2012, to decide to apply for a scholarship to take courses, classes, workshops, or other live (not online) educational programs to improve your writing skills. It will take you more time than you think to pull together the specific info on courses and have in hand the two letters of reference required. If you have not been previously published for money in the mystery field, you are eligible to apply. ("For money" means a publisher paid you; if you paid, you may be considered unpublished).
"Every year, two scholarships of up to $500 each are awarded in the McCloy-MWA Scholarship Program. The samples of mystery writing to submit can be 3 chapters of a novel or nonfiction, or 3 short stories or essays, or a full-length script. There's no entry fee or membership requirement. Applicants even get feedback from one or more of the 5 judges, who are commercially published in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and scriptwriting. Download details and the 2012 application form from http://mysterywriters.org/ (click McCloy
Scholarship in the sidebar)."