2019 Christa Powell Walley Scholarship


An important part of the annual Amelia Island Book Festival is awarding the Amelia Island Book Festival Scholarship dedicated to the late Christa Powell Walley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell of Fernandina Beach. The Powells support the Festival by sponsoring the scholarship which is dedicated to encouraging writers in their pursuit of a literary career.

Eligibility Requirements:

College-bound Nassau County resident

  • High school senior in good academic standing 
  • Planning to attend a college or university
  • Seeking a degree in English, journalism, creative writing, communications, literature, or related fields
  • A citizen of the United States

Applications are due January 15, 2019.

The presenting sponsor for 2019 is the AEL Family Foundation

Meet Catherine Doss

Fernandina Beach High School senior, Catherine Doss, was presented the 2018 Amelia Island Book Festival $2,000 scholarship at the annual book festival luncheon last February.  She ranked # 1 in her graduating class of 230. Lauded by her teachers as possessing “impressive intellectual capacity and outstanding academic prowess," she was a National Honor Society member, outstanding scholar, and passionate author of short stories and poetry. “It was such an honor to win the book festival scholarship, especially after hearing about the inspiration behind it from Mrs. Powell," said Doss. "When something you’ve worked hard on receives recognition, it means so much."  Doss is enrolled at Stetson University this fall where she is studying science and English and will pursue a degree in Biology with a minor in English.    


Step One:  Send a recommendation letter from your counselor or teacher 

and two writing samples to

Include your name, address, phone number and email address on all correspondence.

Step Two: Complete the online application below. 

apply now

2019 Christa Powell Walley Scholarship Application