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After The Sirens Essay Scholarships

Sirens has a mission: to provide a welcoming space for our attendees to discuss the remarkable women of fantasy literature. As part of that mission, we specifically craft Sirens to include and amplify the many brilliant voices of our attendees. Our greatest hope is that these voices will represent both different perspectives—reader, scholar, educator, librarian, author—and individuals of different genders, sexualities, races, religions, and abilities.

Each year, we invite the Sirens community to help make attendance possible for a number of individuals. As in past years, these scholarships will support people of color, those submitting exemplary programming proposals, and those with financial hardships. This year, we are also offering scholarships to librarians, educators, and publishing professionals. These perspectives are critical to our conversations, and these individuals sometimes find it difficult to attend without additional support.

We are asking for your help! We want to provide twelve Sirens scholarships this year. To do so, we need to raise almost $4,400. That amount will provide a Sirens registration and a round-trip Sirens Shuttle ticket to each recipient.

We know that, just like in previous years, our community can make Sirens possible for others.

Can you help us reach our goal of including more voices in Sirens?

You can donate any amount to these scholarships, and if you choose to donate—no matter the amount—we will feature you, under your chosen name (or anonymously), on our website and in our program book. More importantly, both our Sirens team and our community will be grateful for your commitment both to those who might not otherwise be able to attend Sirens and to the inclusiveness of our community.

Thank you to every donor who makes these scholarships possible!

Types of Scholarships

We’re hoping to receive enough funds to cover the following proposed scholarships, designed to serve a number of potential attendees. But in the event that we don’t, we will fund scholarships in the following order:

  • Con or Bust
    Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend science fiction and fantasy conventions. Sirens hopes to provide Con or Bust with at least three Sirens registrations and Sirens Shuttle tickets in order to help people of color/non-white people attend Sirens. Con or Bust will allocate these scholarships according to its rules.

  • Programming Presenters
    Every voice at Sirens is vital to the vibrancy and diversity of our conversations, but we always appreciate the skill, talent, and expertise that our accepted programming presenters have volunteered to share with our community. We’d like to again recognize exemplary programming proposals with financial support. This year, Sirens hopes to award three accepted presentations with a Sirens registration and Shuttle ticket. (Selected presentations with co-presenters who have opted in for scholarship eligibility will share the funds across selected presenters.) These are merit-based scholarships, and will be selected by a committee. Please note that, if you’ve received a programming scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year (though your co-presenters may be).

  • Financial Hardship
    People sometimes say that money makes the world go ’round; we’d like to counter with the idea that generosity makes the world go ’round. Not all individuals who wish to attend Sirens can afford to do so, and you can help make Sirens a possibility for those who can’t. Sirens would like to award as many selected recipients as possible with a Sirens registration and Sirens Shuttle ticket, in the hopes that this will enable them to attend Sirens in the fall. Please note that, if you’ve received a financial hardship scholarship in the last two years, you are not eligible this year.

  • Professionals
    Librarians, educators, and publishing professionals so often provide exceptional services to book-loving communities—and are, especially at the beginning of their careers or when working for underserved populations, so often paid poorly for their efforts. Therefore, this year, we would like to raise funds to allow one librarian, one educator, and one publishing professional to attend Sirens. Their work—and their voices—are critically important to our conversations. Sirens would like to award three selected recipients—one librarian, one educator, and one publishing professional—with a Sirens registration and Sirens Shuttle ticket.

Scholarship Policies

As Sirens operates under the auspices of Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, all donations are eligible for tax deduction within the United States. Sirens staff are, of course, not eligible for scholarships (and, in fact, purchase their Sirens registrations and tickets like any other attendee). Any leftover or unclaimed funds will be considered donations to Sirens. If you have any questions or concerns, please write Amy at (amy.tenbrink at

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About the Scholarship

Every year, the scholarship program awards $2,500 each to two high school-level and two college-level students.

The purpose of this scholarship is to educate our members about credit unions. The essay topic explains the credit union philosophy and relating it to the individual, the community, and the country as a whole — now, and in the future.


  1. Student must be a member of SF Fire Credit Union in good standing.
  2. Enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited university, college, community college,
    or high school.
  3. Current grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  4. Previous scholarship recipients must wait one year after awarding of a scholarship to apply again.

To Apply

Please complete the application packet and prompt found here.
The deadline for the 2018 Arthur F. McIntyre Scholarship submissions was February 2nd, 2018.

Update: February 14th, 2018 – we’ll be notifying the winners by the end of the week via phone, and inviting them to attend the Annual Meeting (February 19th) to receive their scholarship (check) in person – which is not required. On Monday afternoon/Tuesday morning, we’ll update our website with the results.

About Arthur F. McIntyre

Arthur retired from the San Francisco Fire Department in 1976, after 30 years of service – the majority of which were spent at Engine 17, located behind the Mint at 5th and Jessie.

In addition to his career as a Firefighter, Arthur was also a veteran of WWII, a referee for both High School and College level basketball, a supervisor of the officials for the Pac Ten Conference, and was a key advocate for the improvement of working conditions for Firefighters in San Francisco.

In 1951, at the request of then Fire Chief Edward Walsh, Arthur became the first manager of SF Fire Credit Union. Through his vision and tireless efforts, Arthur served as the spark that made the Credit Union what it is today.