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GREENSBURG, PA- GREENSBURG, PA- Arthur J. Rooney, Jr. has created the Rooney Scholarship Contest for students enrolled in the Writing Popular Fiction graduate program at Seton Hill College. “Thanks to the generosity of Pittsburgh writer and Steelers football magnate Art Rooney, Jr., we are able to offer two $500 scholarships this spring for students who plan to enroll in the program in Summer 2001,” said Dr. Lee Tobin McClain, Director of the Writing Popular Fiction graduate program at Seton Hill College, noting that the scholarships are intended to encourage student efforts toward professional publication. “The scholarships will be awarded to students submitting unsolicited fiction to print publishers, anthologies or magazines between December 2000 and March 2001.” To be considered for the scholarship, students must submit: a copy of the cover letter for submitting a work of fiction dated between December 2000 and March 2001; the first ten pages (maximum) of the work submitted; and a brief (no more than one page) description of your past efforts and future plans for seeking professional publication of that work. The contest is open to all students, regardless of experience or economic need. Submissions must be postmarked by March 31, 2001. Address to Dr. Lee Tobin McClain, Seton Hill College, Greensburg, PA 15601 and mark “Scholarship Contest” on the envelope. The Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill is one of the only programs in the country that teaches writers to produce the fiction that sells, that reaches a wide audience. Knowing that students who apply to graduate programs have many obligations, Seton Hill has designed a flexible, intensive-residency format that allows a student to earn a Master's Degree while working full-time or caring for a family. One-on-one mentoring by established writers enables each student to develop a writing project in an area of choice. On-line contact with other participants ensures that students become part of a writing community and that they receive varied commentary on their work-in-progress. Week-long residencies, twice each year, inform and enliven the writing experience, bringing students together on Seton Hill's campus to learn the basics and complexities of popular fiction. Guest writers of regional and national fame add extra impact to this residency experience. For more information on the Rooney Scholarship, please contact Lee Tobin McClain, Director of the Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program, at 724-830-1040 or mcclain@setonhill.edu. For more information on the writing popular fiction graduate degree program, please contact Sadie Lopez Alicea in the graduate and adult studies office at 724-838-4283 or alicea@setonhill.edu.