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Indigo: Editing, Design, and More is offering a scholarship to an incoming Ooligan student to increase the representation of marginalized and underrepresented students in the program. Indigo believes it is crucial to support BIPOC, disabled, and people from other marginalized populations in pursuing careers in publishing so the industry can better represent those voices among editors, designers, publicists, authors, illustrators, audiobook narrators and producers, and readers. The award recipient will receive $1,000 toward tuition and fees to attend Ooligan Press/PSU’s Master in Publishing program for the 2021–2022 academic year as well as a mentorship opportunity with Indigo’s founder, Ali Shaw.

Indigo: Editing, Design, and More’s mission is to improve the book world. To do this, they not only provide expert services to authors, small presses, and large publishers, but they also advocate for thriving independent bookstore commerce and greater inclusion and diversity in the publishing industry.

Indigo was founded in 2006 by Ali Shaw, an Ooligan alumna, freelance editor, bookseller, and daughter of printers. Since then, the company has grown to a team of eleven publishing professionals who provide services to authors and publishers around the world on more than 110 books per year.

To apply: Write an essay of up to 1,000 words about how your demographic is underrepresented in the publishing industry. What effect has that underrepresentation had on you personally and on others in your community? How do you hope to contribute to publishing diverse voices to improve the book world?

Applications are due by April 23, 2021. Submit your essay to The award recipient will be notified in early May.