Viera High graduate wins Pen Women Writing Scholarship


Taylor Martin, who graduated from Viera High School on May 19, is the recipient of the 2017 Writing Scholarship awarded by the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

At the May 13 luncheon meeting of the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, Martin, who plans to attend the University of Florida, read an excerpt from her novel in progress. Her parents, Carrie and Scott Martin, accompanied her to the award luncheon at Indian River Colony Club.

The Cape Canaveral Branch of NLAPW was founded in 1969 by author and composer Dr. Elaine Murray Stone. The branch has supported and promoted the arts on the Space Coast for 48 years, awarding a scholarship each year in one of the League's disciplines of art, letters or music.

NLAPW, founded in 1897 by 17 women, celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2017. Today, this organization of professional women in the arts, has thousands of members — journalists, painters, choreographers, sculptors, illustrators, songwriters and poets — in all areas of the United States. Its headquarters are located in the historic Pen Arts Building and Art Museum in DuPont Circle, Washington, D.C. 

Famous women who have been members of NLAPW include Grandma Moses, Georgia O’Keefe, Pearl S. Buck, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelo, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosalyn Carter and Hillary Clinton. 

The mission of the nonprofit League is to encourage, recognize and promote the production of creative work of professional standard in art, letters and music, and through outreach activities provide educational, creative and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines. The core values of the NLAPW are respect, knowledge, creation and preservation of the arts.

For information on the Cape Canaveral Pen Women, contact president Marion Coste at 321-338-7413 or by email at