Since 2001, the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration has awarded to selected outstanding teachers the William and Harriet Vance Memorial Fellowships.
These fellowships are given by family and friends in memory of William Jackson Vance, 1914-2001, and Harriet Mitchell Vance, 1917-1996, of Natchez, Miss. They were longtime supporters of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.
Criteria for fellowship winners is as follows:
1. They must be certified teachers in grades 1-12 in an accredited school in Mississippi or Louisiana, chosen by a top school administrator.
2. They must attend all or most of the Celebration the year the fellowship is awarded, including all free events and all ticketed events except the benefit event.
3. They must return to the classroom and share with students what was learned at the Celebration.
4. They must complete and return a conference evaluation form or write and return a one-page letter of evaluation of the conference.