Several dozen outstanding Humanities Division students, faculty members, and professionals from Mississippi’s universities, colleges, and community colleges are honored each year by being named William Winter Scholars at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.
Each is chosen by his or her educational institution as the Humanities Division’s most outstanding student, faculty member, or professional.
This award allows winners to attend most of the NLCC free of charge. The annual award also carries with it prestige and public acknowledgment of how highly the person is regarded by his or her institution.
Winners are honored publicly at the opening and closing sessions, in the printed materials, and in publicity. The group is photographed with former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter, after whom the scholarship is named.
Winter has served as Director of Proceedings for the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration each year since the event began in 1990.