Awards and Scholarships

Scholarships Spring 2015

Deadline for submissions:  March 16, 2015

Ceremony:  May 18, 2015

Note: Award values are estimates only and will be determined after endowment distributions are finalized; amounts may be distributed to more than one awardee.

GUIDELINES: Submissions not following these guidelines will not be considered.

Each submission must include a cover sheet with your name, student ID, your status as undergraduate or graduate student, the title of the award you are applying for, and your email address.

Submit only one entry per student per scholarship opportunity.

DO NOT put your name on ANY page of your submission except the cover sheet.

Include the last 4 digits of your student ID # in the upper right hand corner of each page.

Submit all entries by email as a word doc or pdf to:  If access to email is unavailable, hand deliver to the English Department office FOB 102.

Check the Scholarship and Awards Information Board in the English Department building (FOB) for additional information or visit


Bonita M. Cox Award for Classical and Medieval Literature: Awarded for outstanding achievement in classical or medieval studies. The student recipient will demonstrate achievement by writing the best paper addressing an arguable classical or medieval issue or theme in literature or history (e.g., the uses to which Dante puts flower metaphors as an important structural element in the divine comedy). The essays may be on any topic and from any discipline.  Preference shall be given to those essays that demonstrate a clear connection between the past (classical or medieval periods) and the present.
Eligible students: Junior, Senior, and Graduate students taking 6 units or more.  Essays must be double-space and follow the format of the MLA Style Sheet, and should be 12-25 pages in length. ($500)


The Academy of American Poets/Virginia de Araujo Prize: Monetary award for best poem submitted. Open to any undergraduate or graduate student (taking at least 6 units or more). This prize is judged by a distinguished poet not affiliated with SJSU. A maximum of three poems may be submitted; no longer than 150 lines each.  ($100)


The Marjorie McLaughlin Folendorf Award for Creative Writing: Scholarship awarded to an SJSU student for outstanding achievement in creative writing. Applicants must have completed at least 24 units at SJSU. Please submit a brief statement of eligibility and your creative work. ($500)


Kichung Kim Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to an SJSU student majoring in English and Comparative Literature.  Submit an essay based on American/Ethnic American Literature. Eligible students will be enrolled full time, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate financial need.  Include a statement of eligibility with your essay. ($1000)


James Phelan Literary Awards:  Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

a) Metrical Verse

b) Free Verse

c) Short Story

d) Familiar Essay

e) Critical Essay

f) Humor/Satire



The Following Scholarships will be awarded based only on Faculty Nominations

Faculty will consider some of their best students from this academic year for the following scholarships.

Award values are estimates only and will be determined after endowment distributions are finalized; amounts may be distributed to more than one awardee.



The Schelby A. SweeneyBeowulf Prize:  For outstanding achievement in a course in which students read untranslated literature from the Old English literary period.  The recipient must have been enrolled in a course in Beowulf or Old English/Anglo Saxon literature in which the literature is read in its original language.  The recipient will be nominated by the professor(s) teaching the courses in which the untranslated literature is read. ($250)



Shirley Nelson Iverson Scholarship: Awarded to a freshman English major with intentions of becoming a high school teacher. ($300)



The Judy and Jim Schultze Scholarship: Awarded to a junior level English major with an exceptional academic record and a commitment to teaching at any level. ($1000)



The Rico Ressman Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time MFA student. ($1000)