Awards and Scholarships

Scholarships Fall 2014

Deadline for submissions:  Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by NOON

Ceremony:  Spring 2015


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 of your submission.

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.  All hard copies will be scanned to a PDF version; originals will be destroyed.

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


The Josephine Chandler Scholarship: Awarded by the College of Humanities and the Arts to a student who demonstrates clear academic excellence and a commitment to the study of the Humanities. Submit a one-page statement discussing the importance of the humanities to contemporary culture. All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be majoring in one of the following: English, Foreign languages, Humanities, Philosophy, Linguistics and Language Development. (approx award value $1000)


The Lois King Thore Short Story Scholarship: Scholarship to an English Major who shows promise in short story writing.  Submit a representative short story. (approx award value $500-$1000)


The James O. Wood Shakespeare Award: Scholarship to the best essay, reading, scene representation, musical presentation, costume, painting, sculpture, or other appropriate project related to any of Shakespeare’s dramatic works. Submissions must include a one-page statement about the project. (approx award value $750-$1500)





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

Notes: Prior graduates or graduating seniors (F14) are not eligible.

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






The W.O. Crockett Scholarship: to full time graduate or undergraduate student(s) with a minimum of 12 completed units, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and financial need.  Candidate should have demonstrated commitment to African-American culture and Literature ($750-1500) 


The Jack and Maxine Fink  Scholarship: to a graduate or undergraduate English major with financial need ($500)


The Roberta Holloway Award: to English major with Junior, Senior or Graduate student status, demonstrating outstanding scholastic achievement ($1000) 


The Ruth MacLean McGee to a graduate (minimum 12 completed units) or undergraduate student (minimum 24 completed units) with a minimum 3.0 GPA for outstanding achievement in non-fiction ($2000)


Dorrit Sibley Award to a graduate or undergraduate student for excellence in poetry and demonstrated financial need ($2000)


The Catherine Urban Scholarships: to junior and senior English majors displaying academic promise in writing.  Applicants must be at least half-time students with a GPA of 3.0 or above and demonstrated financial need. (total of $3000 split between 4 or 5 recipients)


The Dorothy Wright Children’s Literature Award: Outstanding work in children’s literature by an undergraduate English major ($300)





Harvey Birenbaum Prize:  for excellence in the graduate study of Literature ($500) 

Owen Broyles  Scholarship: for outstanding achievement by a graduate student ($500)

Ida Fay Sachs Ludwig Memorial Scholarship:  to an MFA student for excellence in poetry or prose with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need ($2000)