Awards and Scholarships

Spring 2018

Deadline for submissions:  Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Noon 

Ceremony:  May 2018

Awardees Notified:  April 2018

Note: Prior graduates 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.

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.

  • 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: english@sjsu.edu.  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.

 

Scholarships Available by Student Submission:

OPEN TO GRADUATE & UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:

BONITA M. COX AWARD FOR CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL LITERATURE:

Awarded for outstanding achievement in classical or medieval studies. The 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 & Graduate students taking 6 units or more. Essays must be
double‐spaced, follow the format of the MLA Style Sheet & should be 12‐25 pages. ($500)

THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS/VIRGINIA DE ARAUJO PRIZE: 

Monetary award for best submitted poem. Open to any undergraduate or graduate student (taking 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)

KICHUNG KIM SCHOLARSHIP: 

Scholarship awarded to an SJSU student majoring in English. Submit an essay based on American/Ethnic American Literature. Eligible students will be enrolled full time, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, & demonstrate financial need. ($750)

 


 

Scholarships Available by Faculty Nomination:

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

Notes: Awards may be distributed to more than one awardee.

 

OPEN TO FROSH STUDENTS: 

SHIRLEY NELSON IVERSON SCHOLARSHIP:

To a freshman English major with intentions of becoming a high school teacher ($250)

 

OPEN TO GRADUATE & UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: 

COURTNEY E. COX CHAUCER AWARD:

For outstanding student achievement in a course in which students read untranslated literature from the Middle English literary period. Recipient will have completed a course in Chaucer or Middle English literature within one year from when the award was made. All students will be eligible for this award. Graduate students must have matriculated with six or more semester hours at the university the semester during the award. Students will be nominated by the professor teaching the course. Students enrolled in Independent Student basis are not eligible. ($150)

JAMES PHELAN LITERARY AWARDS

Faculty teaching across the Creative Writing curriculum (English 71; undergraduate and graduate workshops) will nominate EXCEPTIONAL undergraduate and graduate students for verse and prose work the students have produced in the following categories:

  • metrical verse
  • free verse
  • short story
  • personal essay

All faculty can nominate for the critical essay category:

  • critical essay

All categories will have a graduate and an undergraduate competition.
The top three students in each category will be asked to submit a writing sample which will be judged by an appropriate committee.