Awards and Scholarships

Fall 2017

Deadline for submissions:  Friday, October 20, 2017 by Noon 

Ceremony:  Spring 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:  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:


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. (approximate award value $1000 ‐ $2000)



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.


Catherine Urban Scholarships: to Junior and Senior English majors displaying academic promise in writing. Applicants must be at least half‐time students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need. ($2500 split among 4 to 6 recipients)

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

Dr. Josephine Chandler Scholarship: to a student who demonstrates clear academic excellence & and a commitment to the study of Humanities. Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and majoring in one of the following: English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Philosophy or LLD. ($1000 ‐ $1500)

Lois King Thore Short Story Scholarship: to an English major who indicates that they wish to pursue a degree in English and shows promise in short story writing. ($2000 ‐ $3500)


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. ($1250 ‐ $2000)

Dr. Jack E. and Maxine Hunt Fink Scholarship: to a graduate or undergraduate English major with financial need. ($500 ‐ $1000)

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

Ruth MacLean McGee Scholarship: to a graduate student with a minimum of 12 completed units or an undergraduate student with a minimum of 24 completed units. Must have with a minimum 3.0 GPA and is awarded for outstanding achievement in non‐fiction. ($1500)

Dorrit A. Sibley Award: to a graduate or undergraduate student for excellence in poetry and demonstrated financial need. ($2500 ‐ $3500)


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

Owen Milton Broyles Scholarship: for outstanding achievement by a graduate student. ($1500 ‐ $2000)

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 ‐ $2600).

Rico-Ressman Endowment for Creative Writing: to a full time MFA student. ($500 ‐$1000)