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The Department of English Awards and Scholarships for 2017

Scholarship Guide 2017

Amounts awarded will likely range from $200 to $3000, to be disbursed in Fall 2017. Although faculty in the Department may invite eligible students to apply for particular scholarships, any student who meets the criteria is welcome to nominate themselves. Awardees will be notified by the end of April. For each award, students should e-mail to Prof. Steve Deng (dengs@msu.edu) a writing sample in support of their application as described for the particular award, along with any additional materials indicated below. Deadline for receipt of materials is 15 March 2017, except for the Doyle Scholarship, which is due May 10.

GENERAL UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ENGLISH MAJORS

Carlisle Pickering Scholarship: A College of Arts and Letters Award selected by the English Department for the best essay submitted by English majors early in their training (210, 211H, 280, most likely). To be eligible, student must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, and have no more than 60 credit hours overall. Please submit a 3-10 page double-spaced critical essay. No letter of recommendation needed.

James D. Rust Scholarship: For English majors who have completed 60-90 credit hours graduating after Aug 2017; 3.7 GPA or higher in courses in the English Department. Submit a critical essay of no more than 15 pages from any English course and arrange for a faculty member to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Submit one application for both Brown I and Rust scholarship consideration. Award amount minimum $1000.

Estralita Johnson Ward and Lloyd D. Ward Scholarship: For English majors who will be graduating after August 2017; have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5; and demonstrate evidence of participation in cultural activities or community service.  Submit a writing sample (3-10 page critical essay from an English course); and a letter of application addressing your work in the community or on campus.  Arrange for a letter of recommendation from someone qualified to affirm your community or cultural work.  Award amount minimum $400.

FOR ENGLISH MAJORS ACCEPTED INTO THE ENGLISH EDUCATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Marion Kurtz Croak: For English Ed students with more than 80 credits overall, graduating after August 2017; minimum overall GPA of 3.5.  Submit as writing sample a critical essay of no more than 15 pages from any English course and letter of recommendation from English Dept. faculty member.  Award amount minimum $2000.

For students in the English major with a Concentration in Creative Writing

Marcia E. Platt and Douglas L. Ruble Scholarship: For students in the Creative Writing Concentration who will be graduating after August 2017. Submit a portfolio with at least two writing samples totaling between 10 – 30 pages of work.  Award amount minimum $1000.

Knight-Wilhelm Scholarship to attend the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop: For students in any major interested in participating in the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop, held annually in San Diego, California.  See http://clarion.ucsd.edu/ for more information.  Applicants must be admitted directly to the workshop, then apply to the Department of English (e-mail Prof. Steve Deng, dengs@msu.edu) for the Knight-Wilhem Scholarship, which will cover most if not all of the costs of the workshop.  Award amount varies.

PRIZE COMPETITIONS IN CREATIVE WRITING:

For creative writing competitions see this page. 

Details TBA

PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITIONS:

The Lawson Prize: Prize awarded for the best essay by an English major. Any ENG major, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply for this award. Please submit a substantial (>5 page) essay from an ENG class. Letter of recommendation is not needed.

Award amounts for both TBA

For any undergraduate students enrolled in English Department Study Abroad in Ireland Program:

Dr. Louis A. “Andy” Doyle scholarship: Email by MAY 10 Prof. William Johnsen (johnsen@msu.edu), indicating your interest. Write 500 words explaining the significance of study abroad to your program. Of equal importance will be your achievement in your academic program. You don't need to submit a transcript because we have it on file; a resume would be fine, or at least a listing of significant experiences, accomplishments, and awards.

Venture: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Database

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES

http://www.cal.msu.edu/currentstudents/awards-scholarships/