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The Department of English Awards and Scholarships for 2018

Most awards will range from $1000 to $3000, to be disbursed in Fall 2018. 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. To be considered, the nominee should e-mail to Prof. Ellen McCallum (emc@msu.edu) a writing sample in support of their application, as described for the particular award, and (where specified) have letters of recommendation emailed directly from the recommender; for both of these emails, please include in the subject line the name of the scholarship for which the nominee wishes to be considered (e.g., “Lee Jones for Hudson scholarship”).  

Deadline for receipt of materials is 20 March 2018.

Essay prizes:

Carlisle-Pickering Award: 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 critical essay on American Literature. Letter of recommendation is not needed. Award amount $700.

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 amount $100.

General Undergraduate Academic Scholarships for English majors:

Lois L. Hudson Scholarship: For majors who have taken English 210 or 211H in spring 2017 or later, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, and no more than 60 credit hours overall. Submit a critical essay from any English course (not necessarily 210 or 211H; max 10 pages) and arrange for two letters of recommendation from ENG instructors to be sent in support of your application. Award amount minimum $1250.

Dr. Ellen Brown Scholarship: For English majors or English Education certification majors who have completed 60-90 credit hours; 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 send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  Award amount minimum $1000.

James D. Rust Scholarship: For English majors who have completed 60-90 credit hours; 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 send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  Award amount minimum $2000.

Nicholas Brown and Bonnalyn Smith award: for a rising senior English major. Nomination by faculty; if interested, ask your professor to nominate you.

Scholarships for English majors with particular interests:

Estralita Johnson Ward and Lloyd D. Ward Scholarship: For English majors; minimum overall GPA of 3.5; and evidence of participation in cultural activities or community service.  Submit a writing sample (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 $1000.

Ambrose D. Patullo Scholarship: For English majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and a committed interest in poetry as a field of study. Submit as a writing sample a critical essay on a poem or poetry or poetics. Students with an interest in the teaching of poetry, at any level, are especially encouraged to apply. Award amount minimum $1250.

Smith-Marshall Scholarship For English majors with demonstrated interests in English language study and practice, where coursework has focused on history of the English language, language use, grammar, or editing. Coursework in ENG302, and editing-focused internship in 493, or co-curricular editing experience in campus journals like Red Cedar Review would be examples of demonstrated interest. Submit 1-2 page letter detailing your experience in language study, a letter of recommendation from faculty in support of your experience, and evidence of the work you have completed (project from relevant course or co-curricular experiential learning). Award amount minimum $2000.

Marion Kurtz Croak: For English Education students with more than 80 credits overall, 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:

Arthur N. Athanason Scholarship: For students in the Creative Writing Concentration who will be graduating in spring 2019 or after. Submit a portfolio with at least two writing samples totaling between 10 – 30 pages of work. Award amount minimum $1000.

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

Dr. Louis A. “Andy” Doyle scholarship: The Literature in Ireland Summer Program WILL be running in 2018.  The Doyle scholarship will be awarded as part of the selection process for the summer program in Ireland. We list it here to publicize its availability.