Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Rollover
Department of English
Scholarships
Home > Undergraduate > Scholarships


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND PRIZES

2016 Scholarship Guide PDF

The Department of English Awards and Scholarships for 2016

Amounts awarded will likely range from $200 to $3000, to be disbursed in Fall 2016. 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 1 March 2016, except for the Doyle Scholarship, which is due May 10.

GENERAL UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ENGLISH MAJORS

Lois L. Hudson Scholarship: For majors who have taken English 210 or 211H in spring 2013 or later, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5, and no more than 60 credit hours overall.  Submit a writing sample: a 5-10 page critical essay from any English course (not necessarily 210 or 211H).  Award amount minimum $750.

Dr. Ellen Brown Scholarship I: For English majors who have completed 60-90 credit hours but graduating after Aug 2016; 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.

James D. Rust Scholarship: For English majors who have completed 60-90 credit hours graduating after Aug 2016; 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 2016; 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.

Ambrose D. Patullo Scholarship: For English majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 who will be graduating after August 2016 and show 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 $1000.

Tom Samet Award: For English majors in General Literary Studies who intend to pursue graduate study in English. Submit a writing sample (at least 5 pages), a statement of purpose (approx. 2-3 double-spaced pages) outlining intended course of research and study in graduate school, and a letter of recommendation from ENG faculty able to speak to your capability for graduate school study. Award amount $2500.

 

FOR ENGLISH MAJORS ACCEPTED INTO THE ENGLISH EDUCATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Dr. Ellen Brown Scholarship II: For English Ed students with more than 80 credits overall, graduating after August 2016; minimum overall GPA of 3.5.  Submit as writing sample a critical essay of no more than 15 pages from any English course and a letter of recommendation from English Dept. faculty member.  Award amount minimum $1000.

Marion Kurtz Croak: For English Ed students with more than 80 credits overall, graduating after August 2016; 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 after August 2016. Submit a portfolio with at least two writing samples totaling between 10 – 30 pages of work.  Award amount minimum $1000.

Marcia E. Platt and Douglas L. Ruble Scholarship: For students in the Creative Writing Concentration who will be graduating after August 2016. Submit a portfolio with at least two writing samples totaling between 10 – 30 pages of work.  Award amount minimum $1000.

Jim Cash Creative Writing Award: For students in the Creative Writing Concentration and for TISM majors who will be graduating after August 2016.  English/CW majors submit a portfolio with at least two writing samples totaling between 10 – 30 pages of work. (See TISM for that Department’s procedures.)  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.

The Nye Prize (American Literature): Prize awarded for the best essay in American Literature/American Studies. Any ENG major, including graduating seniors, are eligible to apply for this award. Please submit a substantial (>5 page) essay addressing a subject in American Literature or Studies (including hemispheric or transnational subjects) 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/