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Scholarships for Creative Writing

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The English Department has a number of scholarships that support and recognize the academic achievement of English majors. The recipients of the academic scholarships and awards are determined by the department's Honors Committee.

Finalists for the creative writing scholarships are selected by a faculty committee, and the winners are chosen by a prominent creative writer outside of the department. The amount of each scholarship depends on investment performance and other conditions. In recent years each scholarship has been at least $500. In most cases, students need to be registered full-time during the period of the award.

Rogers and Janice Whitener Creative Writing Scholarship

The Whitener Scholarship will be awarded in the Fall semester for the Spring semester to students enrolled in the English/Creative Writing concentration. Applications and creative writing faculty nominations will be accepted through November 15 each year.

Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing

This scholarship is supported by the Truman Capote Literary Trust Fund. The scholarship is awarded to the rising junior or senior Appalachian State University English major whose submissions of prose (fiction, creative non-fiction or play) or poetry are judged to be the most outstanding works submitted to the creative writing competition named after Truman Capote and endowed by the late author's estate. The winning student must complete a sequence of creative writing courses leading to a concentration in Creative Writing as part of a B.A. degree in English. Details of this yearly contest are posted in early February, while submission deadlines fall in mid-March. Final judging is done by a prominent writer from outside the university.

John Foster West Endowed Creative Writing Prize

The competition is run in conjunction with the competition for the Marian Coe and Marjorie South Idol scholarships. Details of this contest are posted each fall, along with the deadline for submissions. Final judging is done by a prominent writer from outside the university. This competition is open to currently enrolled students of all majors and years.

Marian Coe Scholarship in Creative Writing

This scholarship is given to the winner of a creative writing contest held each year in the fall term in conjunction with the competition for the John Foster West and Marjorie South Idol scholarships. Details of the contest are posted each fall, along with the deadline for submissions. Final judging is done by a prominent writer from outside the university. This competition is open to currently enrolled students of all majors and years.

Marjorie South Idol Prize for Fiction and Creative Prose

To recognize achievement in fiction and creative prose genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, playwriting, screenplay) written by students majoring in English in any concentration. The competition is held each year in the fall term in conjunction with the competition for the John Foster West and Marian Coe scholarships. Details of the contest are posted each fall, along with the deadline for submissions. Final judging is done by a prominent writer from outside the university.

Marjorie South Idol Prize for Poetry

To recognize achievement in poetry written by students majoring in English in any concentration. The competition is held each year in the fall term in conjunction with the competition for the John Foster West and Marian Coe scholarships. Details of the contest are posted each fall, along with the deadline for submissions. Final judging is done by a prominent writer from outside the university.

College of Humanities English Department Awards

Categories are  Scholarship  tagged  Graduate Students /  Literature /  Need Based /  Merit Based /  Masters Degree

The department offers a number of prizes for students who excel in their academic work. The following are the Scholarships offered by the Department for English for Graduate students.

The Peterson Morley Award: An award of $1,000 will be bestowed annually upon a student currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN in either the undergraduate or graduate program, who plans to enter the teaching profession at any level. Applications from students who demonstrate financial need to complete their studies will be given particular attention.

The Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education, to help pay fees for graduate work. The applicant must concurrently be teaching in middle school or secondary school or be on sabbatical.

The Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund: In memory of Thomas Matthew Magness, a former English graduate student, this award will provide $1,000 tuition remission for a first-semester graduate student in the English MA program. Selection will be based on academic merit.

The Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English: A prize of $4,000 will be awarded each spring semester to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

The Mahlon Gaumer Award: An award of $500 will be given to a graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English literature—with emphasis on the use of language.

The Harry Finestone Award in English: An award of $750 will be presented each year to the graduate student with the most distinguished essay in the study of literature completed in the department’s capstone graduate seminar, ENGL 698D. The essay must be nominated by the instructor of the course in which the student was enrolled. The Awards Committee will evaluate the nominated essays on the following criteria: originality of concept; potential scholarly impact; logical, effective organization; and clarity, coherence, and elegance of prose style.

The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition: The Irene Clark Scholarship for Rhetoric and Composition awards $500 for a paper written by a Department of English graduate student on a topic in rhetoric and composition.

The Angeline Olliff Memorial Scholarship: A $250 scholarship will be awarded in spring to a Rhetoric and Composition graduate student or a Teaching Associate in any specialization (creative writing, literature, rhetoric, and composition).

The Deborah Averill Award in Creative Writing: An award of $250 will be awarded to a female student who has had more than a one-year absence from school and returned after overcoming obstacles. The applicant, in either the undergraduate or graduate creative writing program, will submit a creative writing sample not to exceed ten pages (in any genre), as well as a 1-2 page personal statement.

Donaghey Scholars Honors Program

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The department of English various scholarships and awards for the students, in which the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program is one among them.

The Donaghey Scholars Honors Program is open to all majors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With a generous financial package, interdisciplinary core curriculum, study abroad, and supportive community, the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program offers a distinctive learning environment.

The program virtually replaces the University’s core courses with an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking through the reading of primary texts, writing, and discussion. As the campus-wide honors program, the Donaghey Scholars Honors Program builds a strong foundation for students to pursue their major areas of study at UA Little Rock.

Donaghey Scholars receive a substantial financial package totaling between $75,000-$95,000 that includes full tuition, fees, and a generous stipend.

All students accepted into the Program receive:

  • Full tuition and fees for up to 18 hours per semester for up to eight semesters
  • Stipend ($6,000, $8,000, or $10,000 per year dependent upon qualifications)
  • Financial assistance towards Study Abroad
  • On-campus housing subsidy
  • New laptop computer
  • The Donaghey Scholars Honors Program has a core curriculum that virtually replaces UA Little Rock’s general education core. Class enrollment is limited to Scholars, ensuring small class sizes and faculty engagement.

    Teaching Assistantships

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    Teaching Assistantships are available in the Department of English on a competitive basis. Admission to the program does not guarantee a TA. Priority is granted to PhD and MFA students in English. TAs teach three classes per year.

    The annual stipend of $19,172 is awarded which includes a tuition waiver and health insurance.

    Out-of-state tuition and in-state fees are waived 100 percent for graduate assistants and associates at 50 percent time (two classes per semester or 20 hours per week). Those holding 25 percent appointments (one course per semester or 10 hours per week) will receive full remission of out-of-state tuition and a 50 percent waiver of in-state fees.

    English UCLA Graduate Funding

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    All entering students are offered a six-year funding package that includes a minimum of two years of full fellowship, four years of summer stipend support, and up to four years of teaching assistantships. Tuition, fees, and health insurance are included throughout.

    Students who qualify for a Cota-Robles Fellowship are offered three years of full fellowship. Individuals from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographical, and socioeconomic backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to participate in the program. The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study.

    The department also provides additional funding support on a yearly basis, as available, for graduate student conference travel, summer institute tuition, and summer language study tuition. In addition, UCLA’s Graduate Division awards a $1,000 travel grant to all graduate students, for use at any point in their UCLA career, from years one through seven.

    Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans

    Categories are  Loans  tagged  Literature /  Unsubsidized loans

    Some M.A. students at the department of English are eligible for partial scholarships through the Graduate School.

    The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a low-interest loan available to students for post-secondary educational expenses. Most matriculated students are eligible for an Unsubsidized Loan each academic year. The loan is made to the student who is responsible for repayment. The interest rate for all Direct Unsubsidized Loans (formerly called Stafford Loans) disbursed on or after July 1, 2019, and prior to July 1, 2020, is a fixed rate of 6.08%. The interest rate for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2020, and before July 1, 2021, is 4.30%.

    Graduate and professional students are eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per year in a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The cumulative maximum for the Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan Program (formerly called the Stafford Loan Program) is $23,000 for undergraduates, and $138,500 for graduate and professional students, including any amount borrowed for undergraduate study.

    Financial Aid by Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

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    The Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences offers competitive graduate stipends in an attempt to compete for the best and brightest students, reflecting its commitment to and achievement in research and graduate education.

    English Graduate Program Financial Aid

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    The English Department has a limited number of opportunities for merit-based financial support. Because there are often more deserving students than we have money to support them, competition for these awards is keen. They offer two kinds of support for graduate students: Tuition scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

    Tuition scholarships will cover all or part of your tuition for an academic year. The Department generally has two such scholarships to distribute and most often divides them to provide partial support to a greater number of students.

    Graduate Teaching Assistantships require you to take a minimum of nine (9) hours of coursework per semester and work approximately 20 hours a week, generally including teaching one or more studio sections of EH 101S: Intensive Writing Studio each semester, and working as a consultant in the Student Success Center. Often GTAs will also conduct research or provide additional support to other faculty members if enrollments do not require their presence in the classroom; the Director of Freshman Composition and the Director of English Graduate Studies (often with a committee) will make such assignments. Assistantships typically must be held for an entire academic year, although sometimes offers are made with a spring semester starting date. They cover tuition and pay a stipend each semester. Students may not hold other paid employment during the time of the appointment. Because the Department generally supports GTAs for the duration of their program (assuming both their teaching and their degree are going well), we often have only two or three openings for new GTAs each year, with another three or four GTAs continuing into a second year.

    The Department meets each spring to make awards and reaches its decisions based on the students’ past academic performance.

    William C. Johnson Distinguished Scholarship

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    The William C. Johnson Distinguished Scholarship recognizes academic excellence and outstanding service to the Society at the local, regional, and/or national level. Applications should demonstrate both academic achievement and campus, community, and chapter service; applicants should explain the relevance of their program of study to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy. This scholarship requires applicants to submit, in addition to the application information and scholarship essay, a paper originally submitted as coursework and a declaration of authorship.

    Dr. Kenneth M. Gordon Memorial Scholarship

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    The Gordon Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by the Northern California chapters of the Society for Technical Communication. Scholarship winners receive cash awards ranging from $500-$1000 each and are eligible for complimentary student membership in the Society for Technical Communication (STC).