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Department of English Awards and Scholarships


 2017 Scholarship Application


List of Scholarships

This list is not comprehensive. Applications will be considered for all scholarships, listed and not listed.

 

FRANK L. ATKINSON SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

First Year Creative Writing/Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is administered by Potter College and has separate deadlines and instructions.

  • English major who is active in the department
  • Senior standing
  • Resident of the state of Kentucky
  • Overall GPA of 3.0+
  • English GPA of 3.0+
  • Students who pay dues to social societies are ineligible.

 

MARY LUCILLE SCOTT SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • English major
  • Resident of Kentucky
  • Top 25% of high school graduating class
  • Overall GPA of 3.0+
  • English GPA of 3.0+

  *Can be renewed for up to four (4) years

 

THOMAS G. JONES SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • English major or minor (preferably in creative or professional writing)
  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Overall GPA of 3.0+
  • English GPA of 3.0+

*Can be renewed for up to four (4) years

 

NOMA DUNN SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • English major or minor (specifically grammar, semantics, usage)
  • Aspiring to teach (not specific to high school)
  • Good character
  • Willing to work
  • Overall GPA of 3.0+
  • English GPA of 3.0+

 

PAT AND WALLACE NAVE SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • English major
  • Junior, senior standing, or graduate student
  • Overall GPA of 3.0+
  • English GPA of 3.0+
  • Students who pay dues to social societies are ineligible.

 

EARL A. MOORE SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • English major
  • Resident of Kentucky
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 +
  • English GPA of 3.0+

 

DR. KAREN PELZ SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • Creative or Professional Writing major or minor
  • Senior standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.3+
  • English GPA of 3.3+

 

JIM WAYNE MILLER SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • Creative Writing major or minor
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.2+

 

ADDIE HOCHSTRASSER ESTATE FUND FOR THE JIM WAYNE MILLER SCHOLARSHIP IN CREATIVE WRITING

Criteria:

  • Creative Writing major or minor
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.2+
  • Full-time student
  • Must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness, and human compassion, which produce leaders

 

DR. NANCY HIGHTOWER DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • English major
  • Sophomore standing or above
  • Overall GPA of 3.2+
  • Full-time student
  • Must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness, and human compassion, which produce leaders

*Financial need is an important consideration

 

BETTY JEAN AND DOUG MOSLEY SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • Full-time student at WKU
  • In pursuit of a degree in the English department
  • Overall GPA of 2.5+
  • Must possess the personal qualities of character, integrity, dependability, industriousness, and human compassion, which produce leaders and merit the honor of the award

*Financial need is an important consideration

 

PATRICIA MINTON TAYLOR SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria:

  • Full-time junior or senior at WKU majoring in English with a literature concentration
  • Overall GPA of 3.0+
  • English GPA of 3.5+

 

COLONEL EDGAR BRYANT AND EDITH R. STANSBURY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time student majoring in English, within the WKU Department of English, within PCAL

 

LEE LITTLE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time junior or senior from the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Overall GPA of 3.5+
  • Must be majoring in English with an interest in teaching at the secondary or collegiate level

 

JIM & LANA FLYNN STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in English literature or English for Secondary Teachers or a graduate student specializing in literature within the department of English in PCAL
  • Overall English GPA of 3.3+
  • Preference will be given to students applying to programs led by WKU English faculty members and to students without access to other study abroad scholarships
  • Must submit an essay and most recent unofficial transcript

 

 EVA RUSH LEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

  • Full-time junior or senior
  • Resident of Kentucky
  • Must complete requirement for certification to teach English in public education systems in Kentucky following graduation

 

EARL A. AND CLEO B. MOORE—TERRENCE E. AND SARAH D. KELSAY STUDENT AID FUND

  • Full-time student majoring in English within PCAL
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GORDON WILSON SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP FUND

  • Full-time student majoring in English within PCAL

 


Awards

The English department honors students with a variety of awards throughout the academic year.

These awards include:

  • Departmental Scholarship Award Winners
  • Fall Literature Conference Winners
  • Sigma Tau Delta Conference Winners
  • Alan Miller Award Winners
  • Goldenrod Poetry Contest Winners
  • PCAL Award Winners
  • Outstanding Student in Creative Writing
  • Outstanding Student in English for Secondary Teachers
  • Outstanding Student in Linguistics
  • Outstanding Student in Literature
  • Outstanding Student in Professional Writing
  • Outstanding Graduate Student(s)
  • Zephyrus Winners

Prize-Winning Work

2016 English Rocks! Essay Winner: Leaps of Faith by Abby Ponder


 

 

For more information about scholarships, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Winkler. 

To view 2017 scholarship and awards winners, see the 2017 Awards Ceremony Program.

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 Last Modified 10/4/17