College of Arts and Sciences

English Department Scholarships & Awards

The Department of English offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards every year.

For questions and application procedures: contact our advising office

To apply for a scholarship fill this out: Scholarship Information & Application

Scholarships

English Undergraduate Scholarships
English Graduate or Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Alfred J. Lindsey Memorial ScholarshipGraduate or undergraduate English major; at least junior standing; requires 3.0 GPA (cumulative, major and minor) for undergraduate students/3.5 GPA for graduate students; exceptional interest & skill in writing; must submit writing samples (10-page maximum).
  • John Merrett Scholarship in British Literature - Graduate or undergraduate English major; at least junior standing; must submit essay from WIU British Lit. course
  • Nai-Tung Ting English ScholarshipGraduate or undergraduate English major; 3.0 GPA for undergraduate students/3.5 GPA for graduate students; at least junior standing; preference given to a student from mainland China
  • The Wanninger Foundation Scholarship - Graduate or undergraduate English major whose education was interrupted by at least two years; 2.5 GPA for undergraduate students/3.0 GPA for graduate students; awarded every other year.
English Education Scholarships
  • Beth M. Stiffler Memorial ScholarshipJunior or Senior English Education major; 3.0 GPA; fully accepted into TEP; 2 recommendations (one from ENG 384 or EDUC 439 faculty); submit short (1-2 pg.) statement of purpose, strengths and preparation for teaching.
  • Robert L. Hodges English Education ScholarshipEnglish Education major with proven commitment to working towards a career in teaching English literature or language at a public school; 2.5-3.2 GPA.

 

Awards

The Department of English administers the following awards:
  • The Leland Essay Contest for students in ENG 100, ENG 180, and ENG 280. Essays must be submitted to the WIU Writing Program office located in 129 Simpkins Hall.
  • Three creative writing awards: The Lois C. Bruner Literary Nonfiction Award, and the Cordell Larner Awards in Fiction and Poetry.
  • The English Graduate Program administers several awards and fellowships, including the Conger Essay Award, Mahoney Fellowship, Walker Fellowship, and Outstanding TA Award.

 

Congratulations to our winners!