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Scholarships & Awards

English & Journalism offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards every year. For questions and application procedures, contact our advising office.

Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded annually to English & Journalism students. To apply for any of these scholarships, visit the Department Advising Office. 

Please note the application deadline has changed. For Spring 2014, applications are due February 14, 2014.

Scholarship Information & Application

Scholarship Name Requirements
Dameris Bagwell Memorial Scholarship in Journalism Journalism major or minor; 3.0 GPA; at least sophomore standing; active in at least one professional student organization
Barbara & John Blackburn Scholarship English major (preference for English Education); 2.75 GPA; at least junior standing; community service and/or student activities considered, as is financial need
Dr. Paul Blackford British Literature Scholarship English major; 3.0 GPA; full-time student; recommendation of British Literature faculty member
Dr. John Castle Memorial Scholarship Incoming Freshman English major; 3.0 high school GPA; ACT 26 composite/27 English
Dr. Olive Fite American Literature Scholarship English major; 3.0 GPA; full-time student; recommendation of American Literature faculty member
Dr. Irving Garwood Shakespeare Scholarship English major; 3.0 GPA; junior/senior standing; manifests an exceptional interest in Shakespeare; recommendation of Shakespeare faculty
Lila S. Linder English Scholarship English major; 3.3 GPA; at least sophomore standing; full-time student; leadership, dependability, service; two scholarships awarded to 1 male and 1 female English major
Alfred J. Lindsey Memorial Scholarship Graduate 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 Scholarship Graduate 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
Beth M. Stiffler Memorial Scholarship Junior 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
Bill Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship in Journalism Journalism major; 3.0 GPA; junior/senior standing; preference given to applicants who reside in circulation area of Quincy Herald Whig or LaHarpe Quill - if no such applicant, then any Illinois resident
Kenneth L. Dixon Memorial Scholarship in Journalism Incoming Freshman Journalism major from Illinois high school; 26 ACT; rank top 20%; preference given to Colchester, IL resident or student from McDonough County high school
Scholar of the Year English or Journalism major; outstanding GPA; at least junior standing; prefer outside activity that shows commitment to field of study

Awards

English & Journalism 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.
  • The Graduate Program administers several awards and fellowships, including the Conger Essay Award, Mahoney Fellowship, and Walker Fellowship.
  • Three creative writing awards: the Lois C. Bruner Literary Nonfiction Award, and the Cordell Larner Awards in Fiction and Poetry. 
  • Several Journalism awards, given to the best in-class work in graphics and writing

Congratulations to these past winners!