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Scholarships for Undergraduate English Majors




William H. and Ruth E. Crouse Scholarship for Writing and Publishing

Deadline March 2
Amount $5,000
Criteria

The Professional Writing Program offers a $5,000 scholarship for a Professional Writing undergraduate major specializing in Writing and Publishing. This scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they complete their coursework in the Writing and Publishing track of the major. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue as well as professionals in the field. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and portfolio of work.

To Apply To apply for the award, submit one copy of the following materials:
  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your career goals
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a resume
  • a portfolio containing two samples of your work in writing and publishing

Students may apply for more than one scholarship. For each scholarship applied for, send or deliver one copy of your application materials to

Dr. Michael Salvo
Director of Professional Writing
Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Mailed copies of the application materials must arrive on or before the due date.

Materials may be delivered in person to the Secretary for Professional Writing and Introductory Composition, in Heavilon 302. Awards are made in late-March for disbursement during the following academic year. The awards are distributed through the Financial Aid Office at Purdue University and can be used for any academic expenses.

Application Deadline: March 1, 3 p.m.

William H. and Ruth E. Crouse Scholarship for Technical Writing

Deadline March 2
Amount $5,000
Criteria

The Professional Writing Program offers a $5,000 scholarship for a Professional Writing undergraduate major specializing in Technical Writing. This scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they complete their coursework in the Technical Writing track of the major. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue as well as professionals in the field. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and a writing portfolio.

To Apply To apply for the award, submit one copy of the following materials:
  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your career goals
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a resume
  • a portfolio containing two samples of your work in writing and publishing
  • applicants who have not completed the concentration in technical writing need to add a short description of how their work and preparation fits a broad definition of technical writing and communication

Students may apply for more than one scholarship. For each scholarship applied for, send or deliver one copy of your application materials to

Dr. Michael Salvo
Director of Professional Writing
Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Mailed copies of the application materials must arrive on or before the due date.

Materials may be delivered in person to the Secretary for Professional Writing and Introductory Composition, in Heavilon 302. Awards are made in late-March for disbursement during the following academic year. The awards are distributed through the Financial Aid Office at Purdue University and can be used for any academic expenses.

Application Deadline: March 1, 3 p.m.

William H. and Ruth E. Crouse Scholarship in Professional Writing/Writing Lab Collaboration

Deadline March 2
Amount $5,000
Criteria

The Professional Writing Program offers a $5,000 scholarship for an exceptional Professional Writing undergraduate major or Masters student. This liaison scholarship is designed to recognize work that students have already completed and work that students intend to complete. Successful applicants are invited to continue their work supporting communication between the writing lab and professional writing programs, particularly those applicants who demonstrate success in complex, user-centered writing situations. Students from both tracks of the Professional Writing major—Writing & Publishing and Technical Writing—are eligible for the award. This scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they gain experience in the activities of collaboration and support in writing and publishing contexts. Students may also be awarded course credit (e.g., ENGL 490, 589, or equivalent) depending on the number of hours dedicated. Applications are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing and Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue. Applicants for the award are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and potential, an application letter, a resume, and a portfolio of work.

To Apply To apply for the award, submit one copy of the following materials:
  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your career goals
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a resume
  • a portfolio containing two samples of your work in writing and publishing

Students may apply for more than one scholarship. For each scholarship applied for, send or deliver one copy of your application materials to

Dr. Michael Salvo
Director of Professional Writing
Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Mailed copies of the application materials must arrive on or before the due date.

Materials may be delivered in person to the Secretary for Professional Writing and Introductory Composition, in Heavilon 302. Awards are made in late-March for disbursement during the following academic year. The awards are distributed through the Financial Aid Office at Purdue University and can be used for any academic expenses.

Application Deadline: March 1, 3 p.m.

William H. and Ruth E. Crouse Scholarship in Community Engagement

Deadline March 2
Amount $5,000
Criteria

This Scholarship provides a Professional Writing undergraduate major the opportunity to work with a local not-for-profit community organization or agency. This scholarship is intended for a student pursuing a career in the not-for-profit realm or who has a particular project that would benefit a local community partner. Students from both tracks of the Professional Writing major—Writing & Publishing and Technical Writing—are eligible for the award. This scholarship is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they gain experience in Professional Writing in community-based settings. Students will be awarded course credit (e.g., ENGL 589, 590, or equivalent) depending on the number of hours worked. Applications are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue and representatives of non-profit organizations as appropriate. Applicants for the award are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and potential, an application letter, a resume, and a portfolio of work.

To Apply

To apply for the award, submit one copy of the following materials:

  1. an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your career goals
  2. in that application letter, discuss the role of community engagement and not-for-profit work in your future plans
  3. an unofficial transcript
  4. a resume
  5. a portfolio containing two samples of writing, editorial work, or other work indicating achievement as a professional writer

Students may apply for more than one scholarship. For each scholarship applied for, send or deliver one copy of your application materials to

Dr. Michael Salvo
Director of Professional Writing
Department of English
Purdue University
500 Oval Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Mailed copies of the application materials must arrive on or before the due date.

Materials may be delivered in person to the Secretary for Professional Writing and Introductory Composition, in Heavilon 302. Awards are made in late-March for disbursement during the following academic year. The awards are distributed through the Financial Aid Office at Purdue University and can be used for any academic expenses.

Application Deadline: March 1, 3 p.m.

Eleanor C. and Edward L. Hart Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established with a gift from Barbara Hart Dixon and Paul B. Dixon in memory of Barbara’s parents, Eleanor and Edward Hart. Edward L. and Eleanor C. Hart
Deadline March 2
Amount $1,000
Criteria

The Eleanor C. and Edward L. Hart Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a junior or senior in English.  The applicant should have high academic merit, as well as financial need, as defined by Purdue's Division of Financial Aid.  This scholarship is renewable.

To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, submit one copy of the following materials, via email to englishscholarships@purdue.edu:  

             a cover sheet that lists your name, local address, phone and email; and that identifies the specific scholarship you are applying for.

             an application essay that explains why you are majoring in English, which experiences and classes have been most influential on your intellectual development, and any challenges you have had to overcome to pursue your education at Purdue.

             an unofficial transcript.

 Please note that you need to have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

 All materials must be received via email by March 1.

Hegman Scholars Award

The Hegman Scholars Fund was established in December 2006 by Mark and Jacqueline (BA 1964, English) Hegman.  The Hegman Scholars Fund is available to juniors majoring in English at Purdue and is based on academic merit. Mark and Jacqueline Hegman
Deadline March 2
Amount $1,000-$2,000
Criteria

The Hegman Scholars Award is available to undergraduates majoring in English. Students should apply the year they are sophomores, and the award will be made the following academic year, when they are juniors.  Selection is based on academic merit.  Recipients of this scholarship are asked to write a report at the end of their junior year describing their accomplishments as an English major over the course of the year.  

To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, submit one copy of the following materials, via email to englishscholarships@purdue.edu:

             a cover sheet that lists your name, local address, phone and email; and that identifies the specific scholarship you are applying for.

             an application essay that explains why you are majoring in English, which experiences and classes have been most influential on your intellectual development so far, and identifies any extracurricular activities, work experiences, or internships that have contributed to your overall education at Purdue.

             an unofficial transcript.

 All materials must be received via email by March 2.

The Sidwell Memorial Scholarship

Deadline November 1 for spring programs, March 2 for summer and fall programs
Amount $500
Criteria

Awarded to undergraduate English majors who have been accepted for a Study Abroad program sponsored by Purdue; semester-long, summer, and spring break study-abroad programs are all eligible.  English majors should already have made a deposit on a study-abroad program before applying. 

To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, submit one copy of the following materials, via email to englishscholarships@purdue.edu:

             a cover sheet that lists your name, local address, phone and email; and that identifies the specific scholarship you are applying for.

             an application essay that explains what study-abroad program you have chosen and how this study-abroad experience will enhance your English major and your future career plans. 

             an unofficial transcript.

             documentation that shows you have been accepted for a study-abroad program.

The William J. Stuckey Scholarship in Creative Writing

This scholarship was established to honor a former professor in the Department of English, Bill Stuckey, who was devoted to creative writing and the study of literature during his long career at Purdue. 

Deadline March 2
Amount $1,000
Criteria

This scholarship is designated for a Creative Writing major who demonstrates high academic merit and promise as a creative writer.  It is awarded to a junior or senior who has declared Creative Writing as a major. 

To Apply

To apply for this scholarship, submit one copy of the following materials, via email to englishscholarships@purdue.edu:  

             a cover sheet that lists your name, local address, phone and email; and that identifies the specific scholarship you are applying for.

             an application essay that explains why you have chosen Creative Writing as a major, what your long-term professional goals are; and lists any   recognitions you have received for creative writing (being published in The Bell Tower, for instance, or receiving recognition at Literary Awards).

             an unofficial transcript.

 All materials must be received via email by March 1.

The Carol and Joe Trimmer Scholarship for Study Abroad

This scholarship was established by Carol and Joe Trimmer for a  student majoring in English and participating in a Purdue-sponsored study abroad program.

Deadline variable
Amount $1,000
Criteria

This scholarship is designated for an English major who is participating in a study abroad program.  Preference will be given to students who are working on the Honors Thesis option.

To Apply

Please send an e-mail of inquiry to  englishscholarships@purdue.edu.



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