English Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available if you are majoring in any of the majors available in the Department of English.  Please note that you are also eligible for any college-wide or university-level scholarships. (Note that a few awards, such as "Outstanding Senior," may be selected by faculty nomination, invitation to apply, or another process different from scholarships.)

 

Professor Patricia Sullivan Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition

This scholarship was established by Harriet M. Crews (MA ’88, English) and Sandra K. Biggs in honor of Profressor Patricia Sullivan.

Deadline: By Invitation (Spring)
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

This scholarship recognizes an outstanding graduate student enrolled in the University’s Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Studies Program in the Department of English within the College of Liberal Arts. Preference will be given to PhD students who are serving as Teaching Assistants in Rhetoric and Composition.

To Apply:

Please contact Dr. Barbara Hart Dixon with questions.


The Carol and Joe Trimmer Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Carol and Joe Trimmer Scholarship is for students who are enrolled in the University’s Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and who are participating in a study abroad program. Preference will be given to students who are working on the Honors Thesis option.

To Apply:

Please contact Dr. Barbara Hart Dixon.


Outstanding Senior Award: English

Commemorative award bestowed to a graduating senior at the end of the student's last semester.

Deadline: Variable
Amount:
Criteria for Eligibility:
To Apply:

Please contact Dr. Barbara Hart Dixon.


Professional Writing Award

To recognize achievement by students (usually seniors) in professional writing.

Deadline: Variable
Amount: $300
Criteria for Eligibility:

Selection will be made by faculty in the Professional Writing program.

To Apply:

Please contact Dr. Barbara Hart Dixon.


William and Ruth Crouse Scholarship for Writing and Publishing

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $5,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

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:

For application details, please go here.

 


William and Ruth Crouse Scholarship for Technical Writing

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $5,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

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:

For application details, please go here.

 


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.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

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 jhenders@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 February 15.


Hegmen 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.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1000-$2000
Criteria for Eligibility:

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 jhenders@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, and an unofficial transcript.

All materials must be received via email by February15.


The Sidwell Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: November 1 for Spring programs, February 15 for Summer and Fall programs
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

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 jhenders@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, and 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: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

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 jhenders@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 February 15.


William H. and Ruth E. Crouse Internship Scholarship in Academic Publishing

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $2,000.00
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Professional Writing Program offers two scholarship awards of at least $2,000 to provide a Professional Writing undergraduate major the opportunity to help support academic publishing, either producing an academic journal, like Peitho, the journal published under the auspices of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, to develop and maintain digital content for an academic organization, and/or to provide support for digital and social media for a scholarly and/or academic organization. Specific duties will be discussed at the time of award and students should address experiences relevant to academic publishing in their letter of application. 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 current activities common in academic publishing. Students may also 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 as well as professionals in the publishing industry. 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:

For information about applying, please go here.


William H. and Ruth E Crouse Scholarship for a Promising Scholar

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $5,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Promising Scholar

Professional Writing and the Department of English offer a $5,000 scholarship for a first-year PhD-level graduate student planning on a secondary PhD area in "Rhetoric, Technology, and Digital Writing," "Technical and Professional Writing," or a closely related area. PhD-level students may apply for this scholarship during their first year in the program. 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 begin their coursework in areas related to Professional Writing, including publishing and technical writing. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and portfolio of work. Recipients of this scholarship will be encouraged to develop a project during the award period for presentation at a local or national conference or submission to a journal.

 

To Apply:

For details about application, please go here:

 

 

 


Cheryl Z. Oreovicz English Scholarship

The Cheryl Z. Oreovicz English Scholarship was established in in memory of Professor Cheryl Z. Oreovicz, who taught American Literature in the Department of English.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

For one or more annual scholarships for graduate students in the Department of English with a preference for graduate students in early American studies or early American literature.

To Apply:

Please contact Dr. Barbara Hart Dixon.


Job-Ready Internship Award

Job-Ready will bring students’ critical skills to organizations addressing important issues while providing students with hands-on work experience. Students whose internships are unpaid or low-paid may apply for financial support enabling them to cover basic costs incurred while interning. Job-Ready objectives will be: (1) To provide employers with access to CLA students’ unique skills; (2) To encourage CLA students to pursue summer internships and to make unpaid and low-paid internships a viable option for more students; and (3) To enrich CLA students’ understanding of relevant issues and opportunities to be a force for good in their lives after graduation.

CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 RECIPIENTS! Get out there and show the world how Liberal Arts works.

Click here for spotlights of past recipients.

 

Deadline: Rolling Selections up to May 1
Amount: up to $2,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

An award for undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts major at Purdue University West Lafayette who have secured a career-launching unpaid or low-paid summer or semester internship and who will return to classes after their internship experience. On-campus internships are not eligible. 

Job-Ready funds for Summer 2017 have all been awarded, and applications are now closed. Congratulations to the students selected to receive this support!

 

 

 

To Apply:

Job-Ready applications are being accepted February through May 1 for 2017. Awards will be made bi-weekly on a rolling basis. Upload your job offer letter and apply here

For more information on this award, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu 
For more information about internships, contact Jennifer Perkins, Internship Manager, Liberal Arts Career Center 1289 Beering Hall. 


Elizabeth Boyd Thompson and G. R. Thompson Scholarship in Literature

Funded and established in 2014 by Thomas H. Scholl to honor Elizabeth Boyd Thompson and G. R. Thompson.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

For an Indiana undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of English or the School of Languages and Cultures who will be a junior or senior during the 2017-18 school year, is majoring in literature, and has a GPA of at least 3.5/4.0. Preference for students who demonstrate a superior ability to write discursive prose, including a rationale for majoring in literature.

To Apply:

Please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


William H. and Ruth E Crouse Scholarship for an Emergent Scholar

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $5,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Emergent Scholar

Professional Writing and the Department of English offer a $5,000 scholarship for an advanced PhD student who has specialized with a secondary PhD area in "Rhetoric, Technology, and Digital Writing," "Technical and Professional Writing," or a closely related area. Preference will be given to students who have successfully defended their prospectus by the application submission deadline. The scholarship recognizes both promise and achievement. Funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, the scholarship is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they complete their coursework in areas related to Professional Writing, including publishing and technical writing, and begin work on their dissertation. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and portfolio of work. Recipients of this scholarship will be encouraged to develop a project during the award period for presentation at a local or national conference or submission to a journal.

To Apply:

For information about applying, please go here:

 


William H. And Ruth E. Crouse Scholarship for Graduate Internship in Academic Publishing

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $2,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Internship

The Professional Writing Program offers two scholarship awards of at least $2,000 to provide a Professional Writing undergraduate major the opportunity to help support academic publishing, either producing an academic journal, like Peitho, the journal published under the auspices of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition, to develop and maintain digital content for an academic organization, and/or to provide support for digital and social media for a scholarly and/or academic organization. Specific duties will be discussed at the time of award and students should address experiences relevant to academic publishing in their letter of application. 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 current activities common in academic publishing. Students may also 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 as well as professionals in the publishing industry. 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, please go here.


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