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The major of English is about a lot more than just reading. It requires highly developed critical thinking and writing skills. You also need to be able to think creatively, conduct research and budget your time wisely. If you think you have these skills then continue reading to learn more about the major of English as well as the world of English scholarships.

Your studies will most likely begin with a year-long survey course examining English-language literature. Subsequent courses will focus on chronological periods of literature and specific genres. Core courses will cover topics such as Shakespeare, the short story, poetry, American literature, grammar, English drama and the Romantics. 

Most programs feature a range of concentrations that will allow you to tailor your studies towards a specific educational or vocational goal. Examples of these concentrations include linguistics, drama, creative writing and ethnic literature. 

You will be doing a large amount of writing as an English major. The majority of your core courses will demand at least two lengthy term papers per course. Also, you will be assigned more reading than seems possible. Even habitual, avid readers will need to plan their schedules carefully in order to complete all the assigned material. Your core classes will most likely be small and your grade will be based partly on the level of your discourse and observations as you contribute to class discussions.

The employment picture for graduates of English programs is mixed. An undergraduate degree in English can be the educational pathway to careers in fields such as publishing, media communications, social work, technical writing and other fields. 

And while teaching positions at the university level are few and far between (as well as requiring graduate studies) competent and enthusiastic elementary, middle and high school English teachers are in demand. This demand will fluctuate by region with traditionally under-served communities offering more opportunities than larger metropolitan areas.

To explore the scope of English scholarships follow the links below.

NFB Humanities Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be studying in the traditional humanities such as art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, or religion. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

Slam Behind the Curtain Scholarship

The Slam Behind the Curtain Scholarship http://www.powerpoetry.org/poetry-slams/slam-behind-curtain-scholarship Deadline: November 30, 2014 # of Scholarships: 1 Amount: $1000 “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” This famous quote from The Wizard of Oz reminds us that people tend to hide their true selves behind some version of smoke and mirrors. In honor of the film’s 75th anniversary, we’re asking you: Do you hide behind a curtain, or a mask of sorts? Who are you internally versus the person you present to everyone else? Write a poem about the true you, and what’s preventing you from pulling back the curtain so everyone can see too, for your chance to win $1,000 for your college education. Need a boost to get started? Check out our tip and action guides for ideas. HOW TO APPLY 1. Make sure you're eligible by checking out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and the contest rules. Basic requirements? (1) 25 years of age (or younger), (2) a current or former high school student who will attend/is attending college within the U.S. or its territories, and (3) a submitted original poem with the poetry slam tag Slam Behind the Curtain. 2. Become a Power Poet by registering to be a part of our community. Look at previous winners, Action Guides, Tip Guides and other poems for inspiration. 3. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by November 30, 2014. 4. Check out our FAQ if you have any questions about the contest. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for announcements about this scholarship and be sure to include #slambehindthecurtain when you share your poems!

Alice McFarland Scholarship in English

Award for English majors who plan to teach in a secondary school.

Martin J. Svaglic Humanities Scholarship

Two $2,500 per year scholarships will be awarded to qualified new freshmen or transfer students who have been admitted into one of the following areas in the humanities: classical studies, communication, English, fine arts, history, modern languages, philosophy, theology or theatre. Prospective candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. New freshmen must: have a minimum 26 on the ACT or an 1170 on the SAT; and be admitted to Loyola prior to February 25. All qualified, admitted students should complete the application and it must be returned by March 1. The recipients will be notified by April 1.

Mara Steffey Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature Sponsor: Friends of Mara Steffey Award: Annual Criteria: Call number 408-924-4425 for more information.

Toyota/UNCF Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $7,500Classifications: Undergraduate FreshmanMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Engineering, Finance, Economics, Accounting, Information Systems, Education, Marketing, Communications, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Political Science, English, Business-Related, Architecture, History, Psychology, Supply Chain Management, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Business Sales , Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Management Information Systems, Construction EngineeringEligible Schools: Bethune-Cookman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Tuskegee University, Xavier UniversityEligible Locations: OpenScholarship Detail:Toyota is recognized as one of the worldwide leaders within the automobile industry. Toyota has partnered with UNCF to provide scholarship opportunities to students at the targeted institutions. The selected recipients will receive a scholarship in the amount of $7,500. The additional majors include Biomedical Engineering, International Business, Manufacturing Engineering and Network Administration and Public Administration.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

Doug Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Major: English GPA: 3.00 Class Level: Continuing student

Roberta Holloway Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature Junior, senior, or graduate students majoring in English.

English Department Scholarship

The Department of English offers approximately $2,000 in scholarships ranging from $100 to over $500 annually to students majoring in English.

Anne Lillis Memorial Scholarship Fund

Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature For excellence in creative writing.

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