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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.

Reader's Digest Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $5,000Classifications: Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate SeniorMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Communications, Journalism, EnglishEligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and UniversitiesEligible Locations: OpenScholarship Detail:The Reader's Digest Foundation is interested in encouraging academically superior students, who write well, to enter the field of print journalism. Students attending UNCF member colleges and universities and majoring in communications, journalism or English are eligible to apply. Students must be in their junior or senior year and have a grade point average of 3.O or better. Applicants must submit a published writing sample with their application.Apply OnlineDonor/Sponsor Name: Readers Digest Foundation(Please check the website for the availability of this scholarship.)

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.

Hallmark/UNCF Scholars Program

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA 3.0 ETHNICITIES African American, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Junior, College Senior MAJORS Graphic Arts, Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Illustration, Photography/Video, Mechanical Engineering, Business, English, Marketing, Computer Engineering, Computer Science/MIS, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Interactive Design, Finance, Economics

Shirley Nelson Iverson Award

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature For outstanding and deserving freshman students with a 3.2 GPA who intend to become secondary level English teachers.

MARIANNE McDONALD GREEK COMPOSITION PRIZE

MARIANNE McDONALD GREEK COMPOSITION PRIZE Established in 1995. The Marianne McDonald Prize is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate for the best translation of classical English into an appropriate classical Greek style. Appropriate styles include those of Plato and of the classical Attic orators, but other styles appropriate to the content are not excluded, such as the style of Herodotus, or even verse composition. The selection will normally be formal English prose and will be 350 to 500 words in length. Visit McDonald Prize Passage for the selection to be translated. The passage is also available at the Classics Department from the Student Affairs Officer in 7303 Dwinelle Hall. For complete information, read the General Rules. Prize Amount. The prize is $500. Prize awards are coordinated with the winner's financial aid package for those winners receiving financial aid. Submissions must be hand-delivered by the author to the Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Honors Office, 229 Sproul Hall. The author's name must not appear on the entry. An award for the best translation of classical English into an appropriate classical Greek style.

The Stephanie G. Hoffman Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Jewish undergraduate or graduate student accepted or attending an accredited college/university program. Qualifications: Major in Library Science, English Literature, or related field, with the intention of working with underserved children to excite them through reading to pursue higher education. Residency requirements: Undergraduate: Student's parents must be permanent residents of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Graduate: Applicant must be a permanent resident of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Annual Grant: 1 scholarship of $2,000 - $5,000.

Mary Purcell Scholarship for the Study of 17th & 18th Century Literature, The

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in English. 2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. 4. Must submit a critical or scholarly essay, no less than 3,500 words in length. 5. Essay to cover English literature between 1660 and 1789. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator of the English Department ((562) 985-4224) for more information and an application form.

Jackson, Janet /Rhythm Nation Scholarship

Eligible Majors: Communications, Art, Music, English, Performing Arts Eligible Schools: Barber-Scotia College, Benedict College, Bennett College for Women, Bethune-Cookman College, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, Florida Memorial College, Huston-Tillotson University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jarvis Christian College, Johnson C. Smith University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Livingstone College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Morris College, Oakwood College, Paine College, Paul Quinn College, Philander Smith College, Rust College, Saint Augustines College, Saint Pauls College, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Wilberforce University, Wiley College, Xavier University, Texas College Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Performing artist Janet Jackson created this scholarship from the proceeds of her Rhythm Nation Tour. Awards are made annually and may be used for tuition costs, room and board, or to repay federal student loans. Donor/Sponsor Name: Janet Jackson

Roberta Stout Memorial Scholarship

Awards to English majors.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

The awards are highly competitive. Any college senior who expects a degree or any college graduate who is a citizen or permanent resident in the United States may apply, as long as he or she is not and has not been enrolled in any graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Applicants must be applying to a program leading to the Ph.D in a humanistic field. Eligible fields of study include: art history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, English literature, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, foreign language & literature, history, history & philosophy of mathematics, history & philosophy of science, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, cultural linguistics, music history & theory, philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, religion, rhetoric, women's studies. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Previously unsuccessful fellowship candidates may reapply. The prime objective of the Mellon Fellowships is to identify and encourage persons who are committed to teaching and have a broad vision of learning. High grade-point averages and high GRE scores are important but not the only measures of the excellence sought. Outstanding future promise, as attested to by faculty members, will be considered critical. The statement of interest in the field will also be read with great care, and candidates will be will advised to spend the time necessary to explain in this document their intellectual interests, hopes, and plans for the future. A writing sample of no more than seven pages is required. THE AWARDS: Eighty-five entry-level, one-year, portable merit fellowships will be awarded in the competition. Students should note that fellowships are for the first year of a Ph.D. program only and should plan to seek support elsewhere for subsequent years. Graduate schools are aware of the situation and can be expected to consider university support in the second and following years for those Mellon Fellows who have done well. Winners of Mellon Fellowships may take their awards to any accredited graduate school of arts and sciences in the United States and Canada. Each candidate is expected to apply to graduate school, in accordance with normal procedures, for admission to a program leading not only to the M.A. but also to the Ph.D. degree. Payment of the stipend will be made in two installments, the first in September, the second in January. Mellon Fellows are expected to carry a full course load. They may not accept supplementary awards or teaching assistantships during the nine-month academic year of the fellowship.

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