English Scholarships

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.

Roberta Stout Memorial Scholarship

Awards to English majors.

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.

Julia Peyton Phillips Scholarship Fund

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student at Bryn Mawr College who is majoring in Latin, Greek, Classical Languages (both Latin and Greek), or Classical Culture & Society. Priority is given to those students with financial need who are majoring in the above subjects. In the event that Bryn Mawr College cannot identify a worthy candidate in the above majors, a History or English major with financial need will be selected.

Doug Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Major: English GPA: 3.00 Class Level: Continuing student

Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Journalist Scholarship

This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student’s educational institute. The winning student must also be able to attend AWMF’s Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 22, 2015 in New York City to receive the scholarship. Female undergraduate and graduate students studying media, journalism, English, communications and related fields are encouraged to apply. Submission Requirements: Please submit a writing piece of 750 to 1,000 words, focusing on the theme Opening Doors to Opportunity for 25 Years. The piece should center on the accomplishments that have taken place since ADA passed in 1990 and the differences it has made in the lives of people with disabilities. The piece can be written in first or third person. If you have a personal connection to the subject matter, please indicate either within the essay or via cover sheet. For more information on the scholarship and past recipients visit our website. Some questions to keep in mind when composing your piece:  What was the culture like prior to the signing of the ADA? Societal views, mobility, advocacy, etc.  What were some of the challenges that people with disabilities experienced?  What is it like now, 25 years later? What are the differences/advancements?  How have the views of Americans changed toward those with disabilities? Application Requirements: You must be a full-time, female undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university. Please include with your submission (via cover page or otherwise) the following information in its entirety:  Name  College or University and Expected Year of Graduation  A copy of a valid student ID and/or other proof of enrollment  Contact Information (mailing address, phone, email, twitter)  A one-page writing piece, as described above  A letter of recommendation from a professor or journalism/media/communications professional

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.

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

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.

Dorrit A. Sibley Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - English & Comparative Literature Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students who are currently enrolled or about to enroll in the English Department at SJSU. The student showing the most promise as a writer of poetry shall be selected by the department. Major in English & Comparative Literature

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.)

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