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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.

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.

Carol Green Wilson Scholarship

Eligibility:# Open to: All undergraduate Thetas# Additional Criteria: Recipient must be a creative writing, English or journalism major

Cox Newspaper Minority Journalism Scholarship

The scholarship is intended to provide total financial support for highly-motivated minority students (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American and people of color) who are citizens for four years of study who wish to pursue a career in the newspaper industry. This scholarship is for four-years of study in any one of the following areas of study: Journalism, Mass Communications, Economics, English, Accounting, Political Science, History, Public Policy, Urban Studies, Advertising. Cox Enterprises Inc., a multi media company headquartered in Atlanta, offers a full paid, four year scholarship to high school seniors who will graduate from the metro school system served by one of the following newspapers: West Palm Beach Post (Florida), Austin-American Statesman (Texas), and Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia). Only one scholarship is offered each calendar year and only one newspaper is selected to administer the program.

America's Next Top Namer

Directions Develop five (5) new name candidates for a fictitious intelligent personal digital assistant and academic navigator that works on your tablet, Smartphone or computer anytime, anywhere. This innovative software is exclusive to college students and is designed to support every facet of the collegiate journey. Applicants are encouraged to develop coined or suggestive names. An online search for pre-existing trademarks should be completed before submitting. The name candidates should not include any obvious existing trademarks in the name. Strategic Name Development, Inc. will not consider any submissions that include well-known brand names (Citi®, Gillette®, Xerox®, etc.) or technology names that already exist (Siri®, Evo®, Blackberry®, Twitter®, etc.) Required Material 1. A 1,000-word essay that includes justification for each of the five name candidates developed 2. Your name, gender, age, year in school, college, major, GPA, email address, phone number, and permanent address

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.

Other Majors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

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.

Paul Brewer Scholarship

Eligibility: English Major • Junior/Senior or degree seeking graduate* Available to English major every other year GPA: 3.50

Wilma Baker Fund

Available to students majoring in English, Sociology and Social Work or Business Management. Must be a citizen of the U.S. and have high academic standing.

Alice McFarland Scholarship in English

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

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