Awards & Scholarships

 

For Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Cover Sheet  (Download and attach to each award application)

Available Awards Chart  (downloadable pdf)

 

Award Deadline: 5 p.m. / March 5, 2018

  • Download and attach a cover sheet for each award submission
  • Do not staple
  • Place in an envelope
  • Turn in to the English Department, 203 Ross

2017 English Department Student Award Winners (pdf)


 

Critical Writing Award

Any undergraduate student (any major) may submit any single piece of critical exposition originally written for an English course at Iowa State University (including course papers submitted during the current academic year). The amount of the two awards varies, up to $200 each.

Undergraduate essays will be judged separately. Criteria for evaluation include originality of thesis, command of material, and quality of exposition.

Submissions must be freshly typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 30 pages. Recommended length is 6–15 pages for undergraduate essays and 12–20 pages for graduate essays.

Cross-disciplinary Linguistics Scholarship

The Cross-disciplinary Linguistics Scholarship is given annually to an undergraduate linguistics major with demonstrated skill and enthusiasm for linguistic theory and practice. This $250 award will go to a student whose academic career shows promise in leading to a future directly related to theoretical or applied linguistics. NOTE: Applicants must have at least 1 year left before graduating with their BA in Linguistics.

To apply, provide a 2-3 page essay describing your interests in and goals for your study of linguistics, including any specific experience that is related to your study of linguistics. The selection of a recipient for the award will be made by a committee of faculty members from the Cross-disciplinary Linguistics Program whose selection will be based upon the submitted essay.

Herta David Scholarships in English

Two Herta David Scholarships in English ($2,000 each) are given annually to Iowa State undergraduates (sophomores, juniors, or seniors) majoring in English. Applicants must be from challenging family backgrounds and have financial need. Previous recipients of the Herta David Scholarships in English are eligible to apply for the award in subsequent years as long as they meet the stated requirements and are making satisfactory progress towards their degrees.

To apply, provide an account explaining how the scholarship will benefit you and include a brief statement (150-200) of financial need. Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 Grade Point Average to receive the award.

Paul L. and Carolyn Errington Award

The Paul L. and Carolyn Errington Award is presented annually to a graduate student in English who demonstrates excellence in environmental literary criticism. This award honors Paul L. and Carolyn Errington for the many contributions they made to the advancement of the environmental humanities. The amount of this award is $300.

To apply, provide an expository essay originally written for an ISU graduate English course. The essay should be a work of—or on a subject directly related to—environmental literary criticism. The selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of faculty members from the Department of English and will be based upon the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay. Submissions must be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 30 pages, with a recommended length of 12–20 pages.

Aubrey E. Galyon Scholarship

The Aubrey Galyon Scholarship is given annually to an ISU student completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the year of application and commencing work at an accredited institution toward a Ph.D. in literature, linguistics, or rhetoric. This award ($1000) will go to a student whose academic record demonstrates the excellence necessary for doctoral study; strong preference will be given to students showing potential for original theoretical work in their chosen fields. When other factors seem equal, the financial need of applicants will be considered.

To apply, provide an essay (300–500 words) explaining why you intend to pursue doctoral studies in literature, linguistics, or rhetoric. If applicable, also include a brief statement (150–200 words) of financial need. The recipient of the award will be chosen by a committee of faculty members representing the linguistics program and the departments of English and WLC (World Languages & Cultures).

Pearl Hogrefe Grants in Creative Writing

One or more Pearl Hogrefe Grants in Creative Writing of $1,000 will be awarded during the spring semester to graduate students who show extraordinary promise in creative writing. These awards are open to all graduate students at Iowa State and will be given on the basis of a qualitative evaluation of competitive entries. Current Hogrefe Fellows are not eligible to apply.

In addition, one or more Pearl Hogrefe Grant Recognition Awards of $500 will also be given.

Original fiction, poetry, drama, and imaginative nonfiction may be submitted by their authors for the award competition. Several recent pieces showing range, development, and promise usually make a stronger submission by an applicant than does a single outstanding piece. Judges for the competition will be the members of the Pearl Hogrefe Fund Advisory Committee and the Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program.

All entries should be typewritten, should not exceed twenty-five pages, and should be submitted in a large manila envelope. Do not put your name on your submitted work.

Freda Huncke Endowment Awards

The Freda Huncke Endowment Awards of $1,000 each are given annually to five students (freshmen, sophomores, or juniors) majoring in English who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and expository writing ability. Applicants must be full-time students. Some preference will be given to students planning to teach. Former winners may reapply.

Quentin G. Johnson Award

The Quentin G. Johnson Award is given annually in honor of Professor Johnson’s commitment to the teaching of linguistics. The award is made to a student (undergraduate or graduate) who has a strong academic record and who shows promise in the study of linguistics.

To apply, provide all three of the following: (1) an expository essay written for an ISU linguistics course, (2) a separate essay explaining your interest in linguistics and the role your linguistics work is likely to play in your career, and (3) a brief (150–200 word) statement of financial need. The selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of linguistics faculty members from the Department of English and will be based on the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay as well as the evidence of aptitude in and commitment to the study of linguistics. In addition, some preference may be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need.

W. Paul Jones Scholarship

The W. Paul Jones Scholarship is given to a doctoral student in the Rhetoric and Professional Communication Program in recognition of scholarly excellence. The award honors Professor Jones’ dedication to the teaching of writing and to the use of clear and precise language in imparting technical and scientific information.

Applicants must submit a scholarly paper written after admission to the ISU Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. This work may be a seminar paper written for an ISU graduate course, a conference paper, or a paper prepared for publication, as long as its subject is rhetoric or professional communication. The applicant must have been a full-time ISU graduate student for at least one semester during the current academic year and must not have completed the preliminary doctoral examination at the time of application.

The award recipient will be selected by a committee of graduate faculty members from the Department of English, and the decision will be based solely upon the scholarly merit of the submitted work.

Will C. Jumper Scholarship

The Will C. Jumper Scholarship is given annually to an Iowa State undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence in poetry writing. Students from any area of the university are eligible to submit a portfolio (between four to six samples of poetry) for the committee’s consideration. The award is made solely on the basis of the excellence of the work submitted. Submissions should be typed and placed unfolded in a large envelope.

James and Rachel Lowrie Family Awards

The James and Rachel Lowrie Family Awards is given in recognition of a junior or senior (any major) whose oral and written performance in English courses at Iowa State University demonstrates outstanding growth, perception, and capability in the study of literature.

CANDIDATES WILL BE NOMINATED BY A FACULTY MEMBER and selected by a committee of staff and students. Interested applicants may ask faculty members to nominate them or faculty members may inform students of their willingness to serve as nominators. Faculty members should email their nominations (either as attachments or directly within the body of the email) to Christiana Langenberg, Advising Coordinator, clang@iastate.edu. These letters should specifically address the student’s “outstanding growth, perception, and capability in the study of literature.”

Kurt Moody Creative Writing Award

The Kurt Moody Creative Writing Award of $750 is given annually to an Iowa State undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence in creative writing. Students from any area of the university are eligible to submit a portfolio of writing (should not exceed twenty-five pages) for the committee’s consideration. The work submitted is restricted to any one of the following genres or may include any combination of them: fiction writing, screenwriting, or playwriting. The award is made solely on the basis of the excellence of the work submitted, and no special consideration is given to those students who submit material in more than one genre. Submissions should be typed and placed unfolded in a large envelope.

Albert L. Walker Award

The Albert L. Walker Excellence in English Award is given annually to undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated ability in the study of literature. In honor of Professor Walker, former chair of the Department of English, three awards of $300 each will be awarded, one to an undergraduate English major, one to an undergraduate majoring in a subject other than English, and one to a graduate student (any major) who has taken at least one graduate course in literature at ISU.

To apply, provide an essay of no more than 500 words, explain the way that a text of your choosing illustrates what you have found to be interesting or satisfying about your study of literature. If you are an undergraduate, provide a copy of your most recent degree audit. The selection of a recipient will be made by the members of the Walker Award Committee and will be based upon the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay and upon academic achievement and performance in the study of literature.

Richard R. Wright Award

The Richard Wright Award is given annually to a graduate student with demonstrated ability in expository writing. In honor of Professor Wright’s commitment to the teaching of writing, especially technical and scientific writing, this award will go to a student whose academic career shows promise in business/technical communication or rhetoric/composition.

To apply, provide an expository essay written for an ISU graduate English course. Also include a brief (150–200 word) statement of financial need. The selection of a recipient will be made by a committee of faculty members from the Department of English and will be based upon the clarity and effectiveness of the submitted essay. In addition, some preference may be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need.

Pearl Hogrefe Freshman Scholarship in Creative Writing

The English Department’s Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fund awards the Freshman Scholarship in Creative Writing in the amount of $1,000 toward tuition for up to two Iowa State University students with freshman status (0-31 credits) whose work exemplifies promise or talent in one of the genres of creative writing.

For consideration, students must submit up to ten pages of creative writing (e.g., poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction essays, or excerpts of plays, screenplays, or novels).  Mixed genre submissions are acceptable.  The award is made solely on the basis of the excellence of the work submitted. A letter of recommendation (for example from a former teacher) that attests to the student’s promise and talent in creative writing and a high school GPA of 3.0 or more are required.

Submissions (10-page writing sample, letter of recommendation, proof of high school GPA) should be typed, double-spaced, scanned as one set of documents (Word or PDF) and emailed to Christiana Langenberg, Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards Coordinator:  clang@iastate.edu  Submissions must be postmarked by July 31 to be considered. Because this scholarship is also open to incoming freshmen, all students will be notified by the first week of classes in August.

Pearl Hogrefe Sophomore Scholarship in Creative Writing

The English Department’s Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fund awards the Sophomore Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 toward tuition to up to two promising sophomores (between 32-59 overall credits applied to degree program) who exhibit original and imaginative use of form and language; show evidence of having promise in creative writing; GPA in the major of at least 3.0. Submission should include one or two short stories, or a collection of poems, screenplay or play excerpt, or nonfiction essay—any/all totaling not more than 5000 words. Candidates will also include the name of one Creative Writing faculty member who has agreed to serve as a reference.  Materials will be submitted/attached to this cover sheet as a portfolio during the English Department spring awards and scholarship submission process. Name must be left OFF of portfolio itself.

Pearl Hogrefe Junior Scholarship in Creative Writing

The English Department’s Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fund awards the Junior Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 toward tuition to up to two juniors (60-89 credits applied to degree program) who have taken at least one, preferably two creative writing classes and combine unique ideas and fresh choices in language with bold reaches into original and imaginative use of form and language; show evidence of having produced a significant body of creative writing; GPA in the major of at least 3.0. Submission should include one or two short stories, a collection of poems, screenplay or play excerpt, or nonfiction essay—any/all totaling not more than 6000 words. Candidates will also include the name of one Creative Writing faculty member who has agreed to serve as a reference. Materials will be submitted as a portfolio during the English Department spring awards and scholarship submission process. Name must be left OFF of portfolio itself.

Pearl Hogrefe Senior Scholarship in Creative Writing

The English Department’s Pearl Hogrefe Creative Writing Fund awards the Senior Scholarship in Creative Writing to up to two seniors (90+ credits applied to degree program) with outstanding originality and potential whose work exhibits an unusual perspective and unique voice not necessarily measured by conventional standards. GPA in the major of at least 3.0. Submission should include any of the following: short stories, a collection of poems, screenplay or play excerpt, or nonfiction essay—any/all totaling not more than 7000 words. Candidates will also include the name of one Creative Writing faculty member who has agreed to serve as a reference. Materials will be submitted as a portfolio during the English Department spring awards and scholarship submission process. Name must be left OFF of portfolio itself.