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WRITING AWARDS

The department of English awards annual student prizes in creative writing, critical writing, and writing in freshman English classes. Competitions are held each year in January and February.

Department of English Writing Award descriptions

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The next submission deadline will be February 27, 2017.

SCHOLARSHIPS

English majors with an overall GPA of 3.5 or better (or a GPA of 3.75 in English classes) are invited each spring to apply for a number of awards, including the Garnett and Toerne Scholarships, and the Steiskal Scholarship. Chair’s Scholarships offer smaller awards. As many as ten undergraduate scholarships are awarded each year. All awards and scholarships are presented at the Department of English annual Awards Ceremony, held in April each year. For details and Scholarship Applications, please come to the English Undergraduate Studies Center, 204 Satterfield Hall or call 330-672-1707.

THELMA AND WILFRED ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP IN RENAISSANCE STUDIES

This scholarship was endowed by Thelma M. Anderson, who earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Kent State University and was a faculty member at the Stark Campus from 1969 to 1979. During her Kent State education and teaching career, she developed a lifelong love of early literature and culture, medieval to Renaissance. She died in 2006 at the age of 96.

Applicants must demonstrate an academic interest in the study of the Renaissance, defined as the historical period of 1300-1660 in England, Europe, or other regions, as well as the nature or influence of ideas from that time. The applicant's studies may be centered in any discipline (for example, English, History, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Philosophy, Art History, Musicology, or Theatre). Undergraduate or graduate students may apply.

Applicants must submit the following to Dr. Susanna Fein, English Professor and Coordinator of the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Minor, Department of English, 303-D Satterfield Hall.

  • Letter of application
  • Official transcript
  • The name and department of at least one KSU faculty member who can speak to your interest and talent in Renaissance studies

Garnett Scholarship

This award honors W. Leslie Garnett, a professor of English at Kent for over 25 years who died in 1992 at age 98. She is remembered as an outstanding classroom teacher and a respected contributor to international education.

Applicants must have sophomore or junior standing and overall GPA of 3.5 (or 3.75 in English courses). Students with an interest in international affairs or education are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Garnett Scholarship application (DOC)
  • Letter of application indicating the student’s career goals and how they have been advanced by study of English language and literature
  • Letter of recommendation (normally from professors in the English Department)

Toerne Scholarships

These scholarships honor Richard Toerne, a professor of English at Kent and faculty member from 1961 to 1984.

Applicants should be English majors who have an overall GPA of 3.5 (or 3.75 in English courses) and have taken a minimum of one required course in the major. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Toerne Scholarship application (DOC)
  • Letter of application indicating the student’s career goals and how they have been advanced by study of English language and literature
  • Letter of recommendation (normally from professors in the English Department)

Steiskal Scholarship

This award honors Mildred Steiskal, a 1933 graduate of Kent who returned to the University to complete a master’s degree in 1965. She taught in the Austintown, Ohio, school system for 20 years. After retiring, she was active in the arts community in the Youngstown area.

Steiskal recipients normally qualify for financial aid, as this is a need-based award. Students who have applied for the Garnett or Toerne scholarships will automatically be considered for the Steiskal. Applicants should be English majors who have an overall GPA of 3.5 (or 3.75 in English courses) and have taken a minimum of one required course in the major. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Steiskal Scholarship application (DOC)
  • Letter of application indicating the student’s career goals and how they have been furthered by study of the English language and literature; also include a statement of financial need
  • Letter of recommendation (normally from professors in the English Department)

Stockdale Scholarship

Applicants should be English majors who have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and have taken a minimum of one required course in the major. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Stockdale Scholarship application (DOC)
  • Letter of application indicating the student’s career goals and how they have been advanced by study of English language and literature
  • Letter of recommendation (normally from professors in the English Department)

Vincent Scholarship

Applicants should be English majors who have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and have taken a minimum of one required course in the major. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Vincent Scholarship application (DOC)
  • Letter of application indicating the student’s career goals and how they have been advanced by study of English language and literature
  • Letter of recommendation (normally from professors in the English Department)

The Tamplin Award

The Tamplin Award is given annually by the Writing Commons to recognize the excellent work of Writing Commons tutors and to honor the outstanding contributions of Writing Commons tutors to the intellectual life of Kent State University. One tutor will receive this $500.00 award at the Department of English Award Ceremony in April.

The next submission deadline will be February 27, 2017.