Maj Ragain Poetry Scholarship | Wick Poetry Center | Kent State University

Maj Ragain Poetry Scholarship

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About Maj Ragain

Maj Ragain (1940-2018) was a beloved creative writing professor and mentor. In memory of his many years serving the Kent community, his family has established the Maj Ragain Poetry Scholarship. Each year, under the leadership of the Wick Poetry Center, a committee comprised of Kent State creative writing faculty and Wick Poetry Center staff will award 1 Kent State student (undergraduate or graduate) the Maj Ragain Poetry Scholarship. 

This $1,000 scholarship will support the student leading community poetry workshops and organizing a yearly poetry reading at Last Exit Books. 

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  • All Kent State University undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least part-time and in good standing at the university are eligible to apply. 

  • Submit 5 pages of original poetry and a two-page essay answer the question: “What is the value of poetry to a community?”

  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information in your submission, including the file name. The scholarship award is judged blindly. Any identifying information will disqualify the scholarship application.

  • In the cover letter section, include all of your current contact information.

  • By applying, applicants confirm that they are available to lead TEN one-hour writing workshops in the Kent community (time, date, location TBD) between December 2018 and June 2019. Applicants confirm that they are also available to organize a poetry reading at Last Exit Books in the spring of 2019. 

  • Applications open on October 1 and close December 1, 2018.
  • Scholarship winner will be notified in December, 2018.

Submit your Application Here