Scholarships

About the Scholarships and Awards

The Department of English offers ten scholarships, one award, and a tuition and fee waiver for qualified English students.   Applications for the 2017-2018 English scholarships and awards are no longer being accepted. The deadline to turn in all application materials was noon on Monday, April 17. 

For information on other forms of financial aid please visit WWU's Financial Aid webpage.

2017-20187 Scholarships and Awards have been awarded.  Click here to see the list of winners.

The Nancy and Ralph Babcock Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis. In addition to the application form, students must provide a sample of their writing (a short story, creative work of nonfiction, group of five or more poems, or nonfiction prose totaling no more than 15 pages) in typed manuscript. The most recent award amount was $2,500.

Bonnie J. Barthold Award
This award honors the life and work of Bonnie J. Barthold, a former English professor who is an inspirational figure, particularly in the education of and about ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. This award is open to ethnic minority students or students with a disability majoring or minoring in English whose academic accomplishment, service commitment, or professional goals will contribute to social justice or diversity. Together with the application form, applicants must submit no more than 15 pages of creative or scholarly work and a one-page statement reflecting how they meet the criteria for the award. The most recent award amount was $500.

R.D. Brown Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors R.D. Brown, an accomplished writer and gifted English teacher who taught at Western for twenty-five years. It supports an outstanding junior or senior English major with an emphasis in creative or professional writing. In addition to the application form, students must provide a sample of their writing (a short story, creative work of nonfiction, group of five or more poems, or nonfiction prose totaling no more than 15 pages). The most recent award amount was $1,600.

Ethel Grady Church Scholarship
This scholarship honors Ethel Grady Church, a long-time resident of Bellingham and friend of the English Department. It supports an upper-division or graduate student majoring in English who has been at WWU at least three quarters. Recipients should exhibit high potential for making a contribution to society. In addition to the application form, students must provide an unofficial grade transcript and a brief statement explaining their future goals and career plans. The most recent award amount was $500.

English Department Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Waiver
Applicant must be a full-time English major with a GPA in English courses of 3.5 or better. In addition to the application form, students must provide an unofficial grade transcript. The most recent award amount was $1,800.

The Nancy J. Johnson English Education Scholarship
This scholarship honors the very accomplished work of the English Department’s own Dr. Nancy J. Johnson, an inspirational figure with a global reputation in the field of English Education. Applicant must be majoring in English Education (either Literature with Secondary Education Interest or Creative Writing with Secondary Education Interest). In addition to the application form and an unofficial grade transcript, students must provide a two-page explanation of their teaching plans (age/grade interest, when student teaching will take place, and an exploration of their commitment to English/language arts in middle school or high school). The most recent award amount was $5,000.

Arthur Key Scholarship
This scholarship for English majors is generously funded by accomplished English Department alumni Stacia and Garry Scott and named in honor of one of their favorite characters from Ron Carlson’s novel Five Skies. Applicants must be majoring in English; demonstrate financial need; and exhibit outstanding talent as scholars and/or writers. The award shall alternate yearly between undergraduate English Literature students and undergraduate Creative Writing students. The 2017-18 award in the amount of $1000 shall go to an English Literature student. In addition to the application form, students must provide a one-page statement that demonstrates financial need as well as a ten-page writing sample from any English Department course completed at Western.

Dave and Ann Mann Scholarships for Writing Studies and Creative Writing Minors
This scholarship provides very generous support each year for two students minoring in Creative Writing and/or Writing Studies. Though students in any major may apply for this award, preference will be given to students enrolled in majors within the College of Business, Woodring College of Education or the College of Sciences and Engineering. Each scholarship is in the amount of $2,500 for a total of $5,000 per year. In addition to the application form and an unofficial grade transcript, students must provide a ten-page writing sample from any English Department course completed at Western.

William K. McNeill Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis, who is in good academic standing, demonstrates a high level of skill in English writing, exhibits leadership qualities and good character, and expresses financial need. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit a letter detailing the above as well as a writing sample. The most recent award amount was $2,500.

William K. McNeill English Literature Memorial Scholarship
Applicant must be an English major with a Literature emphasis, who is in good academic standing, demonstrates a high level of skill in English writing, exhibits leadership qualities and good character, and expresses financial need. In addition to the application form, applicants must submit a letter detailing the above and a writing sample. The most recent award amount was $2,500.

William Smith Scholarship in Professional and Technical Writing
This scholarship honors retired English Department faculty member William Smith, an accomplished scholar and award-winning teacher. This scholarship supports any student with academic accomplishment in professional and technical writing. In addition to the application form, students should submit an unofficial grade transcript and a one-page statement explaining their academic goals. The most recent award amount was $1,000.

Dr. Evelyn Steger Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the vibrant memory of Dr. Evelyn Steger, a native of Bellingham, distinguished graduate of Western, and early Department faculty member in English Literature. Dr. Steger was an ardent feminist once described by The New York Times as “a force of nature.” This scholarship supports a full-time English major with a literature emphasis, with preference given to a student also minoring in Philosophy. Recipient should have a record of academic accomplishment. Together with the application form, applicants must submit an unofficial grade transcript and a one-page statement explaining their academic goals. The most recent award amount was $2,000.

 

2017-2018 Scholarships and Award Winners

The Nancy and Ralph Babcock Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Cassidy Bartlett, Samantha Sandoz, and Quinn Edwards ($850 each)
Bonnie J. Barthold Award: Lynda Kozak ($500)
R.D. Brown Memorial Scholarship: James Matson, Bailey Henderson, and Amelia Koontz ($1000 each)
Ethel Grady Church Scholarship: Rosemary Engelfried ($500)
English Department Undergraduate Tuition and Fee Waiver: Megan Troupe and Oscar Lemley ($900 each)
The Nancy J. Johnson English Education Scholarship: Kara Alden, Elijah Schenk, and Alyssa Kaufman ($850 each)
Arthur Key Scholarship: Julian Hernandez ($950)
Dave and Ann Mann Scholarships for Writing Studies and Creative Writing Minors: Celine Gross and Jacob Ensey ($2500 each)
William K. McNeill Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship: Jennet Kaya and Tanner Abernathy ($1000 each)
William K. McNeill English Literature Memorial Scholarship: Rachel LaBrasca and Emma Watson ($1000 each)
William Smith Scholarship in Professional and Technical Writing: McKenzie Bolar and Lily Olason ($450 each)
Dr. Evelyn Steger Memorial Scholarship: Paola Merrill ($200)

2016-2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior: Rosa Tobin

Don and Elaine Westhoff Jeopardy Magazine Award:
Cassidy Bartlett
Austin Garcia
Tait Jensen
Hillary Thalmann

Dayna Patterson nominated as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the MFA program
Rebecca Baker nominated as the Outstanding Graduate Student in the MA program