Scholarships

About the Scholarships and Awards

The Department of English offers nine scholarships, one award, and a tuition and fee waiver for qualified English students. The English Department scholarship applications are due at noon on Monday, April 15th, 2019.

To qualify for these scholarships, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled Western student
  • meet the scholarship or award requirements
  • intend to graduate later than Summer 2019

 

The scholarship application cover sheet is available for printing here: Scholarships and Awards Application Form.

The scholarship descriptions are available here: Scholarship Awards and Requirements.

  • please check all boxes for the scholarships to which you are applying
  • attach the scholarship application as a coversheet to your materials
  • assemble your materials based on the scholarship descriptions and requirements
  • if you are submitting writing samples, double space and on the first page note the scholarships for which the materials should be considered
  • submit these application materials to the English main office (HU 329) before noon on Monday, April 15th, 2019.

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

2018-2019 SCHOLARSHIPS and AWARDS

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 $2,364.

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 $1,036.

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 $701.

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 $1,874.

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 2019-20 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 creative 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 10-15 page writing sample in any genre. The most recent award amount was $2,412.

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 consisting of a critical essay totaling 10-15 pages. The most recent award amount was $2,112.

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 $905.

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 $1,200.

The English Department Academic Year 2018-2019 Scholarships have been awarded. Recipients have been notified and are listed below.

William E. Smith Scholarship: Courtney Rivera ($905)

Ethel Grady Church Scholarship: Lucas Walker ($701)

R.D. Brown Memorial Scholarship: Hailey Miller and Hannah Lewis ($1,036 each)

Nancy J. Johnson Scholarship: Kaila Rafferty ($1,874)

Nancy and Ralph Babcock Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Dagney Safon ($2,364)

William K. McNeill English Literature Memorial Scholarship: Isaiah Swango ($2,112)

William K. McNeill Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship: Madison Phares ($2,412)

Arthur Key Scholarship: Reese Duncan ($1,070)

Dave and Ann Mann Scholarships for Writing Studies and Creative Writing Minors: Wyatt Heimbichner-Goebel and Tamie Phelps ($2,500 each)

Dr. Evelyn Steger Memorial Scholarship: Megan Troupe ($1,200)

Bonnie Barthold Award: Grace Dunbar-Miller ($500)

Undergraduate Tuition/Fee Waiver: Zack Kemp ($1,800)

Outstanding Graduate in Creative Writing: Austin Garcia

Outstanding Graduate in Literature: Alyssa Kaufman

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award: Alyssa Quinn

Outstanding Graduate (MA): Chloe Allmand

Outstanding Graduate (MFA): Rosemary Engelfried