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Department of English

Prizes & Scholarships

The Department of English offers a variety of Scholarship Awards and Writing Contest Prizes. Four writing contests are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, whether majors or non-majors. These include The Nancy A. Potter Short Story Contest, The Nancy A. Potter Poets Contest, The Creative Non-Fiction Contest, and The Critical Essay Contest.

Click here for the 2014 Writing Contests submission information.

The 2014 Rumowicz Maritime Essay Contest is open to undergraduate students only.

Each award recipient in all of these contests receives a Certificate of Recognition in their prize category. Prizes are awarded annually, and presented at a reading/celebration at the English Department's Awards Day Ceremony held in April of each year.

2012 English Writing Contests Finalists

2012 Rumowicz Maritime Essay Contest Finalists



Scholarships

The Department of English offers six undergraduate scholarships. These are open to English majors. Scholarships are awarded annually and presented at the English Department's Awards Day Ceremony held in April of each year.

Contact the English Department Undergraduate Advisor for further information. Please find descriptions of all these scholarship awards below:

Nancy Potter Scholarship

Income from endowment provides funds for a scholarship that is awarded annually to a junior English major for excellence in English studies. Recipient is selected by the Department of English. The Nancy Potter Scholarship was established in 1988.

Edna L. Steeves Scholarship

Income from this endowment provides funds for a scholarship that is awarded annually to an English major with high academic achievement. Recipient is selected by the Department of English. The Edna L. Steeves Scholarship was established in November 1995.

Rox-Ellene Greenlaw Memorial English Scholarship

Income from this endowment provides funds for a scholarship that is awarded annually to a female English major who is in her third year and is a Rhode Island resident. The award is based on academic excellence and achievement, dedication to studies, personal integrity, willingness to assist others, and love of the literary arts. Recipient is selected by the Department English. The Rox-Ellene Greenlaw Memorial English Scholarship was established in December 1998.

Dana Shugar Memorial Scholarship

The Dana Shugar Memorial Scholarship Fund rotates between the English Department and the Women's Studies Program. The scholarship is awarded to a female undergraduate student based on academic excellence and financial need. This scholarship was established in 2002. In 2006 the Scholarship will be awarded to an English Major.

Gertrude Spencer Scholarship

The Gertrude Spenser Scholarship is awarded annually to English Majors for demonstration of excellence in written command of the English language. This scholarship was established in 2005.

M. Beverly Swan Endowment

Income from this Endowment is used to support a female student majoring in English. Financial need and academic achievement are considered. This scholarship was established in 2005.