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 2015 Writing Contests submission information.
The 2015 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.
2015 English Writing Contests Finalists
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 and is awarded by the Departments of English and Gender / Women's Studies on alternate years.
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.