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Student Scholarships


Below are a list of scholarships through English and the School of Liberal Arts (Note: Scholarships deadline is Feb. 1) 

Frank N. & Patricia Owings Scholarship in English

This award of $500 will be given to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of English at the School of Liberal Arts. Recipients must be majoring in one of the following concentrations: creative writing, literature, English studies, or writing and literacy. Preference will be given to students who are juniors, in good academic standing and are Indiana residents.

Frances Dodson Rhome Scholarship

This scholarship of up to $2000 is open to all undergraduate students majoring in a Liberal Arts discipline with a demonstrated interest in Women's Studies or English Literature. Preference will be given to students based on demonstrated financial need.

Ray Russo Faculty/Student Technology Scholarship

This scholarship of $500 is open to all undergraduate Liberal Arts majors. Students must work with faculty members to develop a project that will help bring new pedagogical technologies in course design and delivery into the classroom. Preference is given to students majoring in English, but all majors may apply.


For full guidelines and to submit applications, please visit the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts scholarship opportunities page. 

Undergraduate Student Awards


Submissions as explained below should be submitted via this link no later than 5p on the first day of February. For more information, contact Terry Kirts at (317) 274-8929 or tkirts@iupui.edu. 

For all writing awards:

  • You must be currently enrolled IUPUI students or have graduated the December before the deadline.
  • For all award applications, students must complete a scholarship application form online here.
  • All submissions should must be submitted no later than midnight on February 1.  Late submissions will not be considered.
  • All submissions must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
  • Please give your submission files short names that clearly connect them to their titles.
  • Do not put your name on any submitted manuscript; your name should appear only in your scholarship application.

Undergraduate Writing Awards

English for Academic Purposes W130 Award
This award of $50 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding essay originating in an English for Academic Purposes W130 class in the past 12 months. Students who have not been enrolled in an EAP section of W130 in the last year are not eligible. Up to two pieces may be submitted.

English for Academic Purposes W131 Award
This award of $50 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding essay originating in an English for Academic Purposes W131 class in the past 12 months. Students who have not been enrolled in an EAP section of W131 in the last year are not eligible.  Up to two pieces may be submitted

Hal Tobin First Year Writing Award
This award of $125 is presented annually to the undergraduate student who submits the best essay written in either W131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry or W140 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry-Honors. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it. Up to two pieces may be submitted.

Essay Award
This award of $50 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student for an outstanding critical, analytical, or expository essay originating in an English department writing and literacy class, excluding W131 and W140 (essays from those 2 courses can be submitted to the Hal Tobin Award). You may submit up to two pieces. Work entered in this contest may not also be entered in the Creative Nonfiction Writing Award contest. Essays written for creative writing courses should be entered in creative writing award contests sponsored by the department. Courses qualifying for this award include the following: Eng. W210, W230, W231, W262, W270, W312, W313, W315, W318, W320, W331, W366, W390, W396, W398, W400, W412, W426, and W496.


Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards

Creative Nonfiction Writing Award
This award of $50 is presented to an IUPUI undergraduate student demonstrating excellence in a work of creative nonfiction prose. Students may submit up to two pieces. Work entered in this contest should come from true, real-life experiences or situations and may not also be entered for the Essay Award, the Eric Sharp Gateway Fiction Award, the Rebecca Pitts Fiction Award, or the Mary Louise Rea Short Story Award. Works written in W207, W301, and W401 may not be submitted for this award. 

The Eric Sharp Gateway Fiction Award
This award of $100 is for the best short story written in W206, Introduction to Creative Writing or W207, Introduction to Fiction Writing (last spring, summer, or fall semester). This award is given in memory of Eric Sharp, a former IUPUI student. Students may submit one story. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it. Works submitted for the Gateway Fiction Award should not derive from the author's real-life experiences and cannot also be submitted for the Creative Nonfiction Award. Note: creative writers from any course may also submit their poetry or fiction for the Pitts and Rea awards (see below).

The Eric Sharp Gateway Poetry Award
This award of $100 is for the best best poem written in W206: Introduction to Creative Writing or W208: Introduction to Poetry Writing from the past year (last spring, summer, or fall semester). This award is given in memory of Eric Sharp, a former IUPUI student. Students may submit up to two poems. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it.

The Marianne Hedges Award for Excellence in Poetry
This $100 award is for an outstanding poem by an undergraduate or graduate female student. Any woman who was enrolled in an IUPUI creative writing class in 2014 may apply. Students may submit up to three poems. The award is given in memory of Marianne Hedges, a former IUPUI student and a fine poet.

Rebecca Pitts Poetry and Fiction Awards
These awards of $250 are for any student who has been enrolled in a creative writing course in the past 18 months and who is currently an undergraduate student at IUPUI. Please submit only one short story or one poem per award. Students may submit work in both genres. This award is given in honor of Rebecca Pitts and made possible by Pauline Bonderman. Works submitted for the Pitts Fiction Award should not derive from the author's real-world experiences and may not also be submitted for the Creative Nonfiction awards.

Mary Louise Rea Short Story Award
This award of $250, made possible by a gift from the late Mary Louise Rea, Professor Emerita of English, is for a short story written by anyone enrolled in an IUPUI creative writing course during the last 18 months and who is currently an undergraduate student at IUPUI (or a December graduate). You may submit up to two entries; each entry will be judged separately. Works submitted for the Rea Short Story Award should not derive from the author's real-world experiences and may not also be submitted for the Creative Nonfiction awards.

Graduate Student Awards


The Marianne Hedges Award for Excellence in Poetry

This $100 award is for an outstanding poem by an undergraduate or graduate female student. Any woman who was enrolled in an IUPUI creative writing class in 2014 may apply. Students may submit up to three poems. The award is given in memory of Marianne Hedges, a former IUPUI student and a fine poet.  


Peter Bassett Barlow Award

This $100 award is given to the best paper submitted by a student enrolled in the English MA Program at IUPUI. It honors the memory of a man who served the community as a physician and whose passionate humanism and great intellect bore witness to the lifelong value of a liberal education. Submissions must have been written for course work in the English MA program. Students may submit up to two papers for this award. Students may revise and edit their work before submitting it.


The Joan and Larry Cimino Award for Excellence in Intercultural Communication

This award of up to $500, offered by the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication, is given to the best paper, thesis chapter, or thesis on intercultural communication submitted by a graduate student enrolled in a graduate course in a degree program offered through the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The study of intercultural communication is broadly defined to include research in areas such as language corpora, contrastive rhetoric, second language acquisition, second language pedagogy, language and communication theory, as well as other related fields. (Note: For this award, contact icic@iupui.edu for more information and for submission instructions).

The English Department offers several ways to get involved!


The English Club

The English Club welcomes all students interested in English-Creative Writing, Film, Literature, Linguistics, Writing & Literacy-and in English Education. The purpose of the club is simple: to socialize. We know English majors at IUPUI seldom do anything beyond reading, writing, school, and work. Most of those activities are solitary practices. We'd like to get people with similar passions together to build relationships outside the classroom that will last beyond graduation. Joining the English Club will get students away from their laptops, desktops, and notepads and into the lives of their interesting classmates. Meetings and special events organized by the English Club aim to enrich students' experiences in English studies. For more information or to get involved, contact Tracy Donhardt at tdonhard@iupui.edu.


Film Society at IUPUI

Film Society at IUPUI is a student organization that gathers periodically to watch various films throughout history (with the exception of the superhero genre). All current students at IUPUI are welcome to share their appreciation of the medium by watching movies elected by the body of the organization. Film Society at IUPUI is a great social gathering of students who are likeminded in their passions, a great resume booster, and above all else, a great start to the weekend. Contact Professor Dennis Bingham at dbingham@iupui.edu or JP Hyde at jphyde@umail.iu.edu to join today! For more information, visit the Society's Facebook page.


The Rufus and Louise Reiberg Creative Reading Series

View schedule.  Founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI English Department Chair Rufus Reiberg, and renamed in 2006 to include his wife Louise, the series annually brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work. Series organizers hope to make students aware that some of the best literature yet has been written by living authors - sometimes writers close to their own ages. Exposure to authors who are actively teaching, writing, and publishing provides students with models of the writing life that will inspire them to follow their own dreams. Acting director Terry Kirts states, "If the goal of writing is to reach out to others to share ideas, feelings, and convictions, then meeting authors up close is the best way for students to understand what literature is all about." Past guest writers have included Maxine Hong Kingston, Edward Hirsch, Sr. Helen Prejean, Tyehimba Jess, Frank X. Walker, Crystal Wilkerson, Roger Mitchell, Reginald Shepherd, Achy Obejas, Nin Andrews, Martin Espada, and Porter Shreve. All readings take place in the Lilly Auditorium of IUPUI's University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Readings are free and open to the public.  Contact: Terry Kirts, tkirts@iupui.edu, or join The Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series @ IUPUI on facebook.


Student Readings

As part of the vibrant literary scene in Indianapolis, the IUPUI Student Readings are home to an ever-expanding family of aspiring writers, performance poets, and musicians. Events take place monthly at local venues in the spring and fall semesters. Presentations by seasoned writers and performers are followed by open-mic time for newcomers. Mini poetry-slam competitions kick off each semester, and audience members compete for seasonally-themed prizes through haiku- or prose-writing contests. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Students and community members interested in participating in the readings should contact Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu, or join the group on facebook: IUPUI Student Readings.  For dates and locations, visit the Creative Writing Opportunities page.

genesis

Published bi-annually, genesis, IUPUI's Art and Literary Magazine since 1972, provides opportunities for aspiring writers, artists, and editors. Students at IUPUI and Herron School of Art may submit work for consideration by the all-student editorial staff. Best of Issue prizes are awarded for Art, Poetry, Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Editors develop skills by reading and viewing submissions, selecting pieces for publication, editing the selections, designing the layout of the magazine, and submitting the finished manuscript to the printers for publication. Each semester a public release party, with readings and art gallery, feature the student contributors. Copies of the magazine are distributed across campus. View their website or contact Sarah Layden, the faculty advisor, at salayden@iupui.edu or 317-274-0089 for more information.

Interested in getting published?


In order to have an impressive portfolio of your writing to show prospective employers, grad school administrators, or internship coordinators, you will need to have some clips of your published work. One way to do that is to write content for our Department of English website. Email Tracy Donhardt at tdonhard@iupui.edu to see how you can help, and get published in the process!

However, this may not be the only site that needs content. Look around at corporations' and non-profit organizations’ websites and see if you can offer your expertise in writing to spruce up their content. You can also count as published work a project you do for a class such as W315, Writing for the Web. Any English or Journalism class, among others, may have an assignment where you need to write content, so why not turn it into a piece of published work and take the first step in creating your portfolio?

Remember, published work can range from articles, to blogs, to profiles, to web page content. Just about anything that can be seen on the Internet or in print might be considered published work, so writing for publication is not as difficult as you may think.

Take the first steps to get yourself published today!