Scholarships and Awards

Through the Department of English at the School of Liberal Arts, you are invited each year to apply for the many scholarships and awards offered to English students. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and be in good academic standing. We recognize excellence in English from year one to year four. Priority will be given to students based on financial need.

Undergraduate Scholarships

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Essay Award in English

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.

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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.

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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).

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The Eric Sharp Gateway Poetry Award

This award of $100 is for the 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).

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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.

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Rebecca Pitts Creative Writing Award for Fiction

This award of $250 is 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 per award.

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Rebecca Pitts Creative Writing Award for Poetry

This award of $250 is 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 poem per award.

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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).

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Bonnie Lehenbauer Film Studies Scholarship

This $500 faculty-nominated award recognizes an outstanding student in the Film Studies Program.

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Brian McDonald Legacy Scholarship in Literature

This scholarship of $250 honors students who best exemplifies the same values as Senior Lecturer Emeritus Brian C. McDonald, who lived an examined life with great integrity. These values shaped his enthusiasm for intellectual engagement and his deep love of literature.

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Sarah Jamison Keller Scholarship

This $2,800 scholarship is awarded to an English language or literature major of junior status with senior status in the upcoming fall semester who is an Indiana resident.

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Collaborative Writing Award

This award is for an outstanding collaborative writing project originating in an English department professional and public writing class.

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Graduate Scholarships

Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Graduate Scholarship in English

This award of $1,100 is to support graduate students enrolled in the Department of English graduate program with an applied linguistics or TESOL concentration.

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Marianne Hedges Award for Excellence in Poetry

This $150 prize is awarded for an outstanding poem submitted by an undergraduate or graduate student.

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Peter Bassett Barlow Prize

This $200 prize is given annually to the author of the best paper submitted by a student enrolled in the English MA Program.

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