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Scholarships & Grants

The Department of English is proud to offer many scholarships that recognize and support outstanding undergraduates. Every scholarship listed below can be awarded to multiple recipients. You are eligible for a scholarship if you are a declared BA English major in CLA. If you plan to start your scholarship year with more than 75 credits, you will be asked to provide a statement about why financial support is still helpful to you. (The department also offers research and travel grants.)

Scholarship recipients must maintain their English major status and be full-time students for both semesters of the award year. If you plan to graduate at the end of the fall semester, you are eligible for half the award amount.

To be considered for a scholarship, complete the common application for CLA Continuing Student Scholarships by March 5, 2021. The Hawkins, Atkinson, and Phelan Scholarships require supplementary materials described below. The other scholarships we award require no additional materials.

Donald V. Hawkins Scholarships

Donald V. Hawkins Scholarships foster and support student excellence with stipends of $4,000. They are made possible by an endowment in honor of Donald V. Hawkins and his love for the University of Minnesota.

Eligibility: Full-time juniors and seniors with at least a 3.3 GPA for English major courses. If you received this award in your junior year, you can apply for it in your senior year as well.
Apply: Besides completing the CLA common application, submit 2 letters of recommendation and 1 paper written for an English class to Rachel Drake at englmaj@umn.edu by 4 pm on March 5, 2021.

Beverly Atkinson Scholarships for Non-Traditional English Majors

Beverly Atkinson Scholarships recognize and encourage non-traditional English majors who have overcome remarkable odds to pursue their college degrees. Stipends are $1,000. Examples of non-traditional students include, but are not limited to, displaced homemakers (of any gender), students with disabilities, individuals starting their college careers after age 23, students with family responsibilities, individuals experiencing mid-career changes, etc.

Eligibility: English majors who are registered for at least 12 credits per semester.
Apply: Besides completing the CLA common application, students should write a 2 to 3-sentence statement explaining the extraordinary demands in their lives that have taken time away from their academic pursuits. Send this statement to Rachel Drake at englmaj@umn.edu by 4 pm on March 5, 2021.

Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarships in Creative Writing

This scholarship recognizes English majors who demonstrate promise in creative writing with a $1,000 stipend. It was established by former students of Anna Phelan, who taught journalism and creative writing at the University of Minnesota.

Eligibility: Junior English majors.
Apply: Besides completing the CLA common application, send a sample of your creative writing (6-8 pages of poetry or 15-20 pages of fiction or literary nonfiction) to Rachel Drake at englmaj@umn.edu by 4pm on March 5, 2021.

More English Scholarships

To be considered for all of the scholarships below, complete the CLA common application by March 5, 2021. No additional materials are needed.

Sharon Borine Scholarships

Scholarships of approximately $1,000 are made possible by the generosity of Sharon Borine and her family. Borine received a BA in English from the University.

Jessie M. Comstock Memorial Scholarships

Scholarships of approximately $2,000 are awarded in memory of Jessie M. Comstock.

Joan C. Forester Scholarships

Scholarships of approximately $1,000 are awarded to attract and support strong students majoring in English at the University of Minnesota.

Robert Etheridge Moore Scholarships

These scholarships provide a stipend of approximately $1,500, made possible by a gift established by a former student of Professor Moore, whom the student described as one of the four best teachers he had in 11 years of higher education. Professor Moore was a lively and influential teacher with expertise in literature, opera, and visual arts of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Captain Dewitt Jennings Payne Memorial Scholarships

These scholarships provide a stipend of approximately $2,000. They come from a fund established by the late Olivia Payne Stover in memory of her brother, Captain Payne, who was the first American aviator killed in World War I.

Contact Rachel Drake at englmaj@umn.edu if you have questions about any aspect of the application process, your eligibility, or the supplementary materials that some scholarships require.