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. (The department also offers research and travel grants.) We encourage you to also apply for a CLA Continuing Student Scholarship. Students may be awarded a maximum of one departmental scholarship and one CLA scholarship.

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 English Major Scholarship Application by March 15, 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 awards 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: To be considered for this scholarship, complete the Hawkins section of the English Major Scholarship Application: provide the names of two English faculty members who have agreed to recommend you and upload one paper written for an English class. 

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. Awards 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: To be considered for this scholarship, complete the Atkinson section of the English Major Scholarship Application: submit a 2-3 sentence statement explaining the extraordinary demands in your life that have taken time away from your academic pursuits. 

Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarships in Creative Writing

This scholarship recognizes English majors who demonstrate promise in creative writing with a $1,000 award. 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: To be considered for this scholarship, complete the Phelan section of the English Major Scholarship Application: provide the names of two instructors who have agreed to recommend you, and upload a sample of your creative writing (6-8 pages of poetry or 15-20 pages of fiction or literary nonfiction).

More English Scholarships

To be considered for all of the scholarships below, complete the English Major Scholarship Application by March 15, 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 an award 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 an award 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.