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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

English Scholarships & Prizes:

The English Department awards several scholarships each spring to recognize exceptional achievements of English majors. These include the Cleo Zoukis Ploussious Scholarship, the Frank Prentice Rand Scholarship, the Mary McGarry Morris and Margaret C. Chiriaco Scholarship, the Mason & Susan Lowance Scholarship, and the General John A. and Evangeline W. Maginnis Scholarship. There are also many opportunities for English majors to receive scholarships through the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA) and the University.

In past semesters, English majors have received such prestigious awards as the 21st Century Leaders Award, given in recognition of exemplary achievement and strong leadership qualities; the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit and extracurricular achievements; and the William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program, for students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and unique skills in the areas of art, athletics, research or service to the community. To see a complete list of scholarships and for more information, go to http://www.umass.edu/hfa/students/scholarships.html.

 


 

2014 English Department Scholarships

DEADLINE:MONDAY MARCH 17, 2014

Awards made on the basis of exceptional scholarship and financial need. Applicants should be English majors in their junior year with a GPA of 3.5 and above. Award amounts vary and are credited to a student's bill. Applications can be found on the English Department website or in the Undergraduate English Office, 252 Bartlett Hall. Completed applications must be turned into the Undergraduate English Office.


Cleo Zoukis Ploussious Scholarship (Preference given to female students)

Frank Prentice Rand Scholarship

Mary McGarry Morris and Margaret C. Chiriaco Scholarship

General John A. and Evangeline W. Maginnis Scholarship


Spring 2014 Scholarship Application
Entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate English Office no later than MONDAY MARCH 17, 2014 .




2014 English Department Essay Contests


DEADLINE:MONDAY MARCH 17, 2014

All entries must have originated in English Department courses during the Spring 2013, Fall 2013, or current (Spring 2014) semester, but essays may be revised. Contests are open to English majors only. All entries must have a cover sheet, which can be found on the English Department website or in the Undergraduate English Office, 252 Bartlett Hall.

Important note: If you are applying for more than 1 essay prize, you MUST submit a different essay for each competition, and please, no multiple entries per prize. Thanks and good luck!

The Charles A. Peters Award
Awarded for the best essay on English literature written between 1558 and 1667; essay must be at least 2,500 words long.

The Sanderson Prize
Awarded for the best essay on any subject. There is no restriction or requirement for essay length.

The Steinbugler Prize

Awarded for the best essay on any subject by a woman English major. There is no restriction or requirement for essay length.

Spring 2014 Essay Application
Entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate English Office no later than MONDAY MARCH 17, 2014 .




Scholarships Offered Through The College of Humanities and Fine Arts:


The William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program

The William F. Field Alumni Scholars Program was established in 1976 to recognize and honor 60 third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program is named in honor of William F. Field, the University's first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student. The Field Scholars Program is funded through the generous support of UMass Amherst alumni. Awards are $750. Prospective Field Scholars are identified by the Registrar's Office and recommended to the Dean by Departments. There is no student-initiated application process.

Eligibility requirements : Nominees must have a minimum of sixty (60) graded hours in residence at UMass Amherst (transfer credits are excluded) and have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

College of Humanities & Fine Arts Scholarships

CHFA Scholarships are awarded to students based on academic merit and extracurricular achievements. They are made possible by the generous contributions of many alumni. Awards range between $500 and $2,500, with an average scholarship of $1,000.

Eligibility requirements : Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior of first semester senior; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; and have declared their major in a College of Humanities and Fine Arts department.


The Class of 1945 Merit Scholarship

The Class of 1945 Scholarship was established in 1997 and is supported by class members' generous contributions. The award is approximately $700.

Eligibility requirements : Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior of first semester senior; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; and have declared their major in a College of Humanities and Fine Arts department. Preference will be given to students who are members of the Marching Band.


The Henry and Jean Hall Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship

The generosity of Henry and Jean Hall led to establishment of this scholarship, which is an expression of their interest in and affection for UMass Amherst. The award is approximately $1,500.

Eligibility requirements : Applicants must be a current sophomore, junior of first semester senior; have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average; have declared their major in a College of Humanities and Fine Arts department; and have demonstrated financial need.


The Class of 1976 Humanities Scholarship for Graduate Study

The Class of 1976 Humanities Scholarship was created during its Tenth Reunion Fund Drive (1985-1986) and established in 1989. It is applied toward the tuition of a student who will continue his or her education as a Graduate Degree candidate in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The award is approximately $1,500.

Eligibility requirements : Applicants must be a graduating senior in good academic standing who will begin work toward a graduate degree a College of Humanities and Fine Arts department. Award recipients are required to provide evidence of an accepted offer of admission.