AMHERST, Mass. - The department of English at the University of Massachusetts will host its first annual Awards Night Tues., May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Highlights will include the announcement of the establishment of the William M. Bulger Scholarship in English for undergraduate students and the presentation of awards and prizes to students, alumni, and colleagues.
Funded by an anonymous donor, the William M. Bulger Scholarship is named for the current president of the University who also was president of the Massachusetts Senate from 1978 to 1996. The naming of the scholarship recognizes Bulger’s lifelong devotion to educational opportunity for deserving young people, says Stephen R. Clingman, who chairs the department of English.
Bulger will present the scholarship to the first winner during the ceremony. The department will also make two special awards. Patricia Schneider, founder and director of Amherst Writers and Artists, will receive the Writing and Society Award, to be given annually to a member of the community whose work best exemplifies the department’s commitment to public service and literary values.
Bret Lott (MFA 1984) and author of, among other works, "Jewel," "The Man Who Owned Vermont," and "A Dream of Old Leaves," will be given the department’s Distinguished Graduate Award in recognition of his outstanding career in letters.