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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Undergraduate Awards

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/awards/undergrad.htm


Application Procedures

Unless otherwise indicated, students must apply for awards using the Scholarship Finder interface at mnsu.academicworks.com/

Applicants may apply for all English awards for which they qualify. For students who apply for multiple awards, the Awards Committee will confer the highest-amount award that a student may be eligible to receive. 

Questions? 
Direct any questions about English department awards to elizabeth.williamsen@mnsu.edu, subject line English Awards. Please use your MSU e-mail account only.

Norman Adams

The award will be given to an undergraduate English major who demonstrates excellence in English language/literature studies. The 2017 award amount was $350. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be an undergraduate English major who will be a junior or senior during the next academic year and be able to demonstrate excellence in English language/literature studies.

To apply, the candidate must submit a letter of no more than two pages. In the letter, the candidate must discuss (a) his/her academic performance as an English major and (b) how the English major fits in with his/her career goals. The candidate also should include in the letter the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, tech id, and contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities.
 

Eddice B. Barber English Education Award

The award will be given to an undergraduate Communication Arts and Literature Education major who will student-teach during the upcoming Fall or Spring term. The 2016 award amount was $800. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be a junior or senior, majoring in Communication Arts and Literature Education, who will student-teach during the upcoming fall or spring term and have earned a GPA of at least 3.66 in English courses for the major.

To apply, the candidate must submit a letter of no more than two pages and an unofficial transcript. In the letter, the candidate must discuss (a) his/her academic and extracurricular accomplishments and other relevant qualifications and (b) provide a statement of purpose detailing his/her career aspirations and how the award would facilitate reaching them. The candidate also should include in the letter the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, tech id, and contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities.
 

Robert L. Carothers Award

This $500 award will be given to a faculty-nominated undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence in writing. In 2018 this award will be given to a student enrolled in a 200-, 300-, or 400-level course in the Communication Arts and Literature Education curriculum from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018. This is a faculty-nominated award. There is no application process for this award.
 

Jane F. Earley American Literature Scholarship

The Jane F. Earley American Literature Scholarship is awarded for excellent student work in American literature, based upon both work completed and the potential of work to come. The 2017 award amount was $2000.To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be a current major in English (any emphasis) who has not received this award in another year, and demonstrate excellent work in American literature as a writer of critical analysis and as a participant in scholarly events such as class activities and/or conferences.

To apply, the candidate must submit an academic paper of five to ten pages that demonstrates excellent critical analysis of American literature, and an application letter. In the letter, the student should describe his or her work in American literature, both as a writer of critical analysis and as a participant in scholarly events such as class activities and/or conferences. The candidate also should include in the letter the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, tech id, and contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities.
 

Film Studies Scholarship

The $1000 tuition scholarship will be given to a continuing undergraduate Film and Media Studies major or Film Studies minor (any major). To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be enrolled as a continuing undergraduate in either this major or minor and be able to demonstrate financial need.

The candidate will be evaluated on a two-page application letter and the demonstration of financial need. In the letter, the candidate should discuss either his or her interest in the major or how the minor contributes to the candidate's overall academic program. The candidate also should discuss how either the major or minor fits into career plans. To apply, the candidate must submit the two-page application letter and an unofficial transcript. The candidate also should include in the letter the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, tech id, and contact information for two references.
 

 Harold Fitterer Award 

This award will be given to the junior in Communication Arts and Literature Education with the highest GPA. The 2017 award amount was $1000. There is no application process for this award.
 

Dr. Ronald Gower Award

This $500 award is given to a student who contributes to the promotion and development of Creative Writing in the larger community. This is a faculty-nominated award. There is no application process for this award.
 

William A. Payne Memorial Endowment

The award is given in alternate years to a student in Music or English who demonstrates financial need and good character. The 2017 award went to a music major, and the 2018 award will go to an English major. The 2016 English award was for $900. If candidates have equal qualifications, preference is given to a student from a rural area. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be enrolled as a continuing undergraduate at MSU, and submit a 500-word application letter demonstrating financial need and good character. 
 

Brian Sether Memorial Scholarship

(Please check back for updates on this scholarship before applying.)

The Brian Sether Memorial Scholarship will be given to a faculty-nominated English, Speech, or Open Studies major with interdisciplinary and community interests who demonstrates financial need. The 2014 award amount was $300. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be a junior or senior majoring in English, Speech or Open Studies; demonstrate interdisciplinary and community interests; and demonstrate financial need.

To apply, a candidate must submit an unofficial transcript and a letter of no more than two pages. The letter should address (a) his/her interdisciplinary community interests and (b) provide a statement of her/her aspirations and how the award would facilitate reaching them. The candidate also should include in the letter the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, and tech id.

In addition, the candidate must be nominated by any MSU faculty member in a written letter of support. The faculty letter should address how the candidate embodies the qualities remembered best about Brian Sether. Brian's performance in class demonstrated his passion for literature. He was a risk-taker. This was obvious by the way he lived and by the way he expressed his thoughts in discussion and in creative and analytical writing. He challenged himself and those around him to think. He had a natural aptitude for writing and is remembered for his poetry. Like so many students, Brian was always struggling and worked a variety of jobs to get by financially. But perhaps most compelling were Brian's gentleness, his intelligence, and his sense of humor.
 

Marcia Thompson Award

The award will be given to an accomplished student pursuing a career in Communication Arts and Literature Education. It is intended to recognize the student's commitment to teaching and current accomplishments (e.g. academic, educational, volunteer service) while assisting the student in completing his or her studies in a timely and cost-effective manner. The 2016 award amount was $500. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be majoring in Communication Arts and Literature Education and have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

To apply, the candidate must submit an unofficial transcript and a letter of application of no more than two pages. In the letter, the candidate must discuss (a) his/her academic and extracurricular achievements and (b) his/her career aspirations and how the award would facilitate reaching them. The candidate also should include in the letter the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, tech id, and contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities.
 

Robert C. Wright Award

Three awards will be given to undergraduate and graduate students whose writing samples are judged to be the best by a nationally-recognized outside writer. The 2018 award amounts are yet to be determined.  Winners will apply prize money toward college expenses in one or more semesters following the award. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be a continuing undergraduate or graduate student in any major (enrolled during Spring 2018, and continuing into the 2018-2019 academic year). Previous first-place award winners are not eligible.

To apply, the candidate must submit 5-20 pages of imaginative writing, which may include more than one genre. Include name, home address, e-mail address, phone number, and name of award on the first page of your submission.  
 

Youel Award

The Youel Award recognizes a graduating English major with an outstanding undergraduate career, a student whose achievement predicts an outstanding future career. Successful candidates should have a record of both academic and non-academic accomplishments. The award recipient is free to use the award in any way he or she sees fit; however, the recipient is invited to consider using it for a life-enriching experience rather than a career-focused activity: travel, a workshop or class exploring some outside subject of special interest, or something that the receipient has always wanted to do. The 2017 Youel Award amount was $1500.

To apply, the candidate must submit an application letter of no more than two pages. In the letter, the candidate must discuss (a) his or her academic and extracurricular achievements and (b) what life-enriching experience he or she wishes to pursue with the help of this award. The candidate also should include in the letter the following information: the name of the award for which they are applying, their name, home address, e-mail address, tech id, and contact information for two references who can address the student's academic qualities