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Larry Swain
Chair, Department of English
HS 333

English Department Scholarships

Application Process and Form

Students, if you wish to be considered for one of the following English Department scholarships, please print off and complete this form and submit it to English chair Larry Swain by February 15th. You will be considered for a scholarship that is appropriate for you, as determined by the scholarship description and the English Department faculty.

The value of a scholarship and its availability are subject to the viability of endowment funds. Scholarship recipients are announced around April 1. Scholarship funds are applied directly to a student’s tuition and loans.


Scholarship List

Dr. Ann Moore Flowers Scholarship

Student majoring in Creative & Professional Writing.

Elaine Hazard Scholarship

Sophomore, Junior, or Senior (next academic year) declared major in English with a concentration or emphasis in writing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Kathryn, Fred, and Mabel Hamm Scholarship

Sophomore, Junior, Senior (next academic year) in any major with minimum 3.5 GPA, financial need, who demonstrates a high level of reading and writing competence.  Applicants should exhibit leadership, a demonstrated commitment to learn, and a strong interest in securing a college education. Applicant should also be in need of additional financial need. There is a preference given to students who demonstrate a high level of reading and writing competence.

Margaret Shepard-Thorbeck Scholarship

Scholarship awarded to an outstanding English major.

Phillip Sauer Scholarship

Senior (next academic year) who is one of the top students in the English major.

Ruth Stenerson Scholarship

Junior (next academic year) English major with highest GPA.

Sadie Rosenthall Jackson Melby Scholarship

Major in English and/or Creative Writing, to help defray costs of tuition. Student(s) should be known to the selection committee to have a strong interest and talent in the field, and academic ability at a level that warrants scholarship support.

William D. Elliott Creative Writing Scholarship

Sophomore or Junior English majors; Senior English majors and first-year graduate students if they will be graduate students at Bemidji State the following year.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher in English is required. One or two $500 scholarship(s) will be awarded, which will be applied to the student(s) tuition and fees in the next academic year. The recipient(s) shall be recognized each year during English Week at a ceremony and reading sponsored by the College of Arts and Letter.

The deadline is announced each spring in classes and on Verb_L, a list-serv for English majors. Submit a letter of application verifying eligibility, along with a sample manuscript (typed: 1-12 poems or one short story or one creative non-fiction piece or one chapter of a novel or one screenplay or one act of a play). Deliver to: Dr. Carol Ann Russell or Hagg-Sauer Reception Desk.

This scholarship was established to recognize the contribution of Professor William D. Elliott, English Dept faculty member 1967-87, and founder of the Upper Midwest Writers Conference (1969). The award is made annually to recognize excellence in creative writing.