Scholarship & Fund Information | Department of English


Scholarship & Fund Information

Departmental Awards/Funds

  • English Department Enrichment Fund: The Enrichment Fund is a general fund that has some latitude in its usage.  With this fund the Department can sponsor student travel, awards, and host events such as visiting speakers and receptions.
  • English Excellence Award: The English Excellence Award fund, established in 2023, was created with the intention of awarding undergraduate English Majors for excellence in the classroom and to the greater UNCG community. This fund can be used at the discretion of the English Department to give an award to a student who has shown academic excellence, great financial need, or as recognition of a student’s promise.
  • English Department Scholarship Fund: Established in 1982, this fund may be awarded to any student in the English Program that the faculty of the Department deems deserving. It may be based on financial need or academic promise.
  • Sigma Tau Delta Fund: The Marilyn and John Lauritzen Sigma Tau Delta Endowment Fund was created from the proceeds of gift given by Marilyn and John Lauritzen. The program was endowed in the English Dept. of the College of Arts & Sciences with the following stipulations: Proceeds used to support and underwrite the scholarly pursuits of the UNCG chapter is Sigma Tau Delta, an international honor society.

Undergraduate Awards

  • Ethel Stephens Arnett Scholarship Fund: The Arnett Scholarship was established in 1981 by Georgia Arnett Bonds and Dorothy Arnett Dixon in honor of their mother, a Greensboro historian and author. It is awarded each year to a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in History or English. Merit, with a 3.0 overall academic average, is a major consideration.
  • Ruth McKaughan & W. Bryan Carter Scholarship Fund: The Carter scholarship, established in 1990, is the department’s most prestigious scholarship. It is awarded annually to promising female English majors who are enrolled full-time, residents of North Carolina, have evidence of academic promise, do not possess a campus parking sticker, and demonstrate financial need.
  • The Amy M. Charles Memorial Scholarship: The Amy M. Charles Memorial Scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of Dr. Charles’ parents, Harry Howard Charles and Marie Berbach Charles. Dr. Charles spent nearly 30 years as a Professor of English. It is awarded based on merit to a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in English. Consideration may be given to financial need.
  •  Mrs. Alexander B. Dusenbury Scholarship: Established in 1983 to honor UNCG graduate Margaret Windsor Dusenbury and her husband, Alexander B. Dusenbury. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Business or English. (It alternates annually between the two departments.) The award is based on financial need, academic achievement, and promise of leadership.
  • Elizabeth Robinson Fort Scholarship: Katherine Robinson Everett, Class of 1913, established this fund in 1983, as a memorial to her sister. It is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the English Department based on academic promise or ability.
  • Leonard B. Hurley Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1961, this memorial fund was established by friends of Dr. Leonard B. Hurley, who for 39 years was a member of the University faculty and for 16 of those was head of the English Department. It is awarded annually to a senior majoring in English.
  • Emmet J. & Clara C. King Scholarship Fund: Established by Robert W. Keefe in 2006 in honor of his late wife Clara Delores King and her desire to honor her parents, Emmett J. and Clara C. King. The Emmett J. and Clara C. King Scholarship is awarded based on financial need to a junior or senior majoring in English. Recipients must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in English and at least a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
  • Martha E. Winfield Scholarship Fund: Created by Dr. Martha Elizabeth Winfield, a Professor of English at the University for many years, this scholarship is awarded based on financial need annually to a junior or senior majoring in English.

Graduate Awards

  • James Evans Graduate Service Award: A UNCG professor from 1971 until 2016, Jim Evans taught and wrote about eighteenth-century British literature. UNCG’s English Department will make an annual award to a PhD or MA student who, since November 1st of the previous year, has distinguished himself or herself through service to the English graduate student body and the Department. The work recognized by the Award must show commitment to both fostering a dynamic English graduate student community and to superior integration of this community into the life of the Department. Such work might include a wide range of activities, from various kinds of EGSA leadership to organizing conferences, workshops, and similar professional events to working with individual faculty and with faculty committees to strengthen the ties between students and the professoriate to assisting the Department and its members with advertising and ensuring the success of visits by guest speakers, and so forth.
  • Keith Cushman Graduate Prize for Scholarly Publications: Keith Cushman was a professor at UNCG from 1976 through the spring semester of 2014. He was a leading American D. H. Lawrence scholar. Depending on the availability of funds, the Department will make, by the end of each fall semester, an award to a graduate student whose scholarly article has been published or has been accepted for publication in a well- established, peer-reviewed journal between October 1st of the previous year and October 1st of the current year. Preference will be given to articles coming out in academic journals available not only online but also in print.
  • Hephizibah Roskelly Pedagogical Innovation Award: The award honors the spirit of teaching innovation embodied by Hephzibah Roskelly, who retired from UNCG in 2016. The purpose of these awards is to provide instructors with opportunities to pursue experimental pedagogical strategies in English 101, to strengthen the culture of pedagogical innovation in the College Writing Program, and to support the ongoing professional development of instructors in the program. Proposed pedagogical innovations may focus on any area of the English 101 course, including assignments, curriculum, and grading strategies, course structure.
  • Mary Ellis Gibson Award for Transnational or Postcolonial Scholarship: A prolific and much-admired scholar in Victorian studies and Anglo-Indian literature, and the recipient of numerous grants and honors, Mary Ellis Gibson, the Elizabeth Rosenthal Professor of English, taught at UNCG between 1980 and 2013. The department offers this award for a PhD or MA student whose research is published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or influential public forum during the academic year the award is offered. Priority will be given to publications that reach across traditional scholarly or intellectual boundaries, typically emphasizing transnational and/or postcolonial concerns.
  • Cloninger-Stout Family Scholarship: The Cloninger-Stout Family Scholarship, established in 2007, honors the memory of Helen Boren Cloninger Kiser, who attended UNCG. Preference will be given to a graduate student in English, although undergraduate students majoring in English may also be considered. Consideration is given to financial need.
  • Jean Gagen Award: Established in 1996 in memory of Dr. Jean Gagen who served as a member of the English Department faculty from 1954-1966. This award is given to a female Graduate student based on Academic achievement.
  • Mildred Kates Dissertation Award: Established in 1995 by Dr. Carolyn Brown Kates ’91 in honor and recognition of her grandmother, Mildred Kates. This award is to assist a doctoral student in the English Department in the completion of his/her dissertation. The award may be used to cover expenses of the dissertation itself or to defray living expenses, tuition, or other costs that the student encounters, and is awarded at the discretion of the Head of the Department.
  • William G. and Kate H. Lane Fellowship in English: Established in 1990 by Dr. William Lane, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the English Department, and his wife to encourage and advance the study of English Literature. Awarded annually to a graduate student in English, preference in awarding this Fellowship is given to students having a special interest in 19th-century British Literature.
  • Julia Mae Rogers Fowler and Margareta Eugenia Horjea Feather Fund for Graduate Study: Established in 2019 by Dr. Jennifer Feather and Rev. Audra Abt, this scholarship supports summer study for graduate students in the Department of English.
  • Russ McDonald Renaissance Literature Endowment: Established in 2001, this fund honors the work of UNC Greensboro English Department professor, Dr. Russ McDonald. This fund supports study and research activities in Renaissance Literature within the Department of English.

MFA Awards

  • MFA Enrichment Fund: The Enrichment Fund is a general fund that has some latitude in its usage. With this fund the MFA/Creative Writing Program can sponsor student travel, awards, and host events such as visiting speakers and receptions.
  • Fred Chappell Creative Writing Fellowship Endowment Fund:  Established in 2000 to honor Fred Chappell, award winning Faculty member for 26 years, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, and author of over 30 books.  This fellowship is intended to provide the support needed to free students from teaching and other service, allowing time and creative freedom to produce their best work.
  • Jackson-Loving-Gibson Endowed Fund: Grave Evelyn Loving Gibson, Class of 1940, established this fund. It provides awards to students majoring in English who are talented writers and desire to pursue careers in writing. The Creative Writing faculty of the English Department chooses recipients.
  • Randall Jarrell Creative Writing Scholarship Fund: Established in 1971 to honor Randall Jarrell, poet, critic, and for nineteen years a faculty member of the UNCG Department of English.  This scholarship is awarded annually to one or two students (either incoming or continuing) of the MFA Program. The selection is based on merit and academic promise, and the recipients are selected by the Department head and MFA Faculty.
  • Nancy and David McAllister Master of Fine Arts Scholarship in Creative Writing: Awarded to students enrolled full time in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
  • Jim Clark Graduate Fund in Creative Writing: Established in 2015, the Jim Clark Graduate Fund honors long-time MFA Director, Jim Clark. This award is used to support the MFA program through scholarships, graduate student travel, conference, Special events, or any other efforts that enhance the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.  Recipients are selected by the Program Director in consultation with the MFA Faculty.
  • Kathy W. Phipps Graduate Award Fund: Awarded based on financial need to talented students pursuing a graduate degree within the Creative Writing Program.
  • Amon Liner Poetry Award: Established in 1976 by Dr. E.D. Shackelford this award is given annually to a student-poet who has had a poem selected for print by The Greensboro Review.
  • Doris Betts Creative Writing Fund: Established by University Alum Dr. Doris Betts, this fund can be awarded to prospective students who are committed to careers in creative writing. Students who are candidates for admission to the graduate program in Creative Writing may apply for assistance from the Doris Betts Creative Writing Graduate Award Fund.
  • Matthew E. Russ And Ann Fitzmaurice-Russ Scholarship: Awarded to undergraduate students majoring Psychology, Sociology, and Jazz Studies in the Music School, and to graduate students in the Creative Writing Program in the English Department. Scholarship will rotate among these departments, so that each department makes awards once every four years.
  • Wendy and Joe Pan Greensboro Review Endowment Fund: This fund was established exists so that students interested in the literary arts might be granted the opportunity to join The Greensboro Review as interns, and perhaps like Joe Pan cultivate their love for the written word into futures as writers, editors, educators, and readers.