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Scholarships

The Department of English offers several scholarships for students, the details of which are listed below. Interested applicants are encouraged to speak with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Director of Graduate Studies about the details of particular scholarship programs.

Download a copy of the Department of English Scholarship Application.

Awards in-state tuition and fees to one sophomore, junior, or senior English major who has both a demonstrated financial need and has a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applicants need not be in-state students, but must have completed 36 hours at ECU by the end of the fall semester. The amount of the award is generally $1,500. Students are notified about this scholarship opportunity, and a recipient is selected in the spring semester for the following academic year. The application process usually includes: 1) cover letter from the applicant; 2) a completed scholarship application form (available in the English Department office); 3) documentation of financial need (tax returns from the applicant and/or parents or guardians is usually sufficient); 4) an interview with the Student Services and Scholarships committee.

The David Sanders English Scholars Endowment was been established for Honors English Students. The first Sanders scholarship will be awarded in Fall 2016.

For more information on the Debbi O'Neal Award, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

The Pat and Lynn Lane Scholarship is a four-year $20,000 scholarship awarded to deserving students pursuing a degree in education in the College of Education at East Carolina University. More information is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/lanescholars/index.cfm.

James and Connie Maynard and the College of Education established the Maynard Scholarship at East Carolina University on May 31, 2006. This four-year $20,000 scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/maynardscholars/index.cfm.

Named in honor of a former faculty member of the English Department, the contest was established by Paul and Marie Farr before Paul's death in 1976. The contest encourages excellence in undergraduate expository writing, particularly emphasizing clarity and elegance in prose. Essays from both English and Women's Studies courses are eligible. The amount of the award is generally $100. Essays written during the current academic year are submitted by instructors. They are considered anonymously by the Student Services and Scholarships committee. A recipient of the award is selected in the spring semester.

This scholarship is named for Russell Christman, an English Department instructor who was killed in a car accident in 1976. The scholarship was established by his parents, and is given to the junior English major who most typifies Russ’ spirit: vivacious, caring, energetic, and involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Academic merit is a factor in choosing the recipient, but character is given greater weight. The amount of the award is generally $500. Students are nominated by instructors in the English Department, and a recipient is selected in the spring semester for the following academic year. Eligible applicants must have completed 36 hours at ECU by the end of the fall semester. The application process for nominees includes: 1) cover letter from the nominee; 2) a completed scholarship application form (available in the English Department office); 3) a resume; 4) an interview with the Student Services and Scholarships Committee.

Awarded to a junior English major with a GPA of at least 3.5 who has completed at least 36 hours at ECU by the end of the fall semester, and who exhibits potential in the field of English. The award is for $500, paid in two installments of $250. Students are notified about this scholarship opportunity, and a recipient is selected in the spring semester for the following academic year. The application process includes: 1) cover letter from the applicant; 2) a completed scholarship application form 3) a resume; 4) a one-page type-written statement of goals as an English major.

This scholarship goes to a deserving graduate student. Students can contact the Director of Graduate Studies for full details.