English

Scholarship Opportunities

A variety of scholarship opportunities are available to English students with outstanding academic achievement or financial need. EWU offers scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The deadline for 2020-21 scholarships is February 1, 2020.

UndergraduateGraduateDegree-Specific

Undergraduate Scholarships

This scholarship is for upcoming seniors and is open to all English majors (Literary Studies, English Secondary Education, Creative Writing, Journalism, Humanities, Technical Communication). In 2017 the amount awarded was $1420; in 2018, $1420; and in 2019, $1450.

Required Materials
  • An application letter
  • An updated résumé
  • A statement of 1000 words (maximum) that explains your interest in English
  • Two (no more, no less) confidential letters of recommendation from EWU faculty members

This scholarship is for upcoming seniors and is open to all English majors (Literary Studies, English Secondary Education, Creative Writing, Journalism, Humanities, Technical Communication). In addition to academic merit, the Kleiner Scholarship considers financial need. In 2017 in the amount awarded was $480; in 2018, $550; and in 2019 $630.

Required Materials
  • A letter of application
  • An updated résumé
  • A statement of 1000 words (maximum) that explains your interest in English
  • A completed copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at EWU’s Financial Aid Office
  • Two (no more, no less) confidential letters of recommendation from EWU faculty members

This scholarship is awarded specifically to an upcoming senior who is a female English major in either Literary Studies or English Secondary Education. In addition to academic merit, the Colton-Huston Scholarship considers financial need. The scholarship is based upon current tuition rates. Based on tuition, the scholarship is awarded per quarter. Once awarded, this scholarship can be renewed for a total of three consecutive quarters. Thus, in 2016 two recipients received $6430 each; in 2017, based on partial need, only $1400 was awarded; in 2018 $$860 was awarded.

Required Materials
  • An application letter that identifies and discusses the following items:
    • The applicant’s area of interest and reasons for interest
    • The courses to be taken
    • Why the degree is desired
    • The role of the degree in the applicant’s future
    • Why the scholarship is needed
  • A 2,000- to 3,000-word critical essay written for one of the applicant’s junior-level literature classes that provides clear evidence that the applicant is both a good writer and a thoughtful and critical reader
  • A completed copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at EWU’s Financial Aid Office
  • A minimum of two recent letters of recommendation from English professors that address the applicant’s reasoning, writing, and reading abilities and the candidate’s ability to successfully complete the degree.

If no applicant meets the criteria, no award will be granted.

This scholarship s awarded either to an upcoming junior or senior majoring in Journalism. In 2017 the amount awarded was $745; in 2018, $400; and in 2019, $790.

Required Materials
  • An application letter
  • An updated résumé
  • A statement of 1000 words (maximum) that explains your interest in journalism

The English Department offers four scholarships specifically for majors. These awards are for upcoming juniors or seniors (depending on the scholarship) with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. One condition of the scholarships is that the student recipient will remain enrolled at EWU full-time as an English major during the period of the award. To apply,

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) if you’d like your financial need to be considered.
  2. Fill out the EWU General Scholarship Application.
  3. Send your additional English Department scholarship application materials (listed under each scholarship) to Dr. Ian Green, Patterson 203H, Cheney, WA 99004. Please identify clearly within your letter of application which scholarship(s) you are applying for. As long as all of the criteria for each respective scholarship is met, you may apply for more than one.

The deadline for all materials is February 1, 2020. Please be aware that if you wish your financial need to be considered, you will need to complete the FAFSA, available at EWU’s Financial Aid Office, two weeks prior to this deadline to allow time for the form to be processed.

Graduate Scholarship

  1. A senior pursuing an undergraduate English degree, or a recent graduate with an English degree.
  2. A grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0.
  3. A letter of application that identifies and discusses the following items:
    1. The applicant’s literary area of interest (author, period. movement) and reasons for interest. Please specify American or British literature as focus.
    2. The courses to be taken.
    3. Why the M.A. degree in English (Literature) is desired.
    4. The degree’s role in the applicant’s future.
    5. Why the scholarship is needed.
  4. A 2,000-3,000 word critical essay analyzing a work of, or a theme used by, a major figure in British literature (from Chaucer to the present) or American literature (19th and 20th centuries). The essay can, and probably should, be a revised work from an earlier course. The essay needs to provide clear evidence that the applicant is both a good writer and a thoughtful and critical reader.
  5. A demonstration of need, using EWU’s criteria for identifying need: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A completed FAFSA will need to be on file at EWU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office by Feb. 1, 2020.
  6. A minimum of two recent letters of recommendation from English professors from any higher education institution. If a recent graduate, letters can be provided by a professional who worked with the applicant, and should contain information about applicant’s writing, reading, and analytic abilities, as well as applicant’s ability to complete the degree successfully.

Once awarded, this scholarship can be renewed for a total of three consecutive quarters. This renewal is dependent upon successful completion of the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in the MA English and Writing Program
  • Grades between 3.5 and 4.0 in the previous quarter
  • Letters from current professors to the chair of the English Scholarship Committee stating that the candidate is making progress towards the degree.

First, complete the General EWU Scholarship Application. Please mail the additional application materials described above to:

Dr. Ian Green
English Department Scholarship Committee Chair
Department of English
Patterson Hall 203H
Cheney, WA 99004

Questions concerning the scholarship application process can be emailed to igreen4@ewu.edu.

The Colton-Huston Graduate scholarship is a needs-based scholarship for female graduate students intent on pursuing the M.A. in English and Writing at EWU; both need and scholarly accomplishment are required, but need is primary. The scholarship will only be awarded if both the need and scholarship criteria are met. One award will be granted per year The Colton-Huston Graduate Scholarship covers EWU’s in-state tuition rate for full-time graduate students. Depending upon availability of funds, the scholarship covers EWU’s in-state tuition rate for full-time graduate students, $4,040 per quarter, $12,381 per year.

Degree Specific Scholarships

The Poetry Foundation offers multiple scholarships. To see current offerings, visit the Poetry Foundation Awards website.

The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. MWA presents two scholarships for up to $500 each. To apply, visit the scholarship website.

Creative writing students in either the undergraduate or graduate program may also apply for outside scholarships, such as the Poetry Foundation scholarships and the Helen McCloy scholarship.