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English Department Scholarships

 

The English department sponsors a number of scholarships for it's students. Applications for these awards are accepted--and winners are announced--each Spring semester; the scholarships are then awarded the following Fall semester. To be eligible to win one of these scholarships, applicants must be active students and meet that scholarship's eligibility requirements during the semester the money will be awarded. The application deadline for all scholarship applications is listed on the right-hand side of this page.

For more information about each scholarship--including scholarship availability, eligibility requirements, and application instructions--please click on the appropriate link below:

 

The English department also hosts the Dominic J. Bazzanella Writing Competition each Spring semester, where undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit their best poetry, critical analysis, short fiction, or creative nonfiction for the chance to win cash prizes and publication. Click the link below for more details:

 

John F. Wilhelm Memorial Scholarship

Professor John F. Wilhemlm was a professor in the English department for over thrity years. This scholarship was established to commemorate Professor Wilhelm's dedication to teaching and his deep interest in educating future teachers. The scholarship is designed to recognize and encourage a senior English major who plans to teach English and/or American Studies at the high school or community college level.

Availability

Applications are being accepted for this award Spring 2014.

Award

$300

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.3 in major coursework
  • must be undergraduate English or American Studies majors with a minimum of 90 units completed toward graduation (senior standing)
  • must be enrolled at least half-time (6+ units)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Calaveras 103 by the department deadline:

  • English department Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  • Wilhelm Memorial Scholarship Application Form
  • A double-spaced statement of purpose describing candidate's career objectives and reasons for choosing teaching as a profession
  • at least two (but no more than four) recommendation letters from CSUS English professors
  • a brief resume outlining accomplishments at CSUS; relevant activities and services to the English department, classmates, and community; and any work in progress
  • official transcripts for all college coursework
  • a list of any coursework in progress

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Katherine Hohlwein Poetry Award of Merit

The purpose of this award is to honor Professor Kathryn Hohlwein's distinguished 30-year teaching career at Sacramento State and to encourage students in their poetry writing.

Availability

Applications are not being accepted for this award Spring 2014.

Award

$400 toward tuition

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates, 2.5 for unclassified graduate students, and 3.0 for classified graduate students
  • must be English majors or minors or be enrolled in an English graduate program
  • must be enrolled as full-time students (12+ units for undergraduates or 8+ units for graduates) for the current academic year (previous Fall semester and current Spring semester)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Calaveras 103 by the department deadline:

  • English department Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  • Two copies of three poems representative of the poet's body of work must be submitted. Each copy may not exceed five pages.
  • Poems submitted may not have been previous winners of any other English department literary contest.
  • Entries must be typed in a standard font on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper. There shall be no form restrictions.
    • In order to maintain anonymity, do not include your name on poem pages.
  • Each entry must have a cover page with the name, address, phone number, and social security number of the poet and the name or first line of the poem(s).

No discrimination shall be made on the basis of sex of ethnicity.

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Karen Lee Warmdahl Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Karen Lee Warmdahl's family in memory of their daughter, a former Sacramento State English major who "had a great love of words" and pursued a career in publishing and writing before her untimely death. The scholarship is intended to "recognize and encourage an English major who shows special talent in creative writing, poetry, and/or literature."

Availability

Applications are not being accepted for this award Spring 2014.

Award

$500

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • must be undergraduate English majors with a minimum of 90 units completed toward graduation (senior standing)
  • must be enrolled at least half time (6+ units)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Calaveras 103 by the department deadline:

  • English department Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  • a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages) including at least two pieces of prose and/or poetry
  • a one-page statement explaining "why the student has choosen English as his or her major and how the applicant hopes to use the English degree once he or she graduates"
  • two letters of recommendation from Sacramento State English professors
  • official transcripts for all college coursework

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Elizabeth Keith Olmstead Memorial Scholarship

Professor Robert Olmstead and his wife have created this scholarship in memory of Professor Olmstead's mother, former librarian of Wellesley College, collector of books, and lover of reading. It is intended to recognize an outstanding English major who has demonstrated a special talent in the study of literature.

Availability

Applications are not being accepted for this award Spring 2014.

Award

$2,000 ($1,000 per semester for two semesters)

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5
    • The award winner must maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA to receive the award for the second semester.
  • must be undergraduate English majors with a minimum of 90 units completed toward graduation (senior standing)
  • must be enrolled full time (12+ units)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Calaveras 103 by the department deadline:

  • English department Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  • a statement of purpose of no more than 500 words
  • two letters of recommendation from Sacramento State professors
  • official transcripts for all college coursework
  • a self-addressed, 8 ½" by 11" envelope

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Literary Insight Award

"The Literary Insight Award is designed to encourage students to explore literature in translation in the hope they might discover the extraordinary richness of literature written in another country and in another time. It invites them to discover how, despite historical and cultural differences, such literature addresses enduring questions that remain a part of our contemporary human condition."

Availability

Applications are being accepted for this award Spring 2014.

Award

$350 for first place and $150 for honorable mention to be used toward tuition

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students
  • must be junior or senior English majors or minors; or must be enrolled in an English graduate program
  • must be enrolled full time (12+ units for undergraduates or 8+ units for graduates)

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Calaveras 103 by the department deadline:

  • English department Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  • Literary Insight Award application form
  • A 1,200-1,500 word essay on one of the following novels:
    • Homer: Iliad (Classical Greece)
    • Cervantes: Don Quixote (Spain)
    • de Lafayette: The Princess of Cleves (France)
    • Goethe: Faust (Germany)
    • Stendhal: The Red and the Black (France)
    • Turgenev: Fathers and Sons (Russia)
    • Dostoevsky: The Idiot or The Brothers Karamazov (Russia)
    • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina or The Death of Ivan Ilych (Russia)
    • Gide: The lmmoralist (France)
    • Proust: Swan's Way (France)
    • Kafka: The Trial or The Castle or The Metamorphosis (Czechoslovakia)
    • Mann: Death in Venice (Germany)
    • Hesse: Steppenwolf (Germany)
    • Unamuno: Saint Manuel El Bueno (Spain)
    • Kazantzakis: The Last Temptation of Christ (Greece)
    • Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Columbia)
    • Solzhenitsen: The First Circle (Russia)
    • Kundera: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Czechoslovakia)

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Patrick Michael Ewing Memorial Scholarship

The Patrick Michael Ewing Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Patrick Ewing, a 2007 graduate of the Masters in English program at Sacramento State. Patrick went on to teach at a community college and UC Santa Barbara while pursuing a Ph. D. Patrick had planned to complete his doctoral work and teach at UC Davis at the time of his passing in August of 2012.

Availability

Applications are being accepted for this award Spring 2014.

Award

One $2,500 scholarship awarded annually.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be enrolled, full-time, graduate level student in the English MA program
  • must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0

Please note:

  • Scholarship may be renewable for up to two additional years; thus, fellowship winners may reapply in subsequent years. The student's application will be considered by the scholarship committee as part of the entire applicant pool.
  • Financial need will be strongly considered in awarding this fellowship.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Calaveras 103 by the department deadline:

  • English department Scholarship Applicant Information Form
  • a two-page (not to exceed 500 words) biographical statement in which the candidate describes his or her commitment to graduate study in English and any obstacles (including financial hardship) he or she has overcome in order to pursue his/her studies
  • a one-page statement of financial need (not to exceed 250 words)
  • two letters of recommendation from Sacramento State English department faculty in signed and sealed envelopes
  • official transcripts of all graduate-level coursework

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Bazzanella Literary Awards

The English department has hosted the Dominic J. Bazzanella Writing Competition each Spring semester since 1981. Each year, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit their best poetry, critical analysis, short fiction, and/or creative nonfiction for the chance to win cash prizes and publication.

Availability

This competition is held each year during Spring semester.

Award

The competition will be separated between graduate and undergraduate students as determined by their Spring semester class standing. The first place graduate and undergraduate winners in each category will be awarded $200. The second place graduate and undergraduate winners in each category will win $100. All winning entries will be published in the Bazzanella Literary Awards Book, to be handed out at the awards ceremony.

The awards committee reserves the right to not award all prizes in all categories.

Eligibility

All students currently enrolled at Sacramento State (not including audited courses) are eligible to enter.

Submission Guidelines

The competition is divided into four categories:

  • Critical Analysis: Restricted to essays which analyze a work of art, such as novels, poetry, essays, film, music, or some other aesthetic medium. Essays not analyzing an art work should be submitted under the creative nonfiction category. 5,000 words maximum, non including bibliography or footnotes.
  • Creative Nonfiction: 5,000 words maximum.
  • Poetry: 1 poem only. Submissions of "prose poetry" or "flash fiction" may be entered in one category only.
  • Short Fiction: 6,000 words maximum.

Submitted manuscripts must be original work by the author and may not have been published or won a prize in a previous literary contest. Students may enter more than one category, but may submit only one entry per category. The coordinator reserves the right to change to a different category an entry which, in his opinion, has been submitted incorrectly. Manuscripts which exceed the maximum length for the category will not be submitted to the judges.

Students must submit four things with each entry (students submitting entries in more than one category must submit a separate packet for each):

  • a manuscript which conforms to the following formatting guidelines:
    • typed
    • double-spaced
    • 1" margins
    • 12pt. Times New Roman font
    • title at the top of the first page
    • does NOT include the author's name
    • pages numbered
    • stapled
  • an information sheet with the following information:
    • full name
    • address
    • telephone number
    • email address
    • Social Security Number (must be included to receive award)
    • graduate or undergraduate level
    • title of manuscript
    • category
    • the file format used to save the manuscript
  • a manila envelope with the following information written on the front:
    • title of the manuscript
    • category
    • graduate or undergraduate level
  • a flash drive or CD-ROM with a digital copy of your entry (preferably saved as a Word document)

Seal the information sheet and flash drive inside the envelope, then paper clip the manuscript to the front of the envelope. Submit the whole packet to the English department office (CLV 103) by the submission deadline. Late entries will NOT be accepted.

Please Note

  • There is a separate judge for each of the four categories. These judges are not currently working as staff or faculty at Sacramento State.
  • The judges' decisions are final.
  • Winners will be notified by phone, and the results will be announced publicly after all winners have been contacted.
  • We will publish the first and second place graduate and undergraduate winning entries in the Bazzanella Awards booklet. If you do not want your entry published, you should not enter this contest.
  • Flash drives and CD-ROMs will be available for contestants to pick up after winners have been announced. They will be kept in CLV 103 until the following September, and then discarded.

Questions?

If you have further questions regarding the Bazzanella Literary Awards, please contact Dr. Kim Zarins (zarins@csus.edu).

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