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Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 6, 2015

The Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowships for Study and Travel provide financial support for academic study and travel opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in English. These opportunities may include support for study abroad at international institutions (such as the Oxford University Summer School in England or the Yeats Summer School in Ireland) or support for independent student research. One to four fellowships are awarded each year, depending on the amount of funding requested by the fellowship recipient(s). Students have used these fellowships, made possible by the generosity of the Hurley family, to study in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Spain, as well as to travel widely in Europe and the United States.

To apply for the Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowships for Study and Travel, you must be a Winthrop University continuing English major (students graduating in May are ineligible), and you must submit the following information by the deadline:

  • A cover sheet with your name, telephone number, mailing address, email address, and one or two sentences summarizing your plans for the fellowship;
  • A one-page explanation/justification of the academic study and travel opportunity you wish to pursue; and
  • An estimated budget, showing how much money you will need (including such items as transportation, accommodations, tuition, books, and food).

Submit these items to:

Dr. Robert G. Prickett, Acting Chair
Department of English
250 Bancroft Hall
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-2171
 
As the endowment guidelines state, recipient selection and the number of recipients will be determined by the chair of the English Department and by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients will be notified by mid-March. Contact Dr. Robert Prickett, acting chair, at 803-323-2171 if you have questions about the fellowships or the materials to be submitted.  

Cynthia Furr & McAllister Furr Price Scholarship: Application Deadline March 6, 2015

This fund was established to honor the memory of our dear colleague Dr. Cynthia Furr and her daughter McAllister and will help continue Dr. Furr’s devotion to the advancement of English education students.  Every April, the scholarship will be awarded to an English education major who demonstrates both academic promise and financial need. 

1.       Interested students must complete the Furr Scholarship Application Form found on the College of Arts and Sciences Student Affairs web site.  

2.       The application and any supporting documents should be delivered to the Department of English Office, Bancroft 250, by March 15.

3.       Any questions should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Macri (macric@winthrop.edu or 803-323-4562).

Other Scholarships

Students in the Department of English may also be eligible to receive the J. Spratt and Sandra Hagler White Scholarship and the Robert P. Lane ScholarshipThe White Scholarship was established by J. Spratt and Sandra Hagler-White (class of 1963); this renewable scholarship is provided to students majoring in English and for student and faculty travel to conferences, lectures, and seminars. Eligible upperclassmen should have a GPA of 3.0 or better, and freshmen should have earned a minimum 1,000 on the SAT or graduated in the top 20th percentile of their high school class. The Lane Scholarship was established by the family of Robert P. Lane in memory of the distinguished chair of Winthrop's Department of English to provide funds to rising junior or senior students majoring in English with preference given to those who plan to pursue English at the graduate level and pursue a career in teaching college. Applications for both of these scholarships are due by March 6, 2015.

Annie Laurie Steppe Award in Freshman Composition

At the request of the family of the late Annie Laurie Steppe, a fund has been established to award annually a prize for excellence in composition completed during the freshman year. This prize will be awarded to a continuing student at Winthrop University. The prize-winning essay must include borrowed material and must be a revised version of any essay written in WRIT 101 if the course for which the essay was written was taken in the student’s freshman year.

The prize, accompanied by a $100 cash award, will be awarded annually, provided that a meritorious essay was submitted to the committee. If no essay meets the standards set by the committee, the prize will not be awarded. Composition Committee members will assess the essays and identify a winner.

To apply for the Annie Laurel Steppe Prize, students must adhere to the following procedure:

  1. Students should submit a clean copy of the paper with a title page that includes the student’s name, the paper’s title, the course, and professor’s name, the date the paper was submitted, and the student’s email address. The student must remove his or her name from the header of the paper; the title of the paper should appear on the first page of the paper itself and will serve as identification.
  2. Each student must turn in with the paper a signed verification form from her or his professor confirming that the student wrote the paper for her or his class and also that the professor offered no advice beyond that which he or she would normally give in helping a student for his or her class. 
  3. Students may submit only one paper to be evaluated.
  4. The application and any supporting documents should be delivered to the Department of English Office, Bancroft 250, by the first Friday in March.
Any questions should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Macri (macric@winthrop.edu or 803-323-4562).

 

William A. Sullivan Undergraduate & Graduate Writing Award

The Sullivan Award was established to recognize excellence in academic writing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Composition Committee members will assess the essays and identify winners. The prize, accompanied by a $100 cash award, will be awarded annually, provided that a meritorious essay was submitted to the committee. If no essay meets the standards set by the committee, the prize will not be awarded.

  1. Submitted papers must have been written for an English class within the current academic year or the spring before the current academic year. 
  2. Papers may be in any of the fields of study in English but may not be creative writing (stories, poems, plays, experiential essays, or creative non-fiction).
  3. Students should submit a clean copy of the paper with a title page that includes the student’s name, the title of the paper, the course and professor, the date the paper was submitted, and the student’s email address. The student must remove his or her name from the header of the paper; the title of the paper should appear on the first page of the paper itself and will serve as identification.
  4. Students may submit only one paper to be evaluated.

Each student must turn in with the paper a signed verification statement from her or his professor confirming that the student wrote the paper for her or his class and also that the professor offered no advice beyond that which he or she would normally give in helping a student for his or her class. For more information about these awards, please contact Dr. Robert G. Prickett, Acting Chair.

Read more about scholarships in the College of Arts and Sciences.

If you are an English Education major, you may be interested in scholarships offered through the College of Education.