Department of English at Winthrop - Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards

Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowship

Application Deadlines:
For travel during Spring/Summer: Last Friday in October
For travel during Fall: First Friday in March

The Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowships for Study and Travel provide financial support for experiential study and travel opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in English. This support may be used only for independent study/research not part of an academic study abroad program at international institutions (such as the Oxford University Summer School in England or the Yeats Summer School in Ireland). One to four fellowships are awarded each year, depending on the amount of funding requested. Past recipients have used these fellowships, made possible by the generosity of the Hurley family, to conduct independent studies in England, Scotland, Ireland, France, China, and Spain.

Eligible students must be Winthrop University continuing English majors not graduating at the time of travel. To apply for the Geraldine Trammell Hurley Fellowships for Study and Travel, 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 customized 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 and other living expenses, and food).

Submit these items to:

Dr. Casey A. Cothran, Chair
Department of English
250 Bancroft Hall
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733
803/323-4573
 
As the endowment guidelines state, recipient selection and the number of recipients will be determined by the chair of the Department of English and by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Recipients will be notified by mid-March. Contact Dr. Casey A. Cothran, Chair, at 803-323-4573 if you have questions about the fellowships or the materials to be submitted.

Cynthia Furr & McAllister Furr-Price Scholarship

Application Deadline: First Friday in March

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-Price Scholarship Application Form (PDF - 119 KB).  
  2. The application and any supporting documents should be delivered to the Department of English Office, Bancroft 250, by the first Friday in March.
  3. Any questions should be addressed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Cynthia Macri.

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 Scholarship. The 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 (PDF - 119 KB) are due by the first Friday in March.

Annie Laurie Steppe Prize for Freshman Composition

At the request of the family of the late Annie Laurie Steppe, a fund was 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 award, will be awarded annually, provided that a meritorious essay is 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 Laurie Steppe Prize, students must follow the procedure below:

  1. Students should submit a clean copy of the paper with a title page that includes the author's name, the paper's title, the course, and professor's name, the date the paper was submitted, and the student's email address. 
  2. Remove all identification 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.
  3. Students must turn in with the paper a signed verification form (PDF - 188 KB) from the professor of the course confirming that the student wrote the paper for that professor's class and also that the professor offered no advice beyond that which would normally be given in helping a student for the class. 
  4. Students may submit only one paper to be evaluated.
  5. The essay and verification form 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. Cynthia Macri.

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

Submitted papers must have been written for an English class within the current academic year or the spring before the current academic year. 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).

  1. Students should submit a clean copy of the paper with a title page that includes the author's name, the paper's title, the course, and professor's name, the date the paper was submitted, and the student's email address. 
  2. Remove all identification 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.
  3. Students must turn in with the paper a signed verification form (PDF - 188 KB) from the professor of the course confirming that the student wrote the paper for that professor's class and also that the professor offered no advice beyond that which would normally be given in helping a student for the class. 
  4. Students may submit only one paper to be evaluated.
  5. The essay and verification form should be delivered to the Department of English Office, Bancroft 250, by the first Friday in March.

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

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

Last Updated: 6/17/19