Department of English at Winthrop - Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards

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 - 245 KB).  
  2. The application and any supporting documents should be e-mailed to english@winthrop.edu by the first Friday in March.
  3. Any questions should be e-mailed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee.

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 J. Spratt and Sandra Hagler-White Scholarship is a renewable scholarship provided to students majoring in English. 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. To apply, students must complete the Hagler-White Scholarship Application Form (PDF - 244 KB). The J. Spratt and Sandra Hagler-White fund also provides support to English majors traveling to conferences, lectures, and seminars. Students seeking travel funding or reimbursement should fill out the Hagler-White Travel Support Application Form (PDF - 250 KB). Applications for the scholarship or travel funding are due to english@winthrop.edu by the first Friday in March.

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. Robert P. Lane Application Forms (PDF - 243 KB) are due to english@winthrop.edu 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 faculty confirmation form (PDF - 198 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 e-mailed to english@winthrop.edu by the first Friday in March.

Any questions should be e-mailed to the Scholarship and Awards Committee.

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 faculty confirmation form (PDF - 198 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 e-mailed to english@winthrop.edu 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: 1/25/21