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Scholarships

Select Scholarship Application Form to download the form. Scholarship applications are due to the English Department Office on March 1.

 

Betts, Jane Colville -- English Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2011 in honor of UWEC English professor Jane Colville Betts, who taught creative writing, literature, and composition for 20 years. Dr. Betts lived in a time when her father was not unusual in saying, "Women don't need to go to college." After World War II, he changed his mind, and she had the great happiness of four years at Wilson College, a bachelor degree program for women in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed great help and attention from faculty. In her retirement, she has published a book of her poems to leave to her daughter and grandchildren and her husband and friends.

To be eligible for the Jane Colville Betts English Scholarship, the English-major applicant must:

  • Demonstrate an enthusiastic and mature grasp of the subject matter through their class work.
  • Have financial need verified by the Office of Financial Aid (Verification of Need form, available from the Office of Financial Aid, must accompany application).
  • Write a personal essay or a fictionalized short story or poem illustrating the motivation or inspiration for becoming an English major, and any difficulties that may have been encountered and surmounted on the way to becoming a college student. Examples, among many possible, include the life experiences of a single parent or a returning veteran.

Dougherty, Nan -- English Education
This scholarship was established in 2006 in honor of Nan Dougherty, who taught English at UWEC for nearly 20 years from 1967-1988. Mrs. Dougherty was a former president of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, and was well-known and beloved by her colleagues, friends, and former students.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in the Comprehensive or Standard English Teaching major and demonstrate intent to be an English teacher.
  • Have junior status as defined by the University (60-90 credits) in the fall when the award is received.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have financial need verified by the Office of Financial Aid (Verification of Need form, available from the Office of Financial Aid, must accompany application).


Gilbertson, Les -- Scholarship
This is the oldest scholarship currently available to English majors.

To be eligible for the Les Gilbertson Scholarship, the English-major applicant must:

  • Be a first-year student at the time of application (a sophomore at the time the award is received).
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Hochstein, Gloria -- English Student Opportunity Grant
This fund was established in 2007 by UWEC professor Gloria Hochstein to encourage English majors and minors to take advantage of value-added educational experiences in English-related activities in addition to their classroom experiences. Some examples of qualifying activities include, but are not limited to, the following: provide leadership for Sigma Tau Delta activities or English Fest, develop outreach programs to inspire young students to hone their writing and reading skills, engage in undergraduate research experiences, support research and writing leading to presentation or publication.

To be eligible for the Gloria Hochstein English Opportunity Scholarship, the English-major/minor applicant must:

  • Be an active member of the Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Applicants are encouraged but not required to apply for membership in the international Sigma Tau Delta organization.
  • Write a project proposal outlining a plan to enhance their education by pursuing an activity outside the classroom, justifying the need for project funding, and establishing a timeline for the project.
  • Among the students meeting the criteria, preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated financial need (Verification of Need form, available from the Office of Financial Aid, must accompany application).

 
Kirkwood Poetry Award
This award shall be given to a student who has been selected to have written the most outstanding poem submitted in traditional poetic form for that year. All English majors and minors and any UW-Eau Claire student who has submitted work to, or been published in, NOTA during the academic year for which the award is given may submit a poem.


Morris, Elizabeth G. -- Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1999 in honor of UWEC English professor Elizabeth Morris, who loved the English language – its words, grammar, and structure – every bit as much as its power to paint pictures, tell stories, communicate ideas. A devoted teacher and scholar herself, she believed that one of the most important challenges the university faced was not just to train teachers but to educate them in the disciplines they would be taking out into the schools of Wisconsin. In particular she wanted to know that those who taught the language she loved shared both her passion and her expertise, and to that end she directed her efforts for twenty-four years in the UWEC Department of English.

To be eligible for the Elizabeth G. Morris Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in the Comprehensive or Standard English Teaching Major and demonstrate intent to be an English teacher.
  • Have senior status as defined by the University (90+ credits) in the fall when the award is received.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Among the students meeting the above criteria, preference will be given to those students who demonstrate a broad range of interests in English.

 

Morris, John W. -- Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2003 in honor of UWEC English professor John W. Morris, an academic renaissance man, with undergraduate degrees in naval science and mathematics and graduate degrees in English. An inspiring teacher and skilled administrator for 32 years, Dr. Morris instilled in students his own love of learning along with his delight in language and literature. Firmly committed to the idea of service to his professions, he was influential in the early growth of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English and directly involved in the development of new programs at UWEC, from Nursing to Studies Abroad, Computer Science, and Philosophy and Religious Studies. To support his commitment to liberal education, the John W. Morris Scholarship is offered to an outstanding English student with a liberal arts focus.

To be eligible for the John W. Morris Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in any English major emphasis program except teaching.
  • Have junior status as defined by the University (60-90 credits) in the fall when the award is received.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Among the students meeting the above criteria, preference will be given to those students who demonstrate a broad range of interests in English and beyond.

 

Small, Clara B. -- Memorial English Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1982 by UWEC professors Nadine S. and Robert V. St. Louis to honor Nadine's mother, Clara B. Small, who though she never had the opportunity to finish high school, was a life-long learner and inspired her daughter to excel.

To be eligible for the Clara B. Small Memorial English Scholarship, the English-major applicant must:

  •  Be a non-traditional student, enrolled at least half-time.
  •  Have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

 

Swan, Maurice & Alma -- English Teacher Education Scholarship 
This scholarship was established in 2005 in honor of Maurice & Alma Swan, parents of the then-President of the UWEC Foundation, Carole Swan Halberg. The Swan's believed their daughter would be an English teacher and were surprised when she chose a different career path. The scholarship was established to attach Mr. and Mrs. Swan's names to the teaching profession and to demonstrate their high regard for public education.

To be eligible for the Maurice & Alma Swan English Teacher Education Scholarship, the applicant must:

  •  Be enrolled in the Comprehensive or Standard English Teaching major and demonstrate intent to be an English teacher.
  •  Be student teaching or preparing to student teach in a public school at the time of the award.
  •  Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  •  Among students meeting the above criteria, women and students with financial need will receive priority (Verification of Need form, available from the Office of Financial Aid, must accompany application).

 

 

 

 

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