English Department Scholarship Application

English Department Scholarship Application

The English Department offers five scholarships described below. Please read the descriptions and application instructions carefully. For all scholarships, a college transcript (if available) and a letter of recommendation are required. Additional requirements may include an essay, a writing sample, and/or letters of support, and these additional requirements vary for each scholarship.

The first documents you will be asked to submit are:
• a college transcript (entering freshman may apply without a transcript), and
• a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

You may apply for more than one English Department Scholarship, however, you need only submit (attach) one college transcript and one instructor recommendation. Once you have attached the required transcript and recommendation letter, you will select the scholarship (or scholarships) you wish to apply for and upload the required writing and support documents.
After reading the descriptions below, proceed to the next page to apply.

1)

English Department Scholarship
The English Department scholarship is funded by contributions made by the English Department faculty and staff, and is open to students pursuing any area of study (an English major or minor is not required). Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in Language Arts courses such as English Composition, Literature, Speech and Communications, Foreign Language, and Philosophy, with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.3 GPA in English and Language Arts coursework. Applicants must also demonstrate involvement in extra-curricular activities.
Required Application Materials:
• A One-Two Page Cover Letter: 12-point type, double-spaced. Summarize your eligibility for this scholarship. Include your educational history and goals, coursework in English and Language Arts, and involvement in extra-curricular activities.

• A Writing Sample: Submit an essay, a research paper, or a writing project completed for a college level class, no more than 12 pages in length.

2)
The Barb and Helen Scholarship
The Barb LaBelle and Helen Beuker Scholarship for Women’s Studies (Gender Studies) and Literature honors two English Department colleagues and friends for their passion for literature, their commitment to theater, and the advancement of women in education. Applicants must demonstrate interest and/or coursework in one or more of the following areas: Women’s/Gender Studies, Literature and/or Drama as Literature, Writing and/or publication (including journalism), Involvement in theater, and/or Involvement in women’s organizations.
Required Application Materials:
• An Essay of 500-1000 Words: 12-point type, double-spaced. Describe your interests, educational goals, and involvement in one or more of the required areas: women’s/gender studies, literature, drama as literature, writing and/or publication, theater, and women’s organizations.

• GPA Requirement: Minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

3)
Creative Writing Scholarship
Creative Writing Scholarships are awarded based on quality of writing and demonstrated interest in the field of creative writing. Accepted writing samples include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, and hybrid or cross-genre forms. Grade point average is not a determining factor in the selection process.
Required Application Materials:
• A One-Two Page Cover Letter: 12-point type, doubled spaced. Summarize your eligibility for this scholarship. Include your writing history, interests, and goals.

• A Writing Sample of up to 10 pages: Single-space poetry with one poem per page; double-space fiction, creative nonfiction, or any other prose forms; use standard left-aligned format for playscripts and screenplays.

4)
Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship
Elva VanHaitsma taught at GRCC in the English Department for 30 years. She inspired her students through her love of poetry and literature. This scholarship is meant to support students who intend to complete a Bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, and/or Writing. Applicants must demonstrate academic ability and a commitment to completing a Bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, and/or Writing.
Required Application Materials:
• A One-Two Page Cover Letter: 12-point type, double spaced. Summarize your eligibility for this scholarship. Include related coursework, experiences, and your commitment to completing a Bachelor’s degree.

• A Writing Sample: of up to (3) original poems, a short story, a literary critique, or a research paper on a literary topic.

5)
Dr. Phillip Sigal Peace and Justice Memorial Scholarship
The Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship recognizes leadership and/or volunteerism in areas of the environment, housing, feeding and caring for the poor and the elderly, racism, multi-culturalism, inter-faith dialogue, international understanding, or other worthy peace and justice causes. Applicants must demonstrate involvement in one (or more) areas and provide documentation from supervisors and/or peace and justice related organizations impacted by your time, efforts, and/or work.
Required Application Materials:
• An Essay of 500-1000 Words: 12-point type, double spaced. Describe your interest in and efforts on behalf of peace and justice causes and/or organizations. The essay should address the nature of your work and time and efforts given toward completing the work.

• One to Three Letters of Support: from Supervisors and/or Peace and Justice organizations impacted by your work.

• GPA Requirement: Minimum overall 2.5 GPA.

Before applying for an English Department Scholarship, applicants must complete a General Application. Students wishing to be considered for ONLY the English Department Scholarship only need to complete the required questions marked with an asterisk on the General Application Section. The English Department does not read or consider any additional information or essays that appear within the General Application.

Award
Varies
Deadline
11/10/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. Attach transcripts for any college you have attended (entering freshman may apply without a transcript)
  2. I understand that I must meet the GPA requirement for each scholarship to which I apply. If my GPA does not meet the minimum GPA requirement when the Fall semester GPA is calculated (after the end of the Fall semester), any GPA-dependent scholarship award and/or scholarship funds applied to my student account will be withdrawn.
  3. Please upload a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member.
  4. English Department Scholarship
    • Attach a One-Two Page Cover Letter: 12-point type, double-spaced. Summarize your eligibility for this scholarship. Include your educational history and goals, coursework in English and Language Arts, and involvement in extra-curricular activities.
    • Attach a Writing Sample: Submit an essay, a research paper, or a writing project completed for a college level class, no more than 12 pages in length.
  5. The Barb and Helen Scholarship
    • Attach an Essay of 500-1000 Words: 12-point type, double-spaced. Describe your interests, educational goals, and involvement in one or more of the required areas: women’s/gender studies, literature, drama as literature, writing and/or publication, theater, and women’s organizations.
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