Scholarships

All English majors are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and WSU Continuing Student Scholarship application, in addition to submitting applications for department scholarships.

The Kathleen (Pfister) Dion Endowed Scholarship

Awarded for the student’s junior year and renewable for the senior year, the Dion Scholarship covers approximately half the cost of fulltime tuition.  Students are nominated by department faculty and selected by a faculty committee. To be eligible a student must

  • Have a GPA of 3.5  for all English core courses taken during the sophomore year, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time the award is granted
  • Be a junior English major during the first year of the award
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 in English major courses during the first year of the award, in order for the scholarship to be renewed including earning passing grades in ENG 3050 and ENG 3060.
  • Have a demonstrable passion for English, particularly for reading, which may be evidenced by such things as:  active participation in one or more English Department student organizations (English Club, Fogdog editorial staff, student NCTE, Pro/Tech Writing Clug) and/or department sponsored events; outstanding performance in courses in the English core.

English Department Senior Scholarships and Lucy Johnson Jones Scholarship in English

These scholarships are awarded for the students’ senior year and are not renewable. Funds for the Senior Scholarship funds are contributed annually by English Department faculty and staff, friends and alumni. The English Department Senior Scholarship is not need-based, but the selection committee may consider need as a factor.  The Jones L. Johnson Scholarship is endowed and is awarded alternately to an undergraduate senior or to a graduate student and preferences need. It may be combined with a Senior Scholarship. Awards vary from $500 to $2000. To be eligible a student must

  • Be a senior English major during the year of the award  (apply in spring semester of junior year)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5

Adam Cline Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing

Award varies. This scholarship is supported by contributions from English Department faculty and staff, friends and alumni. This scholarship is not need-based, but the selection committee may consider need as a factor.  Preference may be given to physically disabled students and/or to those writing from a socially aware perspective. To be eligible a student must

  • Be an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing
  • Have achieved junior status at time of the award (apply in spring semester of sophomore or junior year)
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Complete the Cline Memorial Scholarship application including sample work of creative writing. Deadline is March 28.

Gary Pacernick Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing: Poetry

Award varies from $400-$1000 for the academic year. Not a need-based scholarship, but committee may consider need as a factor. Students receiving the scholarship for their junior year will be eligible to reapply for their senior year.

 To be eligible a student must

  • Be a junior or senior English major during the year of the award, with a concentration in Creative Writing-Poetry (apply during sophomore or junior year)
  • Hold a minimum, overall GPA of 3.0 at the time the award is granted
  • Submit an application to the English Department consisting of the Pacernick Scholarship application cover sheet, three to five original poems, and two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from English Department faculty. Deadline is March 28.

Other

In recent years the department has been able to make a full-tuition completion scholarship available to a senior English major with demonstrated need, thanks to the generosity of an emeritus faculty member. The selection committee relies upon the WSU Continuing Student Scholarship application and individual faculty recommendation to make this award.