Department of English Language and Literatures

Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships

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Departmental Scholarships

All English majors are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and 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 full-time tuition. Students are nominated by department faculty and selected by a faculty committee.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gary Pacernick Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing: Poetry
    Award varies from $400-$1000 for the academic year. Not a need-based scholarship, but the committee may consider need as a factor. Students receiving the scholarship for their junior year will be eligible to reapply for their senior year.
  • 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 Continuing Student Scholarship application and individual faculty recommendation to make this award.

Graduate Student Tuition Scholarships

Tuition scholarships may be awarded for any semester to persons who are interested in studying at Wright State University and who qualify for regular admission to the graduate program in English. These scholarships are competitive. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of English.


Graduate tuition scholarships in English cover full or partial tuition. Recipients who meet requirements are eligible to apply for a second year of support.


Recipients must be consistently enrolled, maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, and follow an advisor-approved program-of-study.

How to Apply

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships in English are awarded annually to superior students judged capable of effective teaching. Assistants are assigned teaching dutiestwo or three sections of freshman English (ENG 1100) during the two semesters of the regular academic year.


Teaching assistants receive a monthly stipend and full tuition waiver for fall and spring semester during the period of the assistantship. Summer semester tuition waivers may be available after a teaching assistant has completed two semesters.

Assistants fall under the provisions of the educational benefits policy which includes a fee waiver for total tuition. The Graduate School processes the fee waiver each term. Assistants must take a contractually required minimum of six hours (two courses) a semester.

Course Work Requirements

Assistants are required by contract to take a minimum of six hours of graduate course work during each of the two semesters in which they teach. (Note: regular progress toward degree completion will usually require students to take at least three classes during at least three of the four semesters of their program of study.) Teaching Assistants may not drop courses without permission of the dean of the Graduate School and may not include audits or undergraduate classes as part of their contractually required course work.

As part of their regular course load, graduate teaching assistants are required to take ENG 7200, a seminar on teaching college composition, during the fall semester of their first year. The three credits will count toward the M.A. degree.

Term of Service

Normally assistantships are awarded for a term of one year beginning in Fall Semester. This term may be renewed once, provided the student has at least one year's worth of course work remaining; thus most teaching assistants may be able to teach for four semesters.

How to Apply

Completed applications are due February 1 for first consideration.

New graduate teaching assistants are also required to take the Oral Proficiency (OPT) test or be screened for English proficiency prior to signing their assistantship agreement. Assistants who will teach English department courses must score 300 on this test and must have had extensive exposure to American English language and culture.


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