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Various funds exist to support the students and wide-ranging activities of the The Ohio State University Department of English. There are a variety of methods for making a gift to English department funds:

  • Online: Our safe, secure online giving site allows donors to search or browse through thousands of funds to quickly and easily make a gift. Make a one-time gift or pay an existing pledge.
  • Phone: Call 614-292-2141 and have your credit or debit card information ready, as well as the fund name and number.
  • Electronic funds transfer: To set up an electronic funds transfer, call 614-292-2141. This method of giving allows you to make a one-time or recurring gift without writing a check.
  • Payroll deduction: In addition to making one-time gifts via credit card or check, Ohio State employees may give to the university by setting up a payroll deduction. To do so, visit the Campus Campaign online website.

A note about security: Never email or fax your credit card information. Security standards at Ohio State require that you only submit credit card information through our secure online form or over the phone at 614-292-2141.


In the accordion for each fund displayed below, you will find a link to the Ohio State Giving website, where you can make your contribution through a secure, online connection.

Primary program funds

Friends of the English Department Fund
Fund number 307563

Contributions are used to support and enhance the activities the department sponsors for its faculty, students and staff. These activities — which might include holding a reception for a visiting scholar or purchasing tickets that allow English majors to attend a Shakespearean play — promote and enhance the academic programs and environment of the department. This is the department's primary general use fund.

The Creative Writing Program Fund
Fund number 312496

Program support for the Creative Writing Program in the English department. Funds can be used for any aspect of the Creative Writing Program, including visiting writers' workshops, prizes and awards, travel for MFA students, the Young Writers' Workshop and many other related programs.

Rhetoric and Composition Discretionary Fund
Fund number 307881

Used to support and enhance the activities of faculty and students in the Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy Studies program of the English department.

Project Narrative Fund
Fund number 312425

To support the Department of English's endeavor of Project Narrative, designed to capitalize on the unique strengths in area of narrative theory, used with research and teaching for conferences.

English Study Abroad Fund

Fund number 315433

Supports study abroad opportunities for students in the Department of English. Scholarships are awarded by the department chair or his/her designee in consultation with Student Financial Aid.

Lord Denney’s Players Support Fund

Fund Number 315596

Supports research-based student productions of Medieval and Renaissance dramatic works developed within the Department of English.

Named award funds

Stanley J. Kahrl English Graduate Student Support Fund
Fund number 307032

Contributions are used to support and enhance the activities the department sponsors for its graduate students. Funds can be used for any aspect of the graduate program, including visiting scholars’ workshops, prizes and awards, travel for graduate students and many other related programs.

The Rosemarie Sena Endowed Scholarship
Fund number 606467

Income provides an annual award of $500 to be used toward the tuition of a full-time undergraduate student majoring in English. The purpose is to reward and encourage undergraduate excellence in English studies.

David Citino Memorial Fund
Fund number 661060

Fund established in honor of Professor David Citino: Poet Laureate of the University, Exemplary Faculty Award Winner, Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winner and recipient of the 2004 Governor's Award for the Arts in Ohio. He served Ohio State from 1974 to 2005. Including but not limited to undergraduate and graduate scholarships and travel abroad experiences for students in the Department of English.

The Genevieve M. Critel Fund
Fund number 314097

Established in honor of Gen's longstanding commitment to teaching writing and her dedication to undergraduate student writers. The funds will be used to support undergraduate students in the first-year writing courses at The Ohio State University and to provide awards to students’ submissions in undergraduate writing journals.

Marlene B. Longenecker English Faculty Citizenship Award
Fund number 312659

Award established to honor longtime faculty member, former department chair and acknowledged “good citizen” of the English department upon her retirement. The fund is used for an annual award for one faculty member, selected by the chair, who embodies generosity and citizenship in the Department of English.

Valerie Lee Support Fund for English Graduate Students
Fund number 313111

Supports professional opportunities for English graduate students, including travel to conferences and research sites, fellowships, study-abroad programs and student-sponsored conferences.

The David Frantz Fund in English
Fund number 642290

Established to honor Professor David Frantz upon his retirement. Supports undergraduate studies, both student and faculty support, in the Department of English at The Ohio State University.

The Edward P.J. Corbett Fund
Fund number 641447

Established July 2, 1999, from his estate through The Foundation. Income supports graduates in the English department graduate program, specifically research for and the writing of their thesis or dissertation.

Kitty O. Locker Memorial Fund
Fund number 664030

Established to honor the memory of Kitty O. Locker, professor of rhetoric and composition at Ohio State for 20 years and recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award (1992) and Outstanding Teacher Award (1998). To support teaching awards and undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the Department of English in the area of business and professional writing.

Arnold Shapiro International Travel Fund 

Fund number 309620

Makes annual awards to English majors participating in Study Abroad Programs in Great Britain.


Everett Laybourne Scholarship Fund in English

Fund number 312088

Scholarship for Students Majoring in English Who also have an Interest in Writing