Various funds exist to support the activities of the English Department, and the activities of programs and areas associated with the English Department. There are a variety of methods for making a gift to English Department Funds.


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Funds and Programs that you can support...

The name of the fund below is directly linked to the OSU Giving website, where you can make your contribution through a secure, online connection. For assistance with making a contribution to an English Department fund, please contact John Swartz, Development Coordinator. 

Select the fund name below to visit the donation page for that fund.

Primary Program Funds

Friends of the English Department (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 (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 (307881)

Discretionary fund, used to support and enhance the activities of faculty and students in the Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies program of the English Department.

Literacy Studies Discretionary Fund (312419)

Used to support literacy seminars, working groups, conferences, travel, etc. for faculty within the university who are involved in literacy studies.

Project Narrative (312425)

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

Named Award Funds

Kitty O. Locker Memorial Fund (664030)

Established to honor the memory of Kitty O. Locker, English professor of Rhetoric and Composition at O.S.U. for 20 years. Outstanding Researcher Award, 1992; 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.

Stanley J. Kahrl English Graduate Student Support Fund (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 (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 (661060)

Fund established in honor of Professor David Citino, poet. He served O.S.U. from 1974-2005. 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. Not limited to but including Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships and Travel Abroad Experiences for Students in the English and Creative Writing Departments.

Genevieve Critel.The Genevieve M. Critel Fund (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.

Dr. Marlene B. Longenecker.Dr. Marlene B. Longenecker English Faculty Citizenship Award (312659)

Award established to honor longtime faculty member, former 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.Valerie Lee Support Fund for English Graduate Students (313111)

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


David Frantz.The David Frantz Fund English (480772)

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.


Edward P.J. Corbett.The Edward P.J. Corbett Fund (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.


For a complete list of available funds in the Department of English, type "Department of English" into the search box on the Ohio State Giving website.

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