Zafris Awarded R.L. Stine Scholarship

September 7, 2015
Sam Zafris

Sam Zafris has been awarded the inaugural R.L. Stine Scholarship. Generously provided by author R.L. Stine, an Ohio State English alumnus (BA, 1965) and award-winning author of children’s horror stories, this $11,000 tuition scholarship supports English majors who have demonstrated a serious interest in Creative Writing.

An honors English major, Zafris (BA, 2016) has taken upper- and graduate-level creative writing workshops with Ohio State English Professors Andrew Hudgins (poetry), Kathy Fagan-Grandinetti (poetry), Angus Fletcher (screenwriting), and Lee Martin (fiction). Currently, Zafris is working on a creative writing thesis under Professor Hudgins's direction and completing an upper-level seminar on literary translation with Visiting English Professor Lina Ferreira. This past summer, Zafris conducted thesis-related research in Paris and several other European cities with the help of an International Research Grant from the Ohio State College of Arts & Sciences.

Beyond the classroom, Zafris serves as a Social Media Intern with the Department of English and as a Marketing Intern with the Longview Barbershop. He also has worked as a Resident Advisor with The Kenyon Review's Young Writers Program. 

The R.L. Stine Scholarship will be offered annually from 2016 - 2020. For more information about this scholarship, including application requirements, visit

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