Undergraduate Scholarships, Grants and Awards

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The Department of English offers a wide variety of scholarships, grants and awards to recognize and support undergraduate students. For more information about each award and the application/nomination process, click on the links below.

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ESSAY AND PROJECT AWARDS

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This annual award is designed to recognize critical and scholarly writing by undergraduates enrolled in upper-level courses offered by the Department of English at The Ohio State University. The recipient of this award will receive an invitation to the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April and receives a $500 scholarship.


Eligibility

  • All critical or scholarly essays must come from a Department of English undergraduate course at the 3000-level or higher.
  • Submissions must come from courses taken in the past year: autumn 2019, summer 2019 or spring 2019.
  • Students must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at Ohio State during the semester in which the composition was completed.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and submit their essay as a Word document or PDF. Important note: Do not include your name, the professor’s name, the course title or course number in the paper/project document.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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The Genevieve M. Critel award for excellence in undergraduate composition honors outstanding writers and the compositions they create within English classes at Ohio State. Named posthumously for Dr. Genevieve Critel, whose dedication to undergraduate education and writing instruction was the basis for her scholarship and teaching, this award recognizes excellence in the areas of study in which Dr. Critel specialized: composition studies; digital media studies and digital literacy practices; professional and technical communication; and writing center theory and practice. The recipient of this award will receive an invitation to the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April and receives a $300 scholarship.

*Note that any group compositions will receive one $300 scholarship, which will be equally divided among the group's members.


Eligibility

  • All compositions must come from a Department of English undergraduate course (compositions of all types, from written essays to multimodal texts are welcome). 
  • Submissions must come from courses taken in the past year: autumn 2019, summer 2019 or spring 2019.
  • Students must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at Ohio State during the semester in which the composition was completed.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.
  • Students may only submit one composition.

Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and submit their composition as a Word document or PDF (if the composition is digital/multi-modal, upload a Word document or PDF with the link in it). Important note: Do not include your name, the professor’s name, the course title or the course number in the composition document.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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The Digital Media Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Work recognizes outstanding student digital media projects completed in undergraduate courses in the Department of English. Four Digital Media Prizes, each of which comes with a $100 scholarship, will be awarded at the departmental awards ceremony in April.


Eligibility

  • All submissions must come from a Department of English undergraduate course
  • Submissions must come from courses taken in the past year (Spring 2019 through Spring 2020)
  • Additionally, all work submitted must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Must be constructed from original materials
    • Must be constructed from materials for which permission has been granted
    • Must be constructed from materials that were used appropriately according to Creative Commons or similar licensing
    • Must be constructed from materials found in the public domain
    • Must be a clearly defined parody of an already existing text
    • Must be constructed from a combination of the above materials
    • Note: Any use of material created by others must explicitly acknowledge the source of the materials and conditions of its use (e.g., permission, license, fair use or public domain) in a manner appropriate to the medium (e.g., spoken credits at the end of an audio piece, on-screen credits at the end of a video piece).

Application requirements

Students must submit:

  • A project in a deliverable digital format (e.g. .jpg, .mp3, .mov, .html, .swf, URL, etc.)
  • A one-page cover letter explaining:
    • The course for which the assignment was completed
    • The assignment itself
    • How the project responds successfully to that assignment
  • An online application form

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Elizabeth Falter (.44).

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The Undergraduate Human Rights Award is given to the best academic paper or multi-modal project produced in a Department of English undergraduate course in the past year. Submissions should demonstrate a critical engagement with the literature, rhetoric, narrative, folklore, histories, laws and/or cultural practices of human rights. The award is open to projects that employ any critical or theoretical approach. The recipient of this award will receive an invitation to the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April and a $250 honorarium.

Eligibility

  • Papers/projects must come from a Department of English undergraduate course.
  • Submissions must come from courses taken in the past year: Autumn 2019, summer 2019 or spring 2019. 
  • Students must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at Ohio State during the semester in which the composition was completed.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and submit their paper or project as a Word document or PDF (if the project is digital/multi-modal, upload a Word doc or PDF with the link in it). Important note: Do not include your name, the professor’s name, the course title or the course number in the paper/project document.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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The Lord Denney’s Players Shakespeare Prizes recognize critical and scholarly writing by undergraduates enrolled in introductory and advanced Shakespeare courses in the English department. The recipients of these awards will receive invitations to the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April, and they will each receive a $200 scholarship.


Eligibility: Introductory Shakespeare Award

  • The critical or scholarly essay on Shakespeare must have been written for English 2220 or 2220H.
  • Submissions must come from courses taken in the past year: Autumn 2019, summer 2019 or spring 2019.
  • Students must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at Ohio State during the semester in which the composition was completed.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

Eligibility: Advanced Shakespeare Award

  • The critical or scholarly essay on Shakespeare must have been written for English 4520.01, 4520.02, 3398 or any other 3000-level-or-above English course.
  • Submissions must come from courses taken in the past year: Autumn 2019, summer 2019 or spring 2019.
  • Students must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at Ohio State during the semester in which the composition was completed.
  • All majors are welcome to apply.

Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and submit their essay as a Word document or PDF. Please be sure that your name is on the essay.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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Named in honor of Ohio State Emeritus English Professor David Frantz, this annual award recognizes the most outstanding thesis completed by an English major during the previous three semesters. The writer of the winning thesis is recognized at the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April and receives $500.

Selection process

The Undergraduate Studies Committee collects copies of all theses written by English majors during the previous three semesters. Copies are typically retrieved from the university's Knowledge Bank.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARDS

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This annual award is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in English studies at the undergraduate level. The recipient of this award will receive an invitation to the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April and receives a $500 scholarship.


Eligibility

Applicants must be English majors at The Ohio State University.


Application requirements

There are two elements of this application process:

  • Students must complete an online application form and include the following:
  1. A personal statement of approximately 750 words about your ambitions, plans, goals, background and any other information that you think would assist the committee in judging your application. Statements should remain anonymous, so please do not include your name in the document.
  2. A brief but full description of how you have been and are currently supporting your undergraduate education financially. Be as specific as possible. Statements should remain anonymous, so please do not include your name in the document. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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The Virginia Hull Diversity and Inclusion Award is given annually to an English major from an underrepresented Ohio State student population who contributes to the inclusive excellence of the university through academics and/or community impact. The recipient of this award will receive an invitation to the English department’s annual awards ceremony in April and a $2,000 scholarship. Generally, the award is paid out in two equal installments over the following two semesters.


Eligibility

This award is open to all underrepresented English majors who are not graduating in the semester in which the award is given.

'Underrepresented,' is, of course, a broad and shifting category; it includes, but is not restricted to, students of color, first-generation college students, students who have had to overcome severe social or economic disadvantages or those with a registered disability. Your application essay should explain how you contribute to the diversity of the English undergraduate community. The judges will take into consideration the overall makeup of the student community in deciding how best to enhance diversity through this award.


Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and submit an essay of no longer than 750 words explaining how your achievements and efforts qualify you for this award.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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The Denney Award is named in honor of Joseph Villiers Denney, who was a distinguished teacher, scholar and administrator at Ohio State during the early part of the twentieth century. This award recognizes the most outstanding senior English major scheduled to graduate during the current academic year. The winner of this $500 prize and all award nominees are recognized at the department's annual awards ceremony in April.

Selection process

Department of English faculty members nominate graduating senior English majors whom they feel are most deserving of this award. Letters (typically 2-3 pages) should provide detailed support for why the nominee deserves the award. Nomination letters should be submitted here.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).


About Joseph Denney

Joseph Denney was the first chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Literature, which later became the Department of English, and he served as dean of what was then known as the College of the Arts, Philosophy and Science from 1901-1921. Denney also was involved in establishing the undergraduate curriculum and the graduate school. The Department of English is still housed in Denney Hall today.

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CREATIVE WRITING AWARDS

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The 2019-2020 application deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.


The R.L. Stine Scholarship is a scholarship for Ohio State undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated a serious interest in Creative Writing. This $11,000 scholarship may be used for tuition and fees, room and board, and other educational expenses. The recipient of this award will also be recognized at the English Department’s annual awards ceremony in April.

This scholarship has been generously provided by author R.L. Stine, an Ohio State English alumnus (B.A. 1965) and award-winning author of children’s horror stories including the famous Goosebumps series. 


Eligibility

Applicants must be English majors who have completed at least one 4000-level creative writing workshop in the Ohio State Department of English. Preference will be given to students entering their junior or senior year who have demonstrated a serious interest in creative writing.


Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and upload a Word or pdf document containing the following:

  • A list of all creative writing courses taken at Ohio State.
  • A writing sample in the genre(s) of the student’s choice—poetry, fiction and/or creative nonfiction—of no fewer than 15 and no more than 40 pages.

All writing samples should remain anonymous, so please do not put your name on this document.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please email contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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This $100 award honors the best essay or nonfiction book chapter by an undergraduate student. 


Creative writing awards guidelines 

We do not accept paper submissions.  Please submit entries in Word format (.doc or .docx) to cwMFA@osu.edu. If you are unable to use Word, please send in PDF format. 

  • In the email message include the contest for which the submission is to be entered; your first and last name; your name.#; title of work in MLA format (for proper crediting); genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.); class rank (sophomore, MFA first year, etc.); major.
  • If you are entering more than one contest, please send a separate email for each contest entered.  If entering a contest for which multiple poems or stories are being considered together (i.e. up to ten poems, a collection of stories, a body of work), please combine all work into one PDF if possible.  In other words, do not attach ten separate files for ten separate poems that are being submitted to the same contest.
  • Do not put your name on the pages of your entries.
  • No story, poem or nonfiction piece may be entered in more than one contest. Only one submission per contest is permitted. Entrants must specify the contest for which they wish their work to be considered. You may enter as many contests as you like, as long as you submit different work to each. 
  • NOTE: Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate classes are not eligible for any of the undergraduate prizes but are eligible for prizes available to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • These contests are open only to Ohio State students enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please email cwMFA@osu.edu. or call 614-292-4363. 

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This award honors the best short story by an undergraduate. First place $600, second place $300, third place $150.


Creative writing awards guidelines 

We do not accept paper submissions.  Please submit entries in Word format (.doc or .docx) to cwMFA@osu.edu. If you are unable to use Word, please send in PDF format. 

  • In the email message include the contest for which the submission is to be entered; your first and last name; your name.#; title of work in MLA format (for proper crediting); genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.); class rank (sophomore, MFA first year, etc.); major.
  • If you are entering more than one contest, please send a separate email for each contest entered.  If entering a contest for which multiple poems or stories are being considered together (i.e. up to ten poems, a collection of stories, a body of work), please combine all work into one PDF if possible.  In other words, do not attach ten separate files for ten separate poems that are being submitted to the same contest.
  • Do not put your name on the pages of your entries.
  • No story, poem or nonfiction piece may be entered in more than one contest. Only one submission per contest is permitted. Entrants must specify the contest for which they wish their work to be considered. You may enter as many contests as you like, as long as you submit different work to each. 
  • NOTE: Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate classes are not eligible for any of the undergraduate prizes but are eligible for prizes available to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • These contests are open only to Ohio State students enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please email cwMFA@osu.edu. or call 614-292-4363. 

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This award honors the best piece of creative writing (any genre) by an undergraduate woman. First place $750, second place $350, third place $200. 


Creative writing awards guidelines 

We do not accept paper submissions.  Please submit entries in Word format (.doc or .docx) to cwMFA@osu.edu. If you are unable to use Word, please send in PDF format. 

  • In the email message include the contest for which the submission is to be entered; your first and last name; your name.#; title of work in MLA format (for proper crediting); genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.); class rank (sophomore, MFA first year, etc.); major.
  • If you are entering more than one contest, please send a separate email for each contest entered.  If entering a contest for which multiple poems or stories are being considered together (i.e. up to ten poems, a collection of stories, a body of work), please combine all work into one PDF if possible.  In other words, do not attach ten separate files for ten separate poems that are being submitted to the same contest.
  • Do not put your name on the pages of your entries.
  • No story, poem or nonfiction piece may be entered in more than one contest. Only one submission per contest is permitted. Entrants must specify the contest for which they wish their work to be considered. You may enter as many contests as you like, as long as you submit different work to each. 
  • NOTE: Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate classes are not eligible for any of the undergraduate prizes but are eligible for prizes available to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • These contests are open only to Ohio State students enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please email cwMFA@osu.edu. or call 614-292-4363. 

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This $1,500 award honors the best group of poems — not to exceed ten single-spaced pages — by any Ohio State English major. 


Creative writing awards guidelines 

We do not accept paper submissions.  Please submit entries in Word format (.doc or .docx) to cwMFA@osu.edu. If you are unable to use Word, please send in PDF format. 

  • In the email message include the contest for which the submission is to be entered; your first and last name; your name.#; title of work in MLA format (for proper crediting); genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.); class rank (sophomore, MFA first year, etc.); major.
  • If you are entering more than one contest, please send a separate email for each contest entered.  If entering a contest for which multiple poems or stories are being considered together (i.e. up to ten poems, a collection of stories, a body of work), please combine all work into one PDF if possible.  In other words, do not attach ten separate files for ten separate poems that are being submitted to the same contest.
  • Do not put your name on the pages of your entries.
  • No story, poem or nonfiction piece may be entered in more than one contest. Only one submission per contest is permitted. Entrants must specify the contest for which they wish their work to be considered. You may enter as many contests as you like, as long as you submit different work to each. 
  • NOTE: Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate classes are not eligible for any of the undergraduate prizes but are eligible for prizes available to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • These contests are open only to Ohio State students enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please email cwMFA@osu.edu. or call 614-292-4363. 

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This $100 award, also called the Arthur Rense Prize, honors the best poem or group of no more than three poems. Submissions are open to graduate and undergraduate students. 


Creative writing awards guidelines 

We do not accept paper submissions.  Please submit entries in Word format (.doc or .docx) to cwMFA@osu.edu. If you are unable to use Word, please send in PDF format. 

  • In the email message include the contest for which the submission is to be entered; your first and last name; your name.#; title of work in MLA format (for proper crediting); genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.); class rank (sophomore, MFA first year, etc.); major.
  • If you are entering more than one contest, please send a separate email for each contest entered.  If entering a contest for which multiple poems or stories are being considered together (i.e. up to ten poems, a collection of stories, a body of work), please combine all work into one PDF if possible.  In other words, do not attach ten separate files for ten separate poems that are being submitted to the same contest.
  • Do not put your name on the pages of your entries.
  • No story, poem or nonfiction piece may be entered in more than one contest. Only one submission per contest is permitted. Entrants must specify the contest for which they wish their work to be considered. You may enter as many contests as you like, as long as you submit different work to each. 
  • NOTE: Graduate students enrolled in undergraduate classes are not eligible for any of the undergraduate prizes but are eligible for prizes available to both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • These contests are open only to Ohio State students enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please email cwMFA@osu.edu. or call 614-292-4363. 

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PROFESSIONAL WRITING AWARD

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The Chen Ya and Siuha Anita Liu Award for Professional Writing supports a student minoring in professional writing and majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.


Application information

 


About the Liu family

Read more about the Liu siblings, their connection to Ohio State and their commitment to promoting writing and STEM field connections. 


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND STUDY ABROAD AWARDS

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Applications for this award are revised on a rolling basis


The English Undergraduate Studies Committee accepts applications on a rolling basis from undergraduate English majors who 1) Plan to work on a thesis project and who want funding to support their thesis work, or 2) Who need funding to enrich their undergraduate research experience, such as travel money to a research library or to present a paper at a conference. Students may apply for up to $1,000 to fund their projects.


Application requirements

To be considered for funding, students will need to submit the following materials:

  • A description of the proposed project and when it will be undertaken (500-word maximum). 
  • A detailed explanation as to why and for what the student is seeking funding, including an itemized list of proposed expenses. 
  • A statement of support from the student's thesis advisor or from a relevant faculty member who can speak to the value of the proposed undertaking to the student's program (1-page maximum). Applicants should request that their recommender submit their letter here.

These materials should be emailed as an attachment (Word document or PDF) with the subject line "Undergraduate Research and Thesis Grant application" to Dr. Katie Stanutz (stanutz.3@osu.edu).

Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis; please allow 28 days for the review of your application.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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The Arnold and Frances Shapiro International Scholarship was established by the late Arnie Shapiro, professor of English at The Ohio State University from 1962-1991, and his wife Fran to help English majors and minors study abroad through the department's study abroad programs. Individual awards are available up to $1,000.


Eligibility

  • Recipients must be current undergraduate students majoring in English or minoring in creative writing, critical and cultural theory, disability studies, English, medical humanities, popular culture and/or professional writing.
  • Recipients of the Shapiro International Scholarship must be participating in either English 4400: Literary Locations or the four-week English 4450: Literature and Culture of London summer program held during May.

Application requirements

Students must complete an online application form and include the following:

  • A one-page, single-spaced statement (Word document or PDF file) that explains a) Why their chosen study abroad program is important to them, b) How they expect to benefit from the experience, and c) How the award will help them financially afford to participate in the program. This statement will be uploaded with the online application form.
  • A letter of recommendation from one course instructor. Applicants should request that their recommender submit their letter here.

Review process

Applications will be evaluated on the strength of the statement (clarity, significance of the specific study-abroad program to the student’s academic and personal growth and financial need); letter of recommendation, and advising report. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the English department’s annual spring awards ceremony.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).

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EMERGENCY GRANT

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Applications for this award are accepted on a rolling basis


If you have an unexpected financial emergency, please apply for The Ohio State University Student Emergency Fund in the Student Advocacy Center. This fund offers financial assistance up to $1,000 to students who are at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies.

Additionally, the Department of English accepts applications on a rolling basis from meritorious undergraduate English majors who run up against an unanticipated, education-related expense. Students may apply for up to $1,500 to help them continue their enrollment at Ohio State. To be considered for funding, students will need to submit the following materials:

  • A description of the unanticipated, education-related expense (500-word maximum).
  • A detailed explanation as to why and for what the student is seeking funding, including an itemized list of proposed expenses.

Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis and is dependent on monies available; please allow ten days for the review of your application.


Questions?

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Dr. Katie Stanutz (.3).