Language Die Out Essay Scholarships

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Big Money Scholarships

These scholarships all offer $10,000 or more.

Cameron Impact Scholarship

Scholarships for students with high academic achievement who have a stated goal of public service and/or demonstrated active participation in community service.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000 per year (intended to cover tuition, fees, course related expenses, books, supplies and equipment)
  • Deadline: September 15, May 15 (two application cycles per year)

Live Mas Scholarship

Scholarships open to all students, ages 16-24, currently enrolled or enrolling in an accredited post-high school program. To apply, create and submit a video (two minutes or less in length) that tells the story of your life’s passion.

  • Amount: Up to $25,000
  • Deadline: May 2018

Davidson Fellowship

Scholarships for students with a project in the STEM or humanities fields that have the potential to make a positive contribution to society.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Deadline: February 8

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship Program

Scholarships for students who demonstrate an active leadership role in community service, athletics, etc.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Deadline: December 15

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarships for high-achieving students that require financial aid.

  • Amount: Up to $40,000 per year (renewable)
  • Deadline: December 1

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

Scholarships focused on leadership and need.

  • Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Deadline: November 30

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

Individuals or teams research and develop projects in Math, Science, and Technology fields and compete for large scholarship awards.

  • Amount: $100,000 grand prize, $50,000 second place, all other finalists receive $25,000
  • Deadline: September 19

The Scholarship Program

For highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education. Must have significant financial need, academic promise, as well as determination and perseverance. Must attend a partner college.

  • Amount: Can cover up to 100% of tuition fees and books at partner colleges
  • Deadline: March 8

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Contest

Submit a video that describes how you want to make an impact with your degree — also have to throw a football as a finalist.

  • Amount: $100,000 (grand prize), also $20,000 runner up prizes and $2,500 consolation prizes
  • Deadline: October 19

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Write a no more than 1,200-word essay using one of the three prompts given on the website.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: May 10

Voice of America Scholarship

Applicants must write or record an essay on an annual patriotic theme.

  • Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Deadline: November 1

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Scholarships based on students’ capacity to lead, succeed in school, and make an impact on their schools and communities.

  • Amount: $20,000
  • Deadline: October 31

AXA Achievement Scholarship

Demonstrate long-term achievement outside the classroom like a project at school, in their community, etc.

  • Amount: Up to $25,000
  • Deadline: December 15

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Full-time students can spend their summer breaks working with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., doing meaningful work related to their major. Requires 3.0 GPA, 1000 SAT/21 ACT, and sufficient financial need.

  • Amount: Salary up to $38,701 and tuition assistance up to $18,000
    Deadline: August 14

Last-Minute Scholarships

Students can apply to these even in July and August (or later!) for the coming academic year.

Once Upon a Poem Scholarship

Submit your own creative interpretation of a classic fairy tale for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 30

iVein Health and Wellness Scholarship

Write an 800- to 1,000-word essay about how to approach living a healthy lifestyle as a college student, and how to sustain healthy habits over a lifetime.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: August 31 for fall semester, December 31 for winter/spring

#MyFutureSelfie Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Envision yourself as a future business owner and snap a selfie of what you think that would look like. Post the selfie to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn with the hashtag #MyFutureSelfie to be considered for a $10,000 scholarship.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: September 4

Olshan Foundation Scholarship

Write a 500-word essay describing your motivation to pursue a degree in your chosen field of study, and submit a 30-second video describing your essay. Requires a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 12

Redfin Scholarship

Write a 300- to 500-word essay describing how the community you grew up in influenced who you are today. Requires a minimum 3.5 GPA.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: July 31

Avomeen Science Student Award

Scholarship for college students pursuing a career in science. Complete the application form and write a 450-word essay describing the moment when you realized you wanted to pursue a scientific degree.

  • Amount: $1,000 grand prize, $500 second place
  • Deadline: August 31

Bud Siegfried Scholarship

Scholarship for currently enrolled college students pursuing a degree. To apply, write a 500- to 700-word essay about how injury attorneys can make a difference in the case of an accident, and a 400-word essay about an act of service you have performed in the last three weeks.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: July 31

Student Transportation Video Scholarship

Submit a two-to-four minute video that examines any aspect of transportation in the United States.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: August 15

Spokeo Connections Scholarship

Scholarship for students who write a 300-500 word essay on how they use the internet to strengthen communities or human connection.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: Fall 2017

AFSA Second Chance Scholarship

Students can take a quick quiz to be entered into a drawing for scholarships.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 30

Scholarships That Don’t Require You to Demonstrate Financial Need

Richard and Elizabeth Dean Scholarship

Scholarships based on academic merit, with an initial minimum GPA of 4.0 and renewal conditional upon maintenance of a 3.25 GPA.

  • Amount: $5,000 renewable each year for a total of $20,000
  • Deadline: February 10

DAR Scholarships for Political Science, History, Government and Economics

Scholarships for students interested in studying political science, history or economics.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: February 10

Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship

Write an essay describing contributions you have made to your community and how their goals are inspired by Anne Frank with a focus on commitment to social justice.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: March 17

Brower Youth Awards

Scholarships for outstanding leaders working to alleviate and find solutions to environmental problems.

  • Amount: $3,000, a professionally produced short film about their work from an Emmy award winning film crew, and flight and accommodations for a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Deadline: May 15

Helen Brett Scholarship

Scholarship for currently enrolled college students that are interested in exploring the study of exhibition management.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: June 1

Inverters R Us Power Scholarships

Write an essay answering the prompt: “How are DC to AC power inverters used in the world today?”

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 30

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award

Write an essay of 500 words or less about cyberbullying.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 30 Writing Contest

Write a 900-1,000 word essay on one of the topics provided on the site.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: September 1

Scholarships That Don’t Require an Essay

US Bank Scholarship

Students enter for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship.

  • Amount: $20,000
  • Deadline: October 27

Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Students submit an original design product to be considered for tuition awards and media recognition.

  • Amount: Up to $7,000
  • Deadline: July 15

“No Essay” Scholarship

Create an account with Niche for a chance to win a $2,000 scholarship.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Courageous Persuaders Scholarships

Make a 30-second TV commercial about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving. Grand prize winner will be seen on television.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: February 9

Disaster Preparation Scholarship

Students create a video that shows how proper planning for a hurricane or other flood disaster can be valuable.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: November 1

Young Arts Scholarship

Scholarships for student artists in film, design, music, dance, photography, visual arts, theater, and writing.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000 and a master class in your artistic discipline
  • Deadline: October 13

Student Transportation Video Contest

Students create an original two- to four-minute video examining any aspect of either of the two categories: general transportation or safety.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: August 15

AFSA Second Chance Scholarship

Students take a quick quiz to be entered into a drawing for scholarships.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 30

Stuck At Prom Scholarship Contest

Scholarship awarded to students who make the best prom-wear (suits, dresses, belts, corsages, etc.) out of duct tape.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000 to each individual entrant ($20,000 per couple)
  • Deadline: May 31

Parry and Pfau Left-Handed Scholarship

Students submit a one- to two-minute YouTube video on why it is better to left-handed than right-handed and will be judged on creativity, humor and overall quality. You do not have to be left-handed in order to apply for this award.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: July 31

Scholarships for Women

Beyoncé Formation Scholarship

Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year to encourage and support young women who are bold, creative, confident, and unafraid to think outside the box. For students attending Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

  • Amount: Up to cost of tuition
  • Deadline: May 12

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship

Scholarship for female students who have participated in a Distinguished Young Women program.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Continuous

Society for Women Engineers

Scholarships for women who plan to pursue a career in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science.

  • Amount: Range from $1,000 to $20,000
  • Deadline: February 15

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarships for women and minority students pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 4

BHW Scholarship

Scholarships for women who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: April 15

Advancement of Women in Sports and Entertainment Scholarship

Scholarships for women pursuing a degree in Communication Studies, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Studies or Journalism.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 15

Ford Empowering America Scholarship

Scholarships for a current college student who makes a short video profiling an influential or inspirational woman in their community.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: May 1

Women in Public Finance Scholarship

Scholarships for women who have an interest in public finance.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: July 14

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Support Awards

Scholarships for low-income women with children who are pursuing higher education or career training.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: August 1

Asian Women in Business Scholarship

Scholarships for Asian female undergrads who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service, or entrepreneurship.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: 2018

Women in Aviation Scholarships

Scholarships for members of the Women in Aviation association who have a passion for aviation.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: November 16

Scholarships for Artsy Kids

Houzz Scholarship Program

Scholarships for students enrolled in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture programs at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Amount: $2,500
  • Deadline: June 30

Gabriel Prize Competition

Students pursuing a career in architecture submit illustrations of personal work to the competition. Winners receive a three-month trip to France to study classical architecture and the landscape.

  • Amount: $20,000
  • Deadline: June 1

John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund

Scholarships for students who practice classical/traditional art in the mediums of painting, drawing from figure, landscape, and composition.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: February 1

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship

Scholars for female music students undertaking a degree in piano or voice.

  • Amount: $20,000
  • Deadline: February 10

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Scholarship for artists who paint or draw an entry that expresses patriotism.

  • Amount: Up to $21,000
  • Deadline: March 31

Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship Fund

For students pursuing a degree in a discipline related to the performing arts (e.g., music, dance, theater, etc.)

  • Amount: $10,000 (renewable)
  • Deadline: March 16

Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship

Scholarship for students planning to major in visual arts. To apply, submit a portfolio of three to six works of art/images on CD.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Kodak Student Scholarship Program

Submit a completed film that communicates a story or theme in some fashion. Submissions can be no longer than 30 minutes.

  • Amount: $5,000 scholarship tuition award + $5,000 KODAK motion picture grant
  • Deadline: May 18

Scholarships for Members of Ethnic Groups

APIASF/NASA Scholarship

Scholarship for an Asian/Pacific Islander student interested in studying engineering or computer science.

  • Amount: $2,900
  • Deadline: January 2018

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

Scholarships for students with at least 50% Asian/Pacific Islander ethnicity who are pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism, or mass communications.

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Adelante! Fund Scholarships

Multiple scholarships to inspire Latino students to graduate and lead, along with internships and leadership training.

  • Amount: Up to $3,000
  • Deadline: June 5

Carole Simpson Scholarship

Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: May 31

Davis Scholarship for Women in STEM

Scholarship to encourage minority female college students attending a UNCF member institution to pursue a career in the STEM fields.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: June 9, 2017

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship

Scholarships for Native American students attending non-tribal colleges.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: May 31

American Indian College Fund TCU Scholarship

Scholarships for Native American students attending a tribal college.

  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Deadline is decided by your college

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

Scholarships for students of African descent who have a passion for technology and plan to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, or select business programs.

  • Amount: $5,000 (renewable)
  • Deadline: April 15

Fontana Transport Scholars Program

Scholarships for low-income underrepresented and first-generation college prospects who are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help their family, community and themselves.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 15

HSF Scholarship

Scholarships for students of Hispanic heritage.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: April 6

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

Scholarship for African-American students with leadership ability and a desire to participate in community service.

  • Amount: Up to $8,200
  • Deadline: May 1

Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

Scholarship for Asian-American students interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 15

Walmart Foundation First-Generation Scholarship Program

Scholarship for first-generation college students attending one of 47 publicly supported HBCUs.

  • Amount: Up to $6,200
  • Deadline: June 4

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Scholarships for Hispanic youth who demonstrate leadership and dedication to service in their communities.

  • Amount: Up to $3,000
  • Deadline: October 2

Scholarships for LGBT Students

Out to Innovate Scholarships

Scholarships for LGBTQ students interested in pursuing a STEM career.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: June 2

League Foundation LGBTQ Scholarships

Scholarships for graduating seniors with special consideration given to those with activities and leadership roles relating to LGBTQ communities.

  • Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Deadline: April 30

Out to Protect Scholarship

Scholarships for LGBT students who are currently enrolled in a basic law enforcement training program.

  • Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Deadline: May 26

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

Scholarship for students and young professionals seeking experience in HIV-related public policy and government affairs.

  • Amount: $4,000 ($1,000/month stipend paid over the four-month fellowship)
  • Deadline: July 15

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship

Financial assistance to students who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT communities.

  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Deadline: June 30

LGBT Liberation Scholarship

Scholarships honoring students who have done impactful activism work to improve or inspire the lives of LGBTQ people and the LGBTQ community.

  • Amount: Up to $1,500
  • Deadline: June 30

American Atheists Gay/Lesbian College Scholarship

Scholarships for LGBT students who combine activism for gay rights with activism for the rights of atheists

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: February 1

Bill Caspare Memorial Fund Diversity Scholarship

Scholarships for LGBTQ students interested in careers in new media, digital advertising, or data science. Also open to African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, and Native American students.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: July 14

NGPA Pilot Scholarship

Scholarships for aspiring aviators that support, or are members of, the LGBT community. Scholarship to be used for advanced flight training.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: August 1

Military Family Scholarships

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

Scholarships for dependents and spouses of military personnel.

  • Amount: $3,000
  • Deadline: May 15

Scholarships for Military Children Program

Scholarships for children of an active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers.

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Deadline: February 12

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Support the children of fallen post-9/11 service members and/or children of post-9/11 veterans with a disability of 50% or higher.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: April 20

Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Available to high school juniors who attend an American Legion state program and are a direct descendent of a wartime veteran who was on active duty during one of the periods of war.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: Varies

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Must be a dependent of a military service member who has been disabled, killed in action, or is a prisoner of war.

  • Amount: Varies based on need; average award will be a “significant portion of the student’s tuition”
  • Deadline: July 31

The Military Commanders’ Scholarship Fund

Must be a dependent of activity duty, reserve/guard, or retired service members.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: November 2017

Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship

Scholarships for women who have served in the Army or are the child of a woman who has served.

  • Amount: Up to $2,500
  • Deadline: January 15

The OpLove Scholarship

Scholarships for currently active, honorably discharged, or retired military members, and their spouses and children.

  • Amount: $300
  • Deadline: July 15

Francis P Matthews and John E Swift Educational Trust Scholarships

Scholars for children of a member of the Knights of Columbus who was killed while serving in the military, or a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty. Recipient must attend a Catholic college.

  • Amount: Up to $25,000
  • Deadline: March 1

70th Infantry Division Association Scholarship

Scholarship for the relatives and spouses of those who have served, or are currently serving, under the colors of the 70th Infantry Division.

  • Amount: $500
  • Deadline: August 30

Scholarships for Students with Community Service Experience

Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship

Scholarship for young volunteers who have dedicated 100+ hours to serving veterans.

  • Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: February 29

Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for students who understand, appreciate and exemplify Bruce Lee’s passion for education, and play an active role in their community.

  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: June 9

Youth Forward Scholarship

Scholarships for students who write an essay describing their commitment to volunteering.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: August 1

Ajia Matthews Educational Scholarship Fund

Scholarships & Awards

Welcome to Languages & Literatures scholarships and awards. We offer eleven different awards to fourteen students every year. All awards and scholarships grant tuition credits, ranging from $50 to $4000, with a total of nearly $18,000 awarded each year. 

On this page, you'll find descriptions of the scholarships and the donors who established them - many of whom were faculty in our department, we're proud to say. Two of our awards are jointly awarded with other departments in Letters and Sciences. You will also find a link to the requirements for each award. If you are interested in a scholarship, please read the requirements carefully: each award is different, created for many kinds of students, with different skills, interests, strengths, and experiences. Some awards are awarded by nomination from faculty members, while students must apply for others.

One of our most rewarding experiences is seeing our students recognized for their excellence.

Click here to find out more about former award winners.

If you have further questions, please contact the chair of Nominations and Scholarships.

Click here for tips on applying for scholarships.

Literature Scholarships and Awards

Aldo and Adriana Busot Scholarship

This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Aldo and Adriana Busot, former Professors of Spanish in the Foreign Language Department (now Languages and Literatures Department) of UW-Whitewater. The scholarship recognizes and rewards junior or senior students who have shown an interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture and have established a high achievement in those areas.

Approximate Award Amount: $300-600 tuition credit.
Renewable with new application.

• The application, completed online:
• The student be a full-time declared Spanish or Spanish Education major in the junior or senior during the award year.
• A minimum overall G. P. A. of 3.0 and minimum 3.25 in Spanish courses.
• The candidate must show evidence of interest in the Spanish language and in Hispanic culture (e.g., volunteer or perform paid work with Hispanic communities in the U.S. or abroad; travel to or study in Hispanic countries; participate in Hispanic activities on campus).
• The candidate must submit a short essay in which they address their motivation to study Spanish as well as their plans to use Spanish in the future.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

The Burrows Award

Established by a former departmental chair and faculty member, Professor Bob Burrows, (now emeritus) and his wife, Marion, this award is given annually to an outstanding English Literature or English Education major with at least junior standing who is nominated by English Department faculty. Burrows Award winners have achieved a 3.0 G.P.A. overall and in the major. Students in the English Education major who intend to teach in public schools are given top consideration.

Approximate Amount: $1000-1600 tuition credit.
Renewable by nomination.

NOTE: This award is granted by nomination only. Burrows Award recipients do not apply for this scholarship.

• English Literature or English Education major.
• Junior or Senior standing with at least seventy (70) total credit hours.
• At least twelve (12) completed hours of literature courses.
• An overall G.P.A of 3.0, as well as a 3.0 in the major.
• Preference will be granted to the English Education major preparing to teach in public high schools.

Corinne E. Forster Scholarship

Corinne taught Secondary Education English in the College of Education at UW-Whitewater from 1945-1984. She completed her bachelor's degree at UW-Madison, and her masters from the University of Minnesota, where she wrote her thesis on Jane Austen. Corinne cared deeply for her students, and was committed to their learning and achievement. In addition to her love for teaching and literature, Corinne traveled the world. She was a spirited woman and had a contagious passion for learning, great works, and writing "for the real world." She established this endowment to support students' pursuit of writing, in keeping with her motto: "The pleasure of doing good never wears out."

This award grants four tuition waivers to English majors from each track: Literature, Secondary Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. Students must submit a fifty-page portfolio of their writing, which may include course papers, journal entries, creative writing, and selections from writing projects. Individual pieces in the portfolio should be titled. Judges recommend submitting a diverse portfolio of thoroughly edited and proofread work.

Approximate Amount: $1000-1600 tuition credit.

• The application, completed online:
• Current freshman, sophomores and juniors submit fifty (50) pages of writing, which can include papers submitted for class requirements and projects, short fiction, a screenplay OR twenty-five (25) poems.
• The portfolio must be uploaded as ONE document, even if it includes several different pieces. The document should have page numbers and the student ID number in the header. The document must be titled as follows: CEF.StudentName.doc or CEF.StudentName.pdf
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

Edie Thornton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is endowed in memory of Edie Thornton, who taught in the Department of Languages & Literatures and Department of Women's Studies at UW-Whitewater from 1998-2007. She was a highly regarded teacher who inspired students and faculty. She is known for her groundbreaking research and presentations on Edith Wharton and was active in both the Edith Wharton Society and the American Literature Society. This scholarship is to memorialize and encourage Edie's passion for teaching and scholarship. It is designated for students majoring and/or minoring in English and/or Women's Studies.

The candidate must be a full-time student at UW-Whitewater with sophomore or junior status. The scholarship is designated for students majoring and/or minoring in English and/or Women's Studies, and preference will be given to students who major in one (English or Women's Studies) and minor in the other (English or Women's Studies). Students should show exceptional academic promise and a record of service. Additional preferences include a demonstrable interest in Edith Wharton and/or women authors of her historical period, aspirations for future graduate study, and financial need.

Approximate Amount: $900-1300 tuition credit.

• The application, completed online:
• A personal statement of approximately 500 words.
• An updated résumé and an Academic Report (AR).
• Two letters of reference from instructors, preferably in English and/or Women's Studies.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

Jack Heide Creative Writing Award

The Heide award is given to the writer of an outstanding creative text. This award is open to all majors. A registered UW-Whitewater student receives a tuition credit. The work will be judged by the creative writing faculty.

Approximate Amount: $75-100 tuition credit.

• The application, completed online:
• An original creative work that has NOT won another writing award at UW-Whitewater, such as the Department of Languages and Literatures' Superior Student Writing Award, the Corinne E. Forster Award, or the Kristine Grimsrud Memorial Scholarship.
• The creative work may be fiction, creative non-fiction, OR drama of no more than 5000 words OR no more than five poems, individual or part of a series, totaling no more than 5000 words.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

Jack Heide Outstanding Major Award

The Heide Outstanding Major award is granted to junior or senior English Major in the year before graduation. There is no application or nomination; the awardee must have attended UW-Whitewater for at least two years, and is selected for the highest cumulative GPA.

Approximate Amount: $100-200 tuition credit.

NOTE: This award is granted by nomination only. Jack Heide Outstanding Major Award recipients do not apply for this scholarship.

• Junior or Senior status, with plans to graduate the following academic year.
• Two or more years as a registered UW-Whitewater student.
• Highest cumulative G.P.A of all English Majors.

Joe and Becky Hogan Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Joseph (Joe) and Rebecca (Becky) Hogan, both emeriti professors of English, after joining the UW-Whitewater faculty in 1984 and retiring in 2011. Becky and Joe met as undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico in 1967 and married in 1968. They received their PhDs from the University of Colorado in 1984. Joe's specialty was Romanticism and the Renaissance and Becky's focus area included nineteenth-century English and Russian novel and autobiography. During their years of dedicated teaching and service to UW-Whitewater and its students, Joe served as Chair of the Languages and Literatures Department for three years and as the Chair of the Faculty Senate for two years. Becky taught Feminist Theories, Women's Voices/ Women's Lives, or Individual and Society in Women's Studies each semester during her tenure at UW-W. Joe and Becky were both active in many curricular changes, particularly the committee that designed World of Ideas. Becky also helped design the Women's Studies version of Individual and Society and served for many years on the Letters and Sciences Curriculum Committee. Joe was on the committee that completely revised the English emphasis and served as the chair of the committee that developed the Professional Writing and Book Publishing submajor. Since 1985, the Hogans actively worked as editors and leaders of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies -a journal of scholarship published semi-annually by the University of North Carolina with support from UW-W. The Hogans reside in Whitewater, having made it their home all these years.

This scholarship awards a UW-Whitewater sophomore, junior, or senior English or Women's Studies major with a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and 3.2 in the major. Preference is given to those students majoring in both English and Women's Studies, or majoring in one and minoring in the other. Faculty from both English and Women's Studies will choose the winning applicant, taking into consideration the scholarship materials, extracurricular activity in English or Women's Studies events and clubs, and financial need.

Approximate Award Amount: $400-425 tuition credit.
Renewable with new application.

• The application, completed online:
• English or Women's Studies major of at least sophomore standing.
• Minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and 3.2 in the major.
• A letter of support from a professor/ instructor in the student's major.
• A two-paragraph essay stating academic and professional aspirations and how the scholarship will help further those goals.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

Kristine Grimsrud Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the estate of Richard and Wilma Grimsrud, in memory of their daughter Kristine. Kristine was a 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in English, and a passion for poetry and creative writing.

Kristine Grimsrud was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1948. She grew up in suburban Wauwatosa and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a degree in English in 1970. After one year of teaching high school English in Hustisford, Wisconsin, she spent a year traveling in Europe and working on an Israeli kibbutz. In 1973, she began a post graduate program in Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, she decided to change course after one semester and traveled to Germany with a friend, hoping to find employment. She returned to Wisconsin in May of 1974 and received a realtor's and broker's license. Wauwatosa Realtors employed her until her death from injuries sustained in a place crash on October 30, 1974.

She was always interested in writing, especially poetry and fiction. After her untimely death, family members found a multitude of poetry and prose in her files. Her poems, written between 1966 and 1974, were compiled into a book entitled Touching a Dream, self-published in December of 1974. A second book, a selection of poems entitled Waiting for a Flash of Brilliance, was self-published in 2015.

The scholarship shall be made only to students who have declared their major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, and who have demonstrated financial need.

Approximate Award Amount: $4000 tuition credit.
Renewable with application and new written work.

• The application, completed online:
• English major with Creative Writing emphasis, of at least sophomore standing, enrolled full time.
• The candidate must submit samples ("the portfolio") of his/her creative writing totaling no more than fifteen pages. A variety of forms are allowed (i.e. poetry, short story, excerpt from a stage or screen play) .
• A two-page autobiographical statement demonstrating his/ her passion for creative writing.
• Evidence of financial need, either on the criteria of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater financial aid office, or a one-paragraph statement of financial need by the student.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

The Paul Grant Memorial Scholarship

The Paul Grant Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife in 1969 to recognize academic excellence in students enrolled in UW-Whitewater's English department.

This scholarship is granted to an incoming freshman declared as an English major.

Approximate Award Amount: $300-500 tuition credit.

NOTE: The application for this award must be mailed to the Scholarship Committee.

• Full contact information, including address, phone number, and email address.
• A photocopy of ACT scores.
• Documentation of current high school G.P.A; preference will be granted to those candidates with a G.P.A meeting or exceeding 3.0.
• A current letter of recommendation from a high school instructor or school counselor.
• A double-spaced, 300-word essay, addressing ONE of the following subjects;

  • The value of the student's favorite work of literature
  • An explanation of why the student selected the English major
  • The social value of literature, using one text to illustrate this value

• Send materials to:

Scholarship Committee
Languages & Literatures
800 West Main
Whitewater, WI 53190


Send all scanned materials to:

• Deadline for all materials: March 30.

Ray Griffith Memorial Scholarship for International Students

This scholarship is made possible through gifts by family and friends in honor of Ray Griffith, who taught English at UW-Whitewater from 1978 until 1995. During those years Ray became well known as a teacher and poet. He especially loved to teach American Literature and English for International Students. He was the recipient of the David Saunders Excellence in Teaching Award. Outside of the university, he was best known for his six years of cultural commentary on Wisconsin Public Radio. Ray was a source of inspiration for students and teacher alike for his lively wit and his compassion for others.

The scholarship is specifically designate for international students who will be majoring in English at UW-Whitewater to honor Ray Griffith's lifelong association with the international community, from his teaching in Korea and India, to the adoption of four children from Korea, to his volunteer teaching in China, Indonesia, Romania, and Ghana after he retired.

The candidate may be a high school or transfer student, or a current UW-Whitewater student majoring in English.

Approximate Award Amount: $600-800 tuition credit.
Renewable by maintaining a 3.4 G.P.A. and full-time status as an English major.

• The application, completed online:
• The candidate must be a full-time high school, transfer, or current student who demonstrates high academic achievement, with a strong aptitude in English and CLEPT scores of at least 550.
• The candidate must submit evidence of CLEPT scores.
• The candidate must submit an updated résumé and academic transcripts.
• The candidate must submit an original 500-word essay on why the applicant would benefit from the study of English at UW-Whitewater.
• Two letters of support from teachers or professors.
• This scholarship may be renewed without a new application, as long as the student remains a full-time student in the English Major with a minimum 3.4 G.P.A.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

Silver/ Savage Environmental Scholarship

The Silver/ Savage Scholarship is given by Donna Silver and George Savage, both ardent supporters of liberal education: Donna, through her work at UW System (1987-2009) and then as Secretary of the Academic Staff at UW Madison (2009-2012); and George, as Languages & Literatures faculty (1984-2012) and as L & L Department Chair (2001-2007) at UW-Whitewater. Both Donna and George were enthusiastic supporters of the Humanities and Sciences. Both served on SAGLA (System Advisory Group for Liberal Arts) from its inception in 2004. This group was the main catalyst for LEAP (Liberal Education and America's Promise) in the UW System campuses. As members of SAGLA, Donna and George were especially involved in the annual statewide essay competitions and were the primary organizers of the 2008 statewide conference on liberal education "Only Connect." At Whitewater, George organized a variety of conferences, from Earth Day celebrations, to a conference on war and peace, to a statewide conference for English faculty.

This scholarship was made possible through the generous inheritance from George's mother, Nellie Savage, who remained remarkably curious to the very end of her ninety-seven year lifespan. Early in her life, Nellie showed a talent for writing poetry and essays. During the Depression she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania. Later she was actively engaged in civic life in her hometown, Titusville, PA, serving and President of the Titusville Women's Club, an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and a leader of the Titusville chapter of the American Field Service. Her leadership in AFS led her to become a world-wide traveler, as she kept in touch with many of the international exchange students who had attended Titusville High School. She was the quintessential life-long learner. Nellie was married to Dr. William C. G. Savage, a veterinarian, who worked with farm animals as well as pets. His interest in science and nature began in high school when he was an avid birdwatcher and ended, fittingly, on the final day of his life as he explored the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.

Nellie's interest gravitated to the humanities; William's toward the sciences. This scholarship is meant to encourage the melding of both these worlds.

In his seminal lecture "The Two Cultures," C. P. Snow spoke pessimistically of the problem of the growing divide between the humanities and the sciences. In his 2003 book The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox, Stephen Jay Gould more optimistically envisions a "consilience" between the humanities and the sciences. In his view, mastery of the humanities and the sciences will result in unexpected intellectual and social windfalls. It is in the spirit of consilience between the two cultures -humanities and sciences -that this scholarship is created. To that end, the scholarship will be given to an English major with a second major or minor in environmental studies/ science or biology.

Approximate Award Amount: $2000-2500 tuition credit.

• The application, completed online:
• The candidate must be a full-time second or third year student (or transfer student) who is a declared English Major with a declared minor or second major in Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology.
• The candidate must submit an updated résumé and academic transcripts.
• The candidate must submit a brief (100-300 word) statement about how the applicant sees his or her English major being enhanced by a minor or second major in Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology.
• At least one letter of support from an English teacher/ professor and/ or and Environmental Studies/ Science or Biology teacher/ professor. This letter should focus on the student's academic potential within the professor's discipline.
• Deadline for all materials: February 15.

Language Scholarships and Awards


The Qatar Scholarship Program

Arabic language students may master their skills under this intensive program at Qatar University in Doha for an academic year. It is a non-degree program, but students will receive a certificate upon completion of the academic year. Credit will also be awarded. The scholarship includes tuition; room and board in university dorms; round-trip airfare; local transportation; and books.

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AL Muammar Scholarship for Journalism

If you're pursuing degrees in both Arabic and journalism, you should consider this $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Arab American Institute Foundation. Applicants should be committed to journalism and possess a sensitivity to Arab American issues. Community involvement and initiative in social advocacy and civic empowerment are required to apply. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic and academic ability, as well as financial need.

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Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for U.S. undergraduates who plan to study abroad. The average award is $4,000. Recipients with backgrounds in supercritical languages like Arabic are then eligible for an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program.

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"Dream Deferred" Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East

Interested students should visit and view the writing prompts. One grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship. One second place winner will receive $1,500. Three runners-up will receive $500 each.

Critical Languages Scholarship Program

This culturally enriching program offers language instruction overseas to undergraduate students. The program lasts from seven to ten weeks and is fully funded by the government in an effort to increase the number of students who become proficient in critical languages such as Arabic.

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Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State sponsors The Gilman Scholarhsip every year. Their aim is to cultivate friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the people of the U.S. and other countries. This relationship fosters students' ability to adopt signigicant roles in the global economy and the increasingly interdependent world. Therefore, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offeres U.S. undergraduate students, who are otherwise unable, the opportunity to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

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Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship is for highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. To accept funding, Boren Scholars must commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The national Security Education Program funds Boren Scholarships to provide U.S. undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. These areas include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Bridging Japan Scholarship

The Bridging Project funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation due to generous contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors to offer scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. There are 100 scholarships awarded each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they accumulate while abroad.  Bridging Scholarships are $2,500 for students who are pursuing semester-long programs and $4,000 for students pursuing academic year programs.

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