Awards & Scholarships

a picture of the 2017 English award winners

The English Department gives a variety of annual awards and scholarships to both majors and students in our general education classes. Pictured above are the co-recipients of the Outstanding English Major Award, Cezanne Colvin and Lauren Sobczak. Awards were presented on Thursday, April 21, 2016. For more information on English Department Awards, please contact Dr. Patricia Davies Pytleski or Dr. Kristina Fennelly.

All submissions must be forwarded to the committee by January 20, 2017

Awards

Bartholomew Award in Writing
Funded by a trust donated by Professor Marguerite Bartholomew, who taught English at KU from 1959 to 1977, this award goes to the student who has written the best Freshman English Composition of the year. Applicants may be of any major. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of a Freshman English Composition essay written between March 1, 2016, and the present.  Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

2017 Recipient: Ashley Stein “More Than Meets the Eye”


Bennett Harris Humorous Writing Award
Funded by a trust in honor of the late Bennett Harris, Professor of English, this award goes to the writer of the most humorous fiction or nonfiction work. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of an essay or story written between March 1, 2016, and the present.  Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words.  Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

2017 Recipient: Bryce Johle “Oh, You Don’t Have to Do That”


Emma Richards-Bausch Award in Literary Criticism
Funded by a trust started in 1983 by Professor Emma S. Richards, who taught criticism at KU from 1965 to 1983, this award honors the senior who has written the best critical paper of the academic year. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of any paper written between March 1, 2016, and the present.  Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

2017 Recipient: Kayla Woodington “Bumps in the Night: Examining Fear and Anxiety in Lovecraft’s Prose”


Karen Blomain Award in Fiction
The Karen Blomain Fiction Award will be given to the student writer who has produced the best original piece of prose fiction in short or long forms. This award was established in memory of Prof. Karen Blomain, novelist, poet, and playwright, who taught in the English Department’s Professional Writing Program from 1991-2007 and co-advised Shoofly for three years. Other student fiction may be submitted for the award by professors or by the student writers themselves.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.

2017 Recipient: Bryce Johle “Statue of Liberty”


Mary S. Kittel Award in Writing for Social and Environmental Justice
Mary S. Kittel was a writing major, former editor of The Keystone, organizer of the first KU Earth Day, and KU alumna who went on to a professional writing career with Rodale Press and authored several health and fitness books. The award will be given to the best essay written on an issue involving the environment, health, education, human rights, or social justice. Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

2017 Recipient: Stephanie Jack “What’s in a name: Slut Shaming”


Raymond W. Ford Award in Poetry
This award is funded by a trust started in 1996 by Dr. Raymond W. Ford, who chaired the KU English Department from 1962 to 1979, and is given to the best student poet of the current year. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of any paper written between March 1, 2016, and the present.  Poems should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

2017 Recipient: Madison Gross “Three Months”


Newton & Edna Geiss Award for English Scholarship
Funded by a trust donated in 1965 by writers Newton and Edna Geiss, this award goes to the graduating senior with the highest quality point average in English.

2017 Recipients: Kim Winters


Outstanding English Major Award
Funded by the English Department and the English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities, this award goes to the most outstanding English major who is a junior or senior. The winner is nominated and elected by the English Department Faculty.

2017 Recipients: Kim Winters & Shubham Maini

 

Scholarships

Deatrick Scholarship Award in English

This scholarship is funded by a trust donated in 1964 by Anna Louise Mitchell on the 50th anniversary of her graduation from KU and dedicated to the memory of her father, Professor W. W. Deatrick, who taught English here for 32 years.  Applicants must intend to teach English and must have either English or Secondary Education/English or Communication as a Major.  Applicants must be at least sophomores. Seniors graduating in May or August 2017 are not eligible.   Submit grade transcripts, representative writing samples, and letter of application, which includes name, age, major, class standing, QPA, service to school and community, and a brief explanation of career goals.

2017 Recipient: Allison Conrad


Keystone Newswriting Scholarship

This scholarship is established by the English Department faculty to recognize outstanding skills and contributions by a continuing undergraduate student who has written an article or series of articles for The Keystone between March 1, 2016, and the present.  Submit published clips and a letter of relevant explanation about the work.   Include name; student number; local, permanent, and e-mail addresses; and phone number.

2017 Recipient: Justin Sweitzer


Dr. Walter Nott English Scholarship

This scholarship is funded in honor of Dr. Walter Nott, a former KU professor in the English Department. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student majoring in English and entering into his/her senior year.  Additionally, the applicant should demonstrate dedication to the major of English and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to those applicants who intend to continue his or her course of study upon graduation from Kutztown University and to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Interested students should submit an application to the English Awards/ Honors/ Scholarships Committee as soon as possible.  Applicants should submit a letter defining their interest in studying literature after graduation, their career goals, and what receiving the scholarship would mean for them.  Applicants should also submit their strongest Kutztown University literature paper.

2017 Recipient: Macey Tanseco


Hearst Foundation Scholarship in Professional Writing

This scholarship is given to an English/Professional Writing major who has at least a 3.5 GPA in the major, has earned at least 96 credits, and is a continuing student. (No application needed)

2017 Recipient: Kim Winters


Ruth Bonner Scholarship
Funded by Ruth Bonner, Class of 1921, to provide scholarship aid to a worthy English Major with financial need who has earned at least 90 credits, has an overall QPA equivalent to B+, and a major QPA of A.

2017 Recipient: Stephanie Jack