Departmental Undergraduate Scholarships

Each spring the English Department awards several undergraduate scholarships. For these competitively-selected awards, students submit application materials, including a sample of critical writing, which were reviewed by a committee of faculty members.

The next call for applications will be announced in February 2017, with a deadline for applications in late March.

The Ruth B. Skretting-Bertschi Scholarship:

The Skretting-Bertschi Scholarship is an award of $1,000 given to outstanding undergraduate students in English. This fund was established in 2006 in support of a scholarship in English in memory of Ruth B. Skretting-Bertschi, an alumna of the English department.

  • 2015 Awardee: Jack Ceschin
  • 2016 Awardees: Jack Ceschin, Lauren Lisak, Grace O’Neill, Madison Rose Williams
  • 2017 Awardees: Katherine Casey, Bailey Flannery, Morgan Lipinski , Bijan Salamati

The Elizabeth Babbitt Memorial Scholarship:

The Babbitt Scholarship was established in 1972 by the family of Elizabeth Babbitt, an alumna of the English Department. Competitively selected awards of $1,000 are granted annually, with preference given to English majors in their first two years of undergraduate study who have demonstrated financial need.

  • 2015 Awardees: Kristiana Perleberg, Bryce Stevenson
  • 2016 Awardees: Esmé Barniskis, Kathryn Skjoldager
  • 2017 Awardees: Elliott Baas, Jennifer Johnston, Adam Piwoni

Robert Jones Scholarship

This award of $1,000 was established in 1993 in memory of a longtime member of the department and specialist in African-American Literature. Awards are given to English majors, with at least junior year status, who have both a high GPA and demonstrated financial need, with preference given to African-American students.

  • 2015 Awardees: Armani Bolden, Jade Schauf
  • 2017 Awardee: Faith Bradley

College-Wide Scholarships

Dr. Donna Decker Scholarship (two $1,000 scholarships available)

  • Junior or Senior status (56 credits or more earned) by August 31, 2018
  • Full-time student in 2018-19 (24 credits or more for the year; 21 of those must be in the College of Letters & Science)
  • A declared major in English or JAMS (Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher

For additional information, please contact the Department Chair, Gregory Jay (