Graduate Scholarships

Scholarship Application Guidelines

The English Department offers a number of awards annually to its graduate students and undergraduates. Students interested in applying for awards should begin the application process by carefully reading the award descriptions as these may contain specific information about the application process not listed below. Students may apply for more than one award and specify all the awards applied for in the letter of intent, but need only submit one application; the Scholarship Committee will consider your application for all possible awards. In addition to other application materials specified by an individual award, all applicants must submit the following materials by February 16:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Writing Sample
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • CV (optional)
  • Letter of Recommendation. Whenever possible, this letter should come from a faculty member of the English Department

Apply Online Here

For any questions you have, email Ezra Meier, nezra@unm.edu.

You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application via email.

Note
: No financial award will be given until the recipient provides proof, in the form of a thank you letter, of having sent an acknowledgement of gratitude to the donor.

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Graduate Awards

Howard Dean Everett Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Encourage academic work among Native American
Students majoring in English, (either graduate or undergraduate)
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $1000.00
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

  • Major GPA of 3.0 or better
  • At least 6 hours above Engl 102 with a cumulative GPA of 2.76 or better
  • Financial need if more than one student is qualified.
  • Preference given to undergraduate students, but graduate students are
    eligible.

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

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Joseph C. Gallagher Scholarship for Study in Ireland

Scholarship Objective: Encourage academic study of Anglo-Irish literature in the Republic of Ireland
Type of Award: Travel Award
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $500.00
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

  • The award winner can be either an undergraduate or a graduate student
  • Undergraduates must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Clear plan of study in Ireland

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

Additional Criteria:

  • An Organized Plan of Study
  • Unofficial proof of either own or parental financial need

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Hillerman/McGarrity Scholarship in Creative Writing

Scholarship Objective: Seeks to recognize students whose writing shows exceptional promise. In honor of the endowment’s founders, the late Tony Hillerman and mystery writer Michael McGarrity—both longtime residents of New Mexico
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: To Be Announced
Number of Awards Available: 2 per year, one undergraduate and one graduate award

Minimum Requirements:

  • Open to MFA graduate students and undergraduates specializing in creative writing
  • Preference given to those students who demonstrate a link to New Mexico, its people and cultural traditions

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

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Irene B. Kimball Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Encourage the study of literature
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $1,500.00
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

  • Full or part-time student in the college of Arts and Sciences, either graduate or undergraduate.
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Preference given to Native American students

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

Additional Criteria:

  • Unofficial proof of either own or parental financial need

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Mary M. McDonald Scholarship Fund in English

Scholarship Objective: To support students getting a degree in English (either graduate or undergraduate)
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $1000.00
Number of Awards Available: Up to 2 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

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New Mexico Folklore Scholar in English

Scholarship Objective: Award scholarly achievement to a student studying New Mexico folklore, southwestern literature or regional literature
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $750.00
Number of Awards Available: 1 every two years (2011, 2013, 2015, etc.)

Minimum Requirements:

  • The winner is studying folklore from New Mexico, regional literature or southwestern literature

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

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Buchanan Arms Award in English

Scholarship Objective: Recognition of academic excellence in the graduate study of literature
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $700.00
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

  • Graduate student specializing and excelling in the study of literature
  • Student must be a registered student in the current and previous academic years

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

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Graduate Student Award in Rhetoric and Writing

Application Form:  None.  Students are nominated for the award by Rhetoric and Writing professors.  For more information, students should speak with their professors about the nomination process.
Type of Award: Payment to student
Scholarship Objective: The first preference is recognition of an MA in Rhetoric and Writing student who presents an outstanding MA Portfolio and defense; second preference is recognition of either an MA or a PhD graduate student in Rhetoric and Writing who has made especially significant contributions to the Rhetoric and Writing Program
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $500 with the amount varying depending on the availability of funds in the account that supports the award.

Number of Awards Available:  One per year

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Vicente Ximenes Scholarship in Public Rhetoric & Civic Literacy

Scholarship Objective: To encourage and support graduate scholarship and service in the areas of public rhetoric and civic literacy. The scholarship committee may preferentially consider nominees from underserved or underrepresented populations.
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value of Award: $1,000.00
Number of Awards available: varies, up to $1,000 per year

Minimum Requirements:

  • 2nd year or above graduate student in rhetoric and writing (MA or PhD)
  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic progress toward achieving a degree
  • Demonstrated scholarship and/or service in public rhetoric and or civic literacy

Application Process:

  • Self-nomination

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