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Scholarships

The English Department offers a number of awards annually to its 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 as a single .pdf file by March 27:

  • Letter of Intent
    • Like the letter of intent to declare a major in English, this letter should outline your academic interests, coursework, and accomplishments, along with any additional information related to specific awards to which you are applying.
  • Writing Sample
    • The writing sample of 3-5 pages should represent the student’s strongest work as an English major or minor and ideally should reflect the area of focus (literature, professional writing, creative writing) outlined in the letter of intent.
  • Unofficial Transcript
    • Download an unofficial transcript through the myUNM system.
  • Curriculum Vitae (optional)
    • Graduate students are encouraged to include the curriculum vitae; undergraduate students are welcome to include an optional résumé or curriculum vitae.

Additionally, a letter of recommendation must be sent from a recommender who is familiar with the student and his or her abilities as a writer and scholar. Whenever possible, this letter should come from a faculty member of the English Department at the University of New Mexico. UNM English Faculy members can complete the online recommendation form here. Letters of recommendation from outside of UNM English Department should be saved electronically as a .pdf file and sent to Gloria Sands at gsands@unm.edu.

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Awards for undergraduate and graduate students will be announced on or before May 1st. Recipients of scholarship awards will be recognized on the English Department’s website and in the graduation program. However, no financial award will be given until the recipient provides proof of having sent an acknowledgement of gratitude to the donor, in the form of a thank you letter.

Available Awards

Bank of America Undergraduate Student Award

Scholarship Objective: Award for a student studying rhetoric and writing with a concentration in professional writing
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $1,500
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

The student has to have declared a major in English

Application Process:

Self-nomination

Bank of America Returning Student Award

Scholarship Objective: Award for a returning student studying rhetoric and writing with a concentration in professional writing
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $1,500
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

The student has to have declared a major in English

Be a returning student

Application Process:

Self-nomination

Reba Rutz Beidleman Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Award to a graduating senior who will be pursuing an English graduate degree
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $2,000
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

The winner must be a graduating senior pursuing a graduate degree in English

Women will be given preference, but men are also eligible

Application Process:

Self-nomination

Additional Criteria:

Unofficial proof of either own or parental financial need

Lynda Gayle and Arthur John Brender Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: To support students in the English Department
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: $500
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Undergraduate student with declared English major

Application Process:

Self-nomination

Elsie Fraley Demas and James Demas Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Support undergraduate scholarship and research in Honors English
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: $750
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

All students enrolled in Honors English

Application Process:

Nomination by the Undergraduate Committee

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: $1,000
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Major GPA of 3.0 or better
At least 6 hours above English 120 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

Joseph C. Gallagher Scholarship for Study in Ireland and Europe

Scholarship Objective: Encourage academic study of any subject at an institution in Ireland, or the study of an Irish subject at any European university
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: Full funding for tuition, travel and living expenses for a year of study abroad
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Must be a full-time UNM student (undergraduate or graduate). Current full-time undergraduates who wish to begin a one-year MA program at an Irish university beginning the following fall may also apply.
Must have completed, or be in the process of completing, at least two courses featuring an emphasis on Irish Studies, Irish Literature, Irish History, Irish Politics or Irish Culture, with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
Must demonstrate financial need.

Application Process:

Self-nomination. Applications available in the fall semester and due November 15. Contact Dr. Caleb Richardson (cwr@unm.edu) or Dr. Sarah Townsend (sltownse@unm.edu) for an application packet.

The Dale and Ivan Melada Endowed Scholarship

Undergraduate Contact Person: Sharon Oard Warner, Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies
Scholarship Objective: Recognize exceptional achievements in Professional Writing
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $1,500
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Undergraduate student in professional writing, a minimum of 90 hours completed in the spring semester the award is announced

3.0 GPA or better

Application Process:

Nomination by an English department Rhetoric & Writing faculty member

Self-nomination

Katherine M. Simms Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Award best composition on any subject related to New Mexico
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $400
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Undergraduate students in professional writing, a minimum of 90 hours completed in the spring semester the award is announced

3.0 GPA or better

Application Process:

Nomination by an English department Rhetoric and Writing faculty member

Self-nomination

Katherine G. Simons Scholarship in English

Scholarship Objective: To support deserving undergraduate students who are successfully pursuing a course of study in the Department of English
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $500
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

Demonstrate academic achievement by maintaining an overall grade point average of 2.5 and 3.0 in the major study

Demonstrate financial need for scholarship assistance

Be enrolled as a full undergraduate student majoring in English

Demonstrate superior understanding and appreciation for the works of William Shakespeare

Application Process:

Self-nomination

Joseph B. Zavadil Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Undergraduate study of English medieval literature
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: In the past, recipients of this award have received up to $200
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year

Minimum Requirements:

The award winner must either major or minor in English medieval literature

Have 3.5 GPA or better or have participated in the Medieval Studies Program (service)

The award winner will specialize in Arthurian literature, Chaucer, or comparative medieval literature

Application Process:

Self-nomination

Undergraduate/Graduate Awards

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: $2,500
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

Irene B. Kimball Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship Objective: Encourage the study of literature
Type of Award: Payment to Student
Value: $500
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

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: $500
Number of Awards Available: 1 per year
Minimum Requirements:

Application Process:

Self-nomination

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 $300
Number of Awards Available: 1 every year

Minimum Requirements:

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

Application Process:

Self-nomination

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Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

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