Competitive Scholarships and Awards for Undergraduate English Majors

Scholarships

In order to be awarded any Mississippi State University Scholarship, a student must complete the General Scholarship Application.
This is your first step in competing for three categories of scholarships:

  1. Information about university-level scholarships can be found here: https://www.admissions.msstate.edu/admitted/money-matters/#scholarships.
  2. English majors are also part of the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.  After filling out the General Scholarship Application, English majors will be prompted to fill out the Arts & Sciences Conditional Application to establish eligibility for college-level scholarships, as well.  Information about college-level scholarships can be found here: https://www.cas.msstate.edu/futurestudents/scholarshipopportunities/
    *You must complete both the general and conditional applications each year to be considered for a college-level scholarship.*
  3. In addition to these opportunities, a number of scholarships are available to English majors only; they are listed below.  To be eligible for these scholarships, students who have completed the General Scholarship Application and the Arts & Sciences Conditional Application will be prompted to include additional information specific to each department-level scholarship, such as essays and letters of recommendation.  Click below for specific instructions for each scholarship.

The Dr. Cecil Hunter and Ann Pittman Andrews Memorial Endowed Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an undergraduate majoring in English at Mississippi State University.
  • Application deadline March 1 for scholarships awarded for the following academic year.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Eugene Butler Scholarship in Creative Writing ($3,000)

  • Preference is given to creative writers entering MSU at any level other than freshman level. If there are no winning candidates from outside, students already on campus will be considered.
  • Application deadline March 15.
  • Contact Dr. Michael Kardos for detailed information.

The Roger LeMoyne Dabbs Memorial Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an undergraduate majoring in English at Mississippi State University.
  • Application deadline March 1 for scholarships awarded for the following academic year.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Stacey Goff Endowed English Scholarship

  • Awarded to an incoming undergraduate English major and renewable for up to eight semesters.
  • More information provided during years when the scholarship is open to new applications.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Howell and Elizabeth Gwin Scholarships

  • Junior and senior English majors and graduate students are eligible to apply for the Gwin Scholarships.
  • Application deadline March 15 of the sophomore or senior year.
  • Contact Dr. Matthew Little for detailed information.

William H. Magruder Memorial Scholarship

  • Upper-level undergraduates or graduate English majors are eligible to apply.
  • Application deadline March 1 for scholarships awarded for the following academic year.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Mildred Freeman Shurlds English Annual Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an undergraduate majoring in English at Mississippi State University.
  • Application deadline March 1 for scholarships awarded for the following academic year.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Helen W. Skelton Annual Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an undergraduate majoring in English at Mississippi State University.
  • Application deadline March 1 for scholarships awarded for the following academic year.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Awards

Lewis and Betty Nolan Book Award ($300)

  • Full-time English majors at the junior or senior level are eligible to apply for this award, which is for the purchase of non-course books.
  • Application deadlines: Fall—last weekday of September; Spring—last weekday of February.

Peyton Ward Williams Distinguished Writing Award

  • The Williams Distinguished Writing Award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding paper written in an upper-division English course.

The Linda Brasher/Mary Ann Dazey Writing Award

  • Papers are nominated for this award by professors in English 3414: Advanced Composition.

The MSU Writing Contest

  • Annual contest, open to any MSU student. A student may enter in one or more of five categories:
    • Fiction
    • Poetry
    • One-Act Play
    • Informal Essay
    • Formal Essay
  • Deadline approximately late November
  • For information contact Dr. Michael Kardos or Dr. Catherine Pierce, Lee Hall