Competitive Awards and Scholarships

In addition to the various scholarships and financial aid packages offered by the University, the English Department is able to offer a number of scholarships and awards.

All English Department and all Mississippi State University scholarships require completion of the General Scholarship Application.

Eugene Butler Scholarship in Creative Writing ($2,500)

  • 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.

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.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

Dr. Richard F. Patteson Endowed Scholarship In English

  • The candidates must be in good standing at Mississippi State University.
  • The candidates must be pursuing a Graduate degree within the Department of English.
  • The candidates must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Contact Dr. Lara Dodds for detailed information.

Helen W. Skelton Annual Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an undergraduate majoring in English at Mississippi State University.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and be of good moral character and demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

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

  • Applicant must be a full-time student at M.S.U. enrolled in the Department of English within the College of Arts and Sciences; the award year may be for a student's sophomore, junior, or senior year.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated academic achievement by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicant must be of good moral character and have demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Applicant must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

The Roger LeMoyne Dabbs Memorial Scholarship.

    Applicant must be a full-time student at MSU. Students majoring in English will be primary candidates. If there are no qualified English majors, students majoring in Communications will then be considered.
    Scholarship applications and other pertinent information are available in the Department of English, 2nd. floor Lee Hall).
    Contact Dr. Kelly Marsh for detailed information.

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. Contact Dr. Amy Mallory-Kani to apply.
  • 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

Graduate Assistantships

The English Department offers teaching assistantships to a large number of graduate students. Those selected have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in the department's composition classes and tutoring experience in the Writing Center. The department also offers editorial assistantships for work on The Mississippi Quarterly. Applicants for assistantships must be sure all their application materials are received by April 15, 2015.
Financial Aid

The University department of Student Financial Aid provides assistance for all eligible students.