Undergraduate WRITING AWARDS
The English Department announces the following awards and invites submissions from eligible students by 4 pm on April 14, 2014:
Best Paper by a First-Year Student Award ($100): best paper written by a first-year student at SUNY Fredonia.
Best Paper by an Upper-Level Student Award ($100): best English paper written outside of ENGL 100 by a student beyond the first year at SUNY Fredonia.
Mary Louise White Book Scholarships ($200 to two first-year students): Two Mary Louise White Book Scholarships of $200 per semester (for up to four semesters in all) will be awarded to first-year English majors on the basis of admissions data (which might include financial need) and writing excellence. One scholarship will be awarded to an English major, a second to an English Education major. The entry paper must be 300 to 500 words in length, must demonstrate an individual style or voice, the ability to place your own experience in a wider context, and a proficient use of mechanics (grammar, spelling, etc.), and must answer one of the following questions: (1) If you were given $200 to spend on books that were not for school, what would they be and why? (2) Describe how and why a particular book changed your perspective.
Laura D. Foster 1929 Graduates’ Fund Award ($150): Awarded to an English major (full-time undergraduate with at least junior standing) for the paper best displaying excellence in the study of literature. Preference will be given to papers that focus on the Romantic period (or, more generally, nineteenth-century literature), especially Sir Walter Scott.
Henry Salerno Scholarship ($400): Awarded to a senior going on to graduate school who has done superior work. Submissions for this award include a personal statement of plans for graduate study (1-3 pages, double-spaced), and scholarly evidence of superior writing (a paper or equivalent). Evidence of acceptance AND enrollment to graduate school (i.e., a copy of registration, etc.) is needed to actually award the money after the student is enrolled.
ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER CONTEST IS PERMITTED; STUDENTS MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME ESSAY FOR MORE THAN ONE AWARD.
DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARDS: April 14th -- 4 pm sharp! No late entries will be accepted! Winners will be selected by a group of English Department faculty members and will be notified no later than April 29th and presented with awards at the English Department Award Ceremony on May 10th at 4 pm in the Horizon Room, Williams Center. Good luck to all!