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Writing Awards


Undergraduate Writing Awards

Spring 2018


The English department announces the following awards and invites submissions from eligible students.

Deadline: April 13, 4 p.m. sharp


Best Paper by a First-Year Student Award ($100):

Best paper written by a first-year student at 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 Fredonia.

Mary Louise White Book Scholarships ($200 to two first-year students for up to four semesters [up to $800 each], provided awardees remain in good academic standing):

Awarded to two first-year English or English Adolescence Education majors on the basis of admissions data (which might include financial need) and writing excellence. The entry paper must be 300-500 words, 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 AWARD IS PERMITTED; STUDENTS MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME ESSAY FOR MORE THAN ONE AWARD. Entries shall be turned in to the English Department secretary. 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 26th and presented with awards at the English Department Award Ceremony.


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