English Department

Scholarship Information

At a Glance: Scholarship Information

Andrews Foundation Research Award: One or more awards to students in the Master of Arts Program in the literature concentration to support the completion of their thesis.  Students who wish to be considered for an award must submit a prospectus for their thesis project with a cover letter announcing their intention to compete for an award. The prospectus should be no longer than five pages and should describe the thesis, offer a rationale for its undertaking, explain how the study relates to current activities in the relevant field, and specify any distinctive features of the project or the resources it will utilize. Students should also submit one letter of recommendation from one of the three readers of their thesis. The prospectus will be read by the Committee on Graduate Studies, who will also review each applicant’s graduate record. Awards will be made on the basis of the probable quality of the completed thesis and on the likelihood of its being completed within a year of the receipt of the Award.  Competition usually announced late February or early March, with awards announced early May.

Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative Writing: The Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative writing is an award given to a graduate student in creative writing on the basis of artistic and academic merit. Applications are evaluated in March, and the award winner in announced in April, at the department's annual Reception to recognize graduating seniors, masters candidates, and award winners.

Neal Chandler Creative Writing Enhancement Award:  Award given to a promising undergraduate student in the Creative Writing Program as determined by the Department Chair of the English Department and a selection committee.

Cleveland Arts Prize:  Award recipient determined by the English Department’s Committee on Instruction based on the following criteria: 1. Student who receives the Prize must be a current English undergraduate major specializing in literature and/or creative writing; 2. The student must show financial need; 3. The student must have graduated from a secondary school in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area; 4. The student must show academic promise.

Plain Dealer Writing Contest: The Plain Dealer Writing Contest is sponsored by the English department as a way of recognizing good expository writing as an aspect of student achievement. The contest is made possible by an endowment provided by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and gifts from English faculty members. Award entries are evaluated by a committee of two English professors and two Plain Dealer reporters. Entries are evaluated each year in March, and awards are given at the English department's annual Recognition Reception at the end of April.

V. Richard Gulbenkian Prize: Prize to honor undergraduate excellence in English. Recipient must have exhibited excellence in English as determined by the faculty and chair of the Englsh Department.

Donald W. Miller Scholarship: Established to provide scholarship for junior or senior year English majors at Cleveland State University who have demonstrated financial need and academic potential. A faculty and staff committee shall select awardees. The recipient of the Donald W. Miller scholarship will have demonstrated academic achievement, proven financial need, and shown great promise for successfully completing the degree.

Current 2013-2014 Award Winners

Andrews Award
Award Winner:  Bailey Capelle

Leonard Trawick Scholarship in Creative Writing
Award Winners: Michael Credico, Jessica Smith, Emily Troia

Neal Chandler Creative Writing Enhancement Award
Award Winner: Mathew Serback

Cleveland Arts Prize
Award Winner: Tucker Kelly

Plain Dealer Writing Contest Awards
Award Winners: Eva Sollazzo, Yvonne Stone, Carter Strong

Gulbenkian Award
Award Winner: Carter Strong

Donald W. Miller Scholarship
Award Winner: Rashida Mustafa

Spring 2014 Creative Writing Scholarship
Award Winners: Amber Taliancich Allen, Elisabeth (Boo) Geisse, Jamie Berilla- MacDonald, Megan Lutz, Cassandra DiMarino