Department Scholarships

Numerous scholarships are available that recognize and reward outstanding achievements by English majors, including English, Creative Writing, and Teaching of English.  Several of our scholarships are specifically for future teachers of English.  Scholarship awards vary in value; most of them range from $300 to $3000, with a few scholarships giving nearly full tuition for a semester or year. Scholarships are generally applied to a student’s tuition and fees.


Applicants for these scholarships must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an English major and enrolled as a full-time student for at least one semester of the coming academic year. For example, in Spring 2016, scholarships will be given only to students enrolled full-time for at least one semester in 2016;
  • At the time of application, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 overall, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75/4.00 in English courses at Illinois;
  • By the end of spring semester, you must have completed at Illinois at least four English, Rhetoric, or Creative Writing courses beyond Comp I;
  • Throughout the application process, you must remain in good standing with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Due: MARCH 14.  Students interested in applying for these scholarships should complete the attached application and return it in hard copy to Jennifer Price, Department of English, 208 English Building; 608 South Wright Street; Urbana, IL 61801.  (Those studying abroad may submit electronically: Questions about the application process may be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Dale Bauer (

Click this link for the full application: Scholarship2016Application


The English Undergraduate Scholarship Committee will review the applications and determine the finalists for each scholarship.  Finalists will be notified in late March and asked to submit a writing sample of 8-10 pages, along with the names of two English faculty members who can supply letters of reference.

Final decisions will be made by the committee and applicants will be notified no later than June 30th. Spring semester grades will enter into these decisions.