Division of Languages and Literature

Scholarships

The Division offers several scholarships. Interested students are encouraged to apply by submitting application materials here by January 31st, 2021. Students may apply for consideration for more than one scholarship. Please see scholarship descriptions and application criteria below:

The John and Dorothy Merrill Scholarship

Delta State University’s top award for students involved with student publications. It was established in honor of Dr. John C. Merrill, a renowned journalist, educator, author, and Delta State University alumnus. Eligible recipients must have sophomore or above level status, attend full time and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and show financial need.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major as well as address financial need. Also attach a writing sample that represents your work with student publications.

The Weaver Betts Cotton Scholarship

The scholarship is presented to a full-time junior or senior woman who is majoring in English and who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, citizenship, and character. A minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA is required, and recipients should demonstrate mastery of, devotion to, and appreciation for writing and literature.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach a writing sample that represents your academic scholarship.

The Evelyn Hammett Scholarship Award in English

This award is presented to an English major who has completed her junior year at DSU and demonstrates outstanding writing ability.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach a writing sample that represents your academic scholarship.

The J’Nell Posey Coffman Memorial Scholarship

This award for creative writing was established by Charlie Coffman in memory of his wife, J’Nell Posey Coffman. It is awarded to an outstanding student in the creative writing degree program.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach a writing sample that is representative of your work as a creative writer.

The Annie Caulfield Winston Scholarship

This award is presented to a junior or senior English major selected on the basis of excellence in English, character, and general culture.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach a writing sample from an English course that represents your academic scholarship.

The John Hargrove Tatum Memorial Scholarship

Established in memory of Dr. John Tatum, who served for twenty years as Professor of German and Coordinator of International Studies, the scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving German or international full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates good character and exhibits a creditable academic record to date.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major.

The Rose Drake Burrell Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an English or History major who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, citizenship, and character.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach a writing sample that represents your academic scholarship in English or History.

Hazel and Grover Thornell Scholarship

Established in memory of Ms. Hazel Thornell, this award is given annually to an outstanding student in the division who exhibits passion for creative writing, particularly creative non-fiction.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach an informal essay from a creative writing class.

Dr. Maria Butler Endowed Retention Scholarship

In memory of Dr. Maria Butler, former faculty member of Languages and Literature, this scholarship is awarded to Mississippi residents majoring in a degree field within Languages and Literature. Recipients are classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors who identify financial need; they must also be in good standing with the University–upholding the guiding principles and embodying the core values of Delta State University.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major as well as address financial need.

Elizabeth Wynne Lewis Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship are English majors with junior or senior status who will teach in the public school system. They must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major.

Doyce Stallings Mitchell Scholarship

In memory of Doyce Stallings Mitchell, a 1939 graduate of Delta State Teachers College, this scholarship is awarded to a transfer student majoring in English. Recipients further possess high moral character, demonstrate outstanding academic performance, engage in civic and extracurricular activities, and exhibit outstanding moral skills. Final recommendations on this award are decided by the chair of the Division of Languages and Literature.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered for this award; include your overall GPA and GPA within your major. Also attach a writing sample that represents your academic scholarship.

The John R. Ford Shakespeare Award

Established in 2014 in honor of Professor John R. Ford, who taught Shakespeare at Delta State University for over thirty years, this award goes the author of the best essay on Shakespeare in the previous calendar year.

Application Criteria: Please submit a 500-word statement indicating your interest and why you should be considered. Also attach your Shakespeare essay written in 2020 and indicate its course (name and semester).

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