Awards and Scholarships

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Overview

Each year, the English Department distributes nearly two dozen scholarships and awards recognizing excellence in undergraduate and graduate student writing. In the 2020-21 academic year, submissions for our scholarships and awards are due by February 1, 2021.

To submit work for consideration, students must (with certain exceptions noted below) use the University's scholarship application system. A few things to know about the system: 

  • To apply for our writing scholarships and awards, select the “English Department Writing Scholarships & Awards Application” form option in the initial system menu.  
  • This form includes submission fields for both our undergraduate- and graduate-level awards. Please take note of this distinction and only apply for those awards matching your student standing.  You can skip through any pages of the application with non-applicable submission categories.
  • Please note that you can submit materials through the English Department Writing Scholarships & Awards application form only once, so it is best to review the list of scholarships, determine the ones you're interested in, prepare your writing samples, and submit everything together, as it is not possible to submit additional materials after your initial submission.  
  • In past years, some students experienced problems with completing their submissions. After you have submitted your materials, if you want to confirm receipt, please email grdstudy@pdx.edu. After the deadline passes, we will email the applicant pools for each award to confirm receipt; if you do not receive this email, please contact us and we will work to fix any problems that have arisen.
  • Our scholarships and awards are judged anonymously, so you should not include your name or contact information on your submissions.
  • Many of our awards and scholarships are available to English majors and non-majors alike—let your friends know that they may be eligible, too!

Materials for following awards do not need to be submitted through the University's scholarship application: 

  • Nina Mae Kellogg Awards. These awards will be open to students selected by faculty nomination. This year’s Kellogg Award winners will be recognized in Fall 2021 at the next Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture. We will provide more information on the Kellogg Award nomination process in January 2021. 
  • Lawrence H. Vinis Awards. These awards recognize excellence in student writing produced in ENG 300 or WR 301. Faculty teaching ENG 300 and WR 301 will nominate student essays for the award. We will provide more information on the Vinis Award nomination process in January 2021.
  • Dennis Stovall First Edition Award (for Book Publishing graduate students). Stovall Award portfolios should be submitted by email to eng@pdx.edu. The February 1 application deadline also applies to the Stovall Award.
  • Technical and Professional Writing Graduate Award. This award recognizes the best graduation portfolio for a student in the Master's in Technical and Professional Writing program. Students who have applied for graduation in Spring term, or who graduated in the preceding Winter or Fall terms, should send a link to their final graduation portfolio to eng@pdx.edu by April 30.

Award funds for our 2021 awards will be paid in Spring Quarter 2021, and award winners (other than winners of the Nina Mae Kellogg Awards) will be recognized at a ceremony in the spring. All award funds are disbursed through Student Financial Services. We cannot guarantee the timing or method of payment of any award funds; in some cases award funds may be used to offset student loans or may be applied to student account balances.

Awards and Eligibility Criteria

All Student Awards
Undergraduate Awards
Graduate Awards

Awards for All Students (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Academy of American Poets Award

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate
  • Type: Poetry
  • Amount: $100, one-year membership to the Academy, and applicants under 23 years of age are considered for the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award.

The Academy of American Poets Award is presented for the best poem or group of poems in any theme or style (up to 3 poems). Winning poems may be selected for publication by the academy, a national organization.

Shelley Reece Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or Graduate
  • Type: Poetry
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Special Submission Instructions: Attach (1) a portfolio containing representative samples of work in the genre of poetry (20 manuscript pages or less); and (2) a personal statement indicating your goals as a writer, as well as your financial need.

The Shelley Reece Scholarship  in poetry is given to an undergraduate or graduate student interested in pursuing a career in the field of writing. The recipient must have completed a minimum of one year of coursework at PSU and will be selected for achievement, interest, and talent in the field of poetry writing, as well as demonstrated financial need.

Undergraduate Awards

Tom and Phyllis Burnam Nonfiction Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Type: Nonfiction
  • Amount: $1,250

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Nonfiction Scholarship is given to one undergraduate student for a piece of nonfiction prose written in a writing class (designated by "WR").

Tom and Phyllis Burnam Fiction Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Type: Fiction
  • Amount: $1,250

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Fiction Scholarship is given to one undergraduate student for a piece of fiction prose written in a writing class (designated by "WR").

Tom and Phyllis Burnam Poetry Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Type: Poetry
  • Amount: $1,250

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Poetry Scholarship is given to one undergraduate student for a piece of poetry written in a writing class (designated by "WR"). Up to three poems in one combined document may be submitted, no more than 20 pages.

Frank Andrew Clarke and Helen Clarke Memorial Award

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Type: Scholarly or Critical Essay
  • Amount: $100

The Frank Andrew Clarke and Helen Clarke Memorial Award is an undergraduate award for a scholarly or critical essay of excellence completed as a regular course assignment in an English (ENG), Writing (WR), or Writing Intensive Course (WIC).

Duncan Carter Writing Award

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Amount: $500

The Duncan Carter Writing Award will be awarded to an undergraduate student for the most outstanding piece of writing in a composition class (including WR 200, 211, 222, 300, 320, 323, 324, and 400).

The Marilyn Folkestad Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Special Submission Instructions: Attach (1) a portfolio containing a representative sample of your writing (20 manuscript pages or less) in any genre; (2) a personal statement indicating your goals as a writer; and (3) a list of three PSU faculty references, along with their contact information.

The Marilyn Folkestad Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who has returned to university study after a break, and who wishes to pursue a career in literature or creative writing. Candidates are required to demonstrate academic promise and writing talent.

Nina Mae Kellogg Awards

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Amount: $1,000

The Nina Mae Kellogg Awards recognize two outstanding undergraduate students.

The Nina Mae Kellogg Awards will be presented at the annual Kellogg Lecture, which will be held in Fall Quarter.  Invitations to compete for the awards are issued by English department faculty nomination.  Nominated students should submit 5 to 15 pages of sample written work from English or Writing courses you have taken at PSU.   

John Redman Freshman Writing Award

  • Eligibility: Work completed while in freshman class standing
  • Amount: $250

The John Redman Freshman Writing Award is offered annually for writing completed as a regular course assignment by a freshman.

Lawrence H. Vinis Award

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate 
  • Amount: $100

Three Lawrence H. Vinis Awards will be awarded each year for the best student essays written in ENG 300.  Faculty teaching ENG 300 will nominate essays for the award.

Graduate Awards

Tom Bates Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry
  • Amount: $2,000

The Tom Bates Fellowship is given to three incoming MFA students based on promise and achievement.  There is no application process; eligible students will be notified upon admission.  

Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Fiction Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Fiction
  • Amount: $1,250

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Fiction Scholarship is given to one graduate student for a piece of fiction prose written in a writing class (designated by “WR”). 

Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Poetry Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Poetry
  • Amount: $1,250

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Poetry Scholarship is given to one graduate student for a piece of poetry written in a writing class (designated by “WR”). Up to three poems in one combined document may be submitted, no more than 20 pages.  

Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Nonfiction Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Nonfiction
  • Amount: $1,250

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Nonfiction Scholarship is given to one graduate student for a piece of nonfiction prose written in a writing class (designated by “WR”). 

Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Award

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Fiction
  • Amount: $250

The Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Award is given for a work of fiction by a student enrolled in a graduate-level fiction writing course (designated by “WR”).

Marilyn Folkestad Graduate Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Special Submission Instructions: Attach (1) a portfolio containing a representative sample of your writing (20 manuscript pages or less) in any genre; (2) a personal statement indicating your goals as a writer; and (3) a list of three PSU faculty references, along with their contact information.

The Marilyn Folkestad Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who has returned to university study after a break, and who wishes to pursue a career in literature or creative writing. Candidates are required to demonstrate academic promise and writing talent. 

Philip Ford Graduate Award

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Amount: $250

The Philip Ford Graduate Award honors the best piece of original scholarship or criticism written for graduate credit in an English course (designated by “ENG”).

Giving Back Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Nonfiction

The Giving Back Fellowship is awarded to a first-year student in the graduate nonfiction writing program based on a writing sample, general achievement, and financial need. Eligible students will be invited to participate.

Dennis Stovall First Edition Award

  • Eligibility: Graduate
  • Type: Portfolio
  • Amount: $500
  • Special Submission Instructions: Submit by email to eng@pdx.edu between January 1 and February 1 with subject line "Dennis Stovall First Edition Award Submission." Submissions should take the form of a portfolio containing an example of your best work in each of two different areas of the publishing process: editorial, design, production, marketing, sales, and management. Any work completed for a Publishing class (including Publishing Studio, Publishing Lab, and any By Arrangement) since last year’s Kellogg Awards deadline is eligible. If you are unable to submit your portfolio as an electronic attachment (e.g. you designed a pop-up book), you should deliver a physical copy of your entire submission to the English Department office (FMH 310).

The Dennis Stovall First Edition award is given to the graduate student who best exemplifies the publishing program’s mission. 

Technical and Professional Writing Graduate Award

  • Eligibility: Graduates from Fall, Winter or Spring of the current academic year
  • Type: Portfolio
  • Amount: $500
  • Special Submission Instructions: This award recognizes the best graduation portfolio for a student in the Master's in Technical and Professional Writing program. Students who have applied for graduation in Spring term, or who graduated in the preceding Winter or Fall terms, should send a link to their final graduation portfolio to eng@pdx.edu by April 30. The subject line for the email should be "Technical and Professional Writing Best Graduate Portfolio Award Submission" and the email should contain the student's full name, PSU ID number and term of graduation.