Scholarships & Giving

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Become a partner in providing quality education for undergraduate and graduate students. Please consider designating your charitable giving directly to the English Department.  You can make an unrestricted gift for general support of the department or direct your gift for specific uses such as the scholarships listed below.

To contribute simply give online through the NIU Foundation website (http://go.niu.edu/ENGL-giving) specifying your gift be directed to the Department of English.

We appreciate your support! 


Scholarships

Listed here are undergraduate scholarships and awards administered by the English department. For university-wide merit-based scholarships, check with the University Honors Program. For additional scholarships and other forms of financial aid, check with the NIU Scholarship Homepage and with Office of Student Financial Aid.



Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards:

The Orville Baker Essay Awards

Each spring the English department holds a competition to select the best paper or papers written in an undergraduate English course during the year. It awards cash prizes to the authors of the winning papers. The usual deadline for submission of an entry comes in mid-April.

The Orville and Adra Baker Scholarship

The recipient of this endowed scholarship is selected each spring by the department's Undergraduate Studies Committee from students nominated by the faculty. To be eligible for nomination, a student must be a junior. The deadline for application is February 1.

Russell and Jeanne Durning Family Fund and Charles W. Hagelman Jr. Scholarship Fund

Each spring, this cash award is presented to one or more graduate and undergraduate students majoring in English who will be studying in England as part of the NIU at Oxford University Summer Program. Contact the department or study abroad office for additional information and application forms. The deadline is February 1.

The John C. and Judith M. Gurley Endowed English Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is awarded to an English major of junior or senior standing or a graduate student who demonstrates a desire to pursue a professional (i.e., non-teaching) career. Each scholarship awarded shall be for one academic year; however, prior recipients are eligible to apply for additional awards in subsequent years.

The Jeannie A. Hainds Award

Each spring, this cash award is presented to the outstanding student completing the department's teacher-certification program. The recipient is selected by the Committee on Initial Teacher Certification in English.

The Rosalie Hewitt Scholarship in English

This endowed scholarship is awarded each fall to a fulltime undergraduate English major on the basis of academic achievement, socio-economic background, career goals, and community service. The deadline for application is February 1.

The Richard H. Howland Poetry Writing Award

Each spring, late in April, the creative-writing faculty in English select for this cash award one or two outstanding students from the year's poetry-writing courses.

The Mike and Anne Malone Award for Short Fiction

This award is open to all full-time undergraduate students at NIU in good academic standing. All entries should be literary fiction and must be submitted in hard copy and be no longer than 15 double-spaced, typed pages. All entries must be made by blind submission with a cover sheet that includes the author's name, ZID number and contact information. Each page should include a header with ZID number. Hard copies should be submitted to Jodi Long, Undergraduate Studies in English office, Reavis 214.

The Linda and David Nelson Scholarship in English

This endowed scholarship is awarded each semester to an undergraduate English major seeking teacher certification and placed in student teaching. The criteria for the award are financial need, academic achievement, and promise of success as a teacher. Applications from students in the English teacher-certification program are solicited in the semester preceding student teaching.

Robert T. Self Award for outstanding papers in Literature and Film

One or two outstanding student papers from English majors who were enrolled in undergraduate and/or graduate film and literature classes over the past year. 

The Lynne Waldeland Scholarship in English

This endowed scholarship is awarded every fall to an English major newly enrolled at NIU. The chief criterion for the award is past and potential academic achievement. The deadline for application is 1 February. Applicants must have been admitted to NIU for the following fall semester.

The Marjorie K. Winters Department of English Scholarship

This scholarship is for a gifted student in good standing who demonstrates academic achievement and financial need, coming from a household with an annual income based on low-income thresholds.



Graduate Scholarships and Awards:

Russell and Jeanne Durning Family Fund and Charles W. Hagelman Jr. Scholarship Fund

Each spring, this cash award is presented to one or more graduate and undergraduate students majoring in English who will be studying in England as part of the NIU at Oxford University Summer Program. Contact the department or study abroad office for additional information and application forms. The deadline is February 1.

Arnold B. Fox Essay Award

This award is presented each year for the best essays submitted for graduate English courses. For information, please contact the Graduate Studies Director.

James M. Mellard Endowment for the Journal Style.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarship support for graduate students in English who will work on the journal Style in order to enhance the journal’s long-term quality. This may take the form of internships, service, and other “out of classroom” learning opportunities that may be a pivotal life experience in a student’s academic career. The scholarship may not be held at the same time as a graduate assistantship assignment to work on the journal. Undergraduates may be considered when suitable graduate candidates are not found; in that case, preference will be given to students who have applied to and been accepted into the Honors Program. Scholarship awards will be held for one academic year; however, prior recipients are eligible to apply for additional awards in subsequent years. The deadline is February 1.

Robert T. Self Award outstanding papers in Literature and Film

One or two outstanding student papers from English majors who were enrolled in undergraduate and/or graduate film and literature classes over the past year.

Harlan Teller Dissertation Award

The Harlan Teller Award, worth $1000, is announced in April for the best dissertation completed in the previous calendar year. Contact the graduate studies director for additional information.

The Gustaaf Van Cromphout Dissertation Support Scholarship

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarship support for graduate students in the process of completing their dissertation within the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Northern Illinois University.  The deadline is February 1.



Faculty Awards:

Schriber Scholars in Women’s Literature and Language

To perpetuate the work of feminist scholars in the English Department, Mary Suzanne Schriber, Professor Emerita, has endowed a fellowship that will fund faculty members’ research on women’s literature and language from a feminist perspective.  Graduate students will also participate in the program. The first Schriber Award Scholar was selected in academic year 2014-2015 for a term of two academic years. The next selection process will take place in 2016-2017.