English @ OU

Financial Aid

The university has a very active undergraduate scholarship program. Applications from incoming first-year students are automatically made when a student applies for admission to the university. That application must be submitted by February 1.

Continuing students apply online or, if necessary, by applying in person in Chubb Hall. The deadline is March 1st.


Scholarships

The English Department advises the Financial Aid and Scholarships office concerning the recipients of seven scholarships, the amounts of which vary according to endowment proceeds:

  • Hollis Summers Scholarship in English- for English majors of any rank.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how the applicant’s circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class. Selection will be based on academic merit.
  • Maria Grover Cherrington Scholarship - for English majors of any rank, who are residents of Ohio.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how the applicant’s circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class. Selection will be based on academic merit.
  • Bernice G. Essig Scholarship in English - for English majors of any rank on the Athens campus, with preference given to female students who are residents of Ohio.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how her or his circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class. An applicant must file a FAFSA in the Student Financial Aid Office to determine financial need. Selection will be based on academic merit and financial need.
  • Virginia Knecht Memorial Scholarship - for English majors of any rank, with preference given to residents of Athens County.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how the applicant’s circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class. Selection will be based on academic merit.
  • James and Meryl Abraham Memorial Scholarship - for current English majors who plan to pursue a masters degree in psychology or who participate in cheerleading. Preference will be given to students from Athens, Gahanna, or Huber Heights, Ohio.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how the applicant’s circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; and a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class.
  • Joyce Durham Scholarship in English - for English majors entering their final year of college, with a minimum overall 3.5 GPA. First preference will be given to students from Dayton, then Montgomery County, and then residents of Ohio. Strong preference will be given to students who 1) plan to pursue a career in education or 2) demonstrate a strong interest in Women's or African American Literature.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how the applicant’s circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; and a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class. Selection will be based on academic merit.
  • The Lash and Leete Memorial Scholarship for English majors.
    An applicant should submit the following: a cover letter of application, including a campus address and telephone number; a current DARS report; a one-page statement explaining how her or his circumstances fit the specifications of this particular scholarship; and a writing sample (of no more than five pages) representing his/her strongest work in an English class. An applicant must file a FAFSA in the Student Financial Aid Office to determine financial need. Selection will be based on academic merit and financial need.

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Scholarship availability and specific dollar amounts vary annually. Direct all questions and submit all applications to

Dr. Joseph McLaughlin,
Chair, Scholarship Committee,
303 Ellis Hall.
Contact Dr. McLaughlin by email .


Deadline for scholarship applications is 5:00pm, Friday, March 21, 2014.