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Scholarships

The following scholarships are available on a yearly basis to undergraduate students majoring in English. The application deadline is typically in early April; the Selection Committee subsequently makes its decisions by the end of April. These scholarships not only provide a modest financial boost in the following academic year, but can also enhance a resume as students enter the job market or apply for graduate school.

Look for flyers posted on the English Department bulletin boards or stop by the Academic Advising in the English office in LA 133 for further details about any of the above scholarships and/or application deadlines (the deadline for applications has typically been on the first Friday after Spring Break, with materials due in the mailbox of the department´s academic adviser in LA 133).

NOTE: Students may apply jointly for the Maureen Mansfield and Rose Southworth Megee scholarships; if doing so, please make this clear in your application package and/or in your letter of application. Applicants should address their letter(s) of application to the Scholarships Selection Committee.

Helen J. Olson Scholarship

Amount: varies (typically $1,500-1,800, divided among up to three recipients).
Eligibility: Students must (1) have declared a major in English; (2) attain junior or senior status (i.e., at least 60 credits) by the conclusion of the Fall semester of the following academic year; (3) have a GPA of 3.4 or higher; and (4) be certified as eligible for financial aid by completing a "Need Analysis for Scholarships" form through the Financial Aid Office.
Application: Submit (1) an original expository essay, previously submitted to an English faculty member as a class requirement (a clean, revised copy is acceptable); (2) a one-page, single-spaced letter of application in which you introduce yourself, confirm your eligibility, briefly describe the assignment parameters of the accompanying essay (noting page length and thematic requirements), and briefly describe the significance of the essay in the context of your studies; and (3) a current transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted).
Essays will be judged on the basis of scholarly promise, the quality of ideas, and clarity of argumentation.

Maureen Mansfield Scholarship

Amount: varies (typically $800-1,200).
Eligibility: Students must (1) have declared a major in English with an emphasis in literature; and (2) attain junior or senior status (i.e., at least 60 credits) by the conclusion of the Fall semester of the following academic year.
Application: Submit (1) a letter of application in which you introduce yourself (personally and/or in the context of your studies at U.M.) and briefly argue for your candidacy; (2) a recent transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted); and (3) two brief letters of recommendation from English department faculty.
Criteria: This award seeks to benefit students who exhibit a consistently strong academic record and who reveal a commitment to education.

Rose Southworth Megee Scholarship

Amount: varies (typically $600-800).
Eligibility: Students must have declared a major in English with an emphasis in literature; must attain junior or senior status (i.e., at least 60 credits) by the conclusion of the Fall semester of the following academic year.
Application: Submit (1) a letter of application that confirms and briefly argues for your candidacy; (2) a recent transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted); and (3) two brief letters of recommendation from English department faculty.
Criteria: This award seeks to benefit students who exhibit a consistently strong academic record and who reveal a commitment to education.


One additional scholarship is awarded annually by faculty nomination: THE FREEMAN AWARD, established in 1993 by Harold G. Stearns in memory of his wife, Jean Kountz Stearns, provides $100 to an English major at The University of Montana.