To apply for a department award, please click here. Application deadline is April 15; final decisions are made by May 1.
Sigma advisor honored
Lecturer Ashley Bissette Sumerel was honored in the fall by the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society for her 5 years of excellence in her work as a sponsor for the UNCW chapter, Alpha Alpha Upsilon.
Interested in joining? Click here.
Want to see England the way Jane Austen saw it? You can -- if you are awarded one of the dozen or so fellowships that Mr. Charles F.Green III provides. details are here.
Your first step to getting a Wentworth is to figure out what author or literary figure you'd like to follow. And then fill out the form on this page.
Want to see where others have gone before? The complete list is here.
English in Action Showcase
Want to get a sampling of what other students have accomplished in their classes? Take a look.
(L-r) Lindsey Elaine Waters, Jennifer R. Wells, Chelsea Taylor, Christina Drake, Christian Bateman, Kevin McClary and Kristen Joyner were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society in a ceremony in November 2014 at UNCW. – Photo by Shirley Mathews
Awards and Honors
Scholarships and Awards
The Department of English sponsors a number of scholarships, including:
The Michael D. Wentworth Student Travel Fellowship
The fellowship fund, the gift of Mr. Charles F. Green III, provides around $23,000 annually to allow a select number of students to travel to sites, in America or abroad, associated with their favorite writers and works of literature.
Informational Meeting: TBA
Upcoming Wentworth Fellowship Application Deadline: TBA
Wentworth Fellowship Presentation: TBA.
Application (opens as Word .docx document)
Direct all questions about the Wentworth Fellowship to committee chair:
Find out more about about Wentworth Fellowships.
Applications for academic scholarships: UNCW uses an online process that matches students to all scholarships for which they meet the award criteria. Applicants for English Department scholarships should respond to each question on the application since they may be eligible for other scholarships, as well. For English Department scholarships, please be prepared to provide answers to the following:
- Have you received special recognition during high school and/or college?
- List the high school and/or collegiate honors/awards you have received.
- Describe a personal challenge or hardship that differentiates you from most of your peers. How has this influenced you?
- Describe what makes a great leader and give an example of how you have displayed leadership.
- Describe how your philosophy or belief system influences your academic work.
- Have you had a 5-year or more gap in your education since beginning a 4-year university or college? Enrollment at a community college without ever attending a four-year institution does not count.
- From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education?
As part of the English application, you’ll also be asked to upload an essay that best represents your academic work. You will be able to save an in-progress application and later return to complete it.
Applicants will be considered for all scholarships (listed below) for which they are eligible. Go to this link to begin the application process. Deadline for applying is March 1; final decisions will be made
by May 30.
The Louise Jackson Green Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an English major based on merit as a first priority, with exemplary moral character and leadership potential serving as secondary considerations. The student must be a formally declared English major with a concentration in literary studies and must be a rising junior or senior.
The award was established in 1999 by Charles L. Green III in honor of his mother.
List of Louise Jackson Green Scholarship recipients.
The Anne Green Saus Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to an English major with a concentration in literary studies or professional writing.
The scholarship will be awarded with merit as the first consideration and need (confirmed through the financial aid office) as a secondary consideration. The scholarship will be valued at the in-state tuition and fee rate in effect at the time of award plus a $200 book allowance.
The award was established in 1992 by Charles L. Green III in honor of his aunt.
List of Anne Green Saus Scholarship recipients.
The Sally Sullivan Scholarship
The recipient of this merit scholarship will be selected on demonstrated academic ability and will be given to an English major who is a
non-traditional student and also a single parent.
The award was established in 2008 by Sally Sullivan, a former English professor who retired in 2000, to recognize the needs of single parents.
The Gerald S. Rosselot Scholarship
The recipient of this merit scholarship will be selected on demonstrated academic ability and special achievement. Financial need will be a secondary consideration. The recipient will be a senior majoring in a degree program offered by the Department of English.
The award was established in 2012 by Nancy Rosselot, in memory of her husband, who was a professor in the English Department until his retirement in 1990.
The University Bookstore Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to two English majors at $125 each, to be used for textbooks and supplies at the University Bookstore.
Jo Ann Seiple Composition Essay Contest
First place winners in each of four categories receive a $100 gift card to a place of their choice; runners-up receive a $50 gift card. Collaboratively authored projects are eligible; winners will split the proceeds among the group. Categories include personal essay, rhetorical analysis, researched persuasive or argumentative paper, and multi-modal essay. All essays are due April 15, 2016, but may be submitted at any time during the school year before that date.
Please submit your essay by uploading it to this Dropbox account (http://dropitto.me/hallenbecks), with your name, email address, instructor, and preferred submission category at the top of the first page. Use "composition" as your password. In addition, make sure to complete our release form and submit it to your composition instructor or to Dr. Hallenbeck in Morton Hall room 160.
Photo at left: Jean Im shows her certificate for winning second in the Jo Ann Seiple Composition Essay Contest.
- Photo by Rory Laverty
In addition to cash prizes, all winners will be recognized at the Spring English in Action Showcase and published, with their permission, in the UNCW Composition Guidebook for the next school year.
Each student is limited to two submissions per school year, and all submissions must involve work done for composition classes during the 2015-2016 school year or during the preceding summer.
Who's eligible? Students in English 100, 101, 103, 200 or 201.
Deadline for applying: April 15
The Outstanding Graduating English Major Award
Awarded at spring graduation each year, English faculty choose a graduating major who, in their judgment, has worked hardest for the betterment of the department, its majors, and him or herself.
The Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Awarded at spring graduation each year, English graduate faculty choose a graduate student who, in their judgment, has worked hardest for the betterment of the department, its graduate students, and him or herself .