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English Majors

Application information for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year is currently available.If you have specific questions about any scholarship listed here excluding the Jim Harrell Scholarship, you may contact Dr. Eric Vaccarella at (205) 665-6415. For the Jim Harrell Poetry Scholarship, please contact Jim Murphy at (205) 665-6420.

The deadline for all listed scholarships except the Jim Harrell Poetry Scholarship is February 6, 2015. Please submit all applications to Dr. Eric Vaccarella, Department of English and Foreign Languages, Station 6410 (Comer Hall, Room 101).

The English Department awards the following scholarships:

• For incoming freshmen majors

• For sophomores, juniors, and seniors

• For adult returning students

  • The English Merit Scholarship For Incoming Freshmen English Majors

    This scholarship, funded by an anonymous donor, provides a $3,500 award for an incoming freshman English major, beginning in the Fall semester.  Awardees who meet the established criteria will continue to receive $3,500 each academic year for a maximum of three additional years.

    Scholarships may become available for new sophomore, junior and senior applicants if the original awardees do not continue to qualify.

    Criteria for applicants:

    • High school GPA of 3.2 or higher
    • Completion of application form and all indicated requirements, including essay on designated topic
    • Two letters of recommendation from high school teachers
    • Recipients of other UM awards that cover more than 75% of total educational expenses may be considered only after those applicants with less scholarship support.

    Criteria for continuation of award:

    • Completion of at least 30 hours during the academic year with a GPA of 3.2 or above
    • Continued enrollment as an English major

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  • The Judy Nordan Trotter Memorial Scholarship For Incoming Freshmen English Majors

    This award of $600 is presented each year to an outstanding high school graduate.

    Priority is given to a graduate of a Shelby County high school who has been regularly admitted to the University of Montevallo and who intends to major in English. Students from surrounding counties may also be considered.

    Criteria for applicants:

    • High school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Graduation from high school in Shelby County or its surrounding counties
    • Involvement in school and community activities
    • Completion of application form including a one-page statement of career goals as an English major
    • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a high school teacher

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  • Melba Griffin Scholarship For Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

    The Melba Griffin Scholarship in English was established in 1998 according to the provisions of the will of Melba Griffin, a 1927 alumna of the University of Montevallo. Ms. Griffin, who studied English at the University of Montevallo, lived in Pequot, Minnesota, at the time of her death on October 12, 1996. Ms. Griffin’s generous bequest of $140,000.00 allows the English Department to grant up to four scholarships annually. Requirements and procedures:

    1. Applicants should be English majors and have sophomore, junior or senior status in the year the award is paid.
    2. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
    3. Eligible students should submit the following by February 6, 2015, to Professor Eric Vaccarella, Scholarship and Awards Committee, care of the Department of English and Foreign Languages:
    • A completed application form;
    • An unofficial copy of their most recent transcript from the Registrar’s Office indicating all completed classes and the classes for which they are currently registered;
    • A résumé;
    • An essay of between 600-800 words that responds to the following prompt, a quote attributed to the American author Maya Angelou: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
    1. The committee, after consultation with the full English Department, will select the winner(s).
    2. The award will be announced at the Honors Day ceremony. The scholarship for each student will be paid in two equal sums, dispersed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The amount of the award varies with available funding and the number of winners selected. Recent awards have been in the neighborhood of $1,500.

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  • The Cox Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in English For Juniors

    This scholarship was established by Mr. John Cox in 2012 to provide financial assistance to an English major at the University of Montevallo who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and strong potential for future success. The award provides $2,000 for use during the student’s junior year. One award will be made annually. Qualified applicants must be English majors, enrolled full time during the period of the award, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the period of the award. The scholarship will be awarded in two payments, $1,000 for use during the Fall 2015 semester and $1,000 for use during the Spring 2016 semester. The recipient will be chosen by selected members of the English and Foreign Language Department faculty.

    Requirements and Procedures:

    1. Applicants should be English majors and have junior status in the year the award is paid.

    2. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

    3. Eligible students should submit the following by February 6, 2015 to Professor Eric Vaccarella, Chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee, care of the Department of English and Foreign Languages:

    • A completed application form;

    • An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript from the Registrar’s Office indicating all completed classes and the classes for which you are currently registered;

    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members of the University of Montevallo Department of English and Foreign Languages who can speak to your performance as a student in the Department. Please note that letters cannot be from active members of the Scholarship and Awards Committee or from the current Department Chair;

    • An essay of between 800-1,200 words that addresses the following topic:

    Define what “Outstanding Achievement” as an English major means to you and discuss how you have demonstrated outstanding achievement as an English major at the University of Montevallo

    4. The Scholarship and Awards Committee will select the winner.

    5. The award will be announced at the Honors Day Ceremony. The scholarship for each student will be paid in two equal sums, dispersed at the beginning of the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

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  • The Cynthia Acosta Gravlee Scholarship For Juniors

    The Cynthia Acosta Gravlee Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in English and minoring or majoring in a Foreign Language. The scholarship is for use in the student’s junior year and may be renewed for up to one year if the student remains enrolled at the University of Montevallo, is continuing with his or her English and Foreign Language programs and has maintained at least a 3.0 average in both programs. The scholarship is awarded based on scholarship (a minimum 3.0 GPA) and evidence of humanitarian concerns through campus and community service. The recipient will be chosen by selected members of the English and Foreign Language Department faculty.

    Requirements and procedures:
    1. Applicants should be English majors with a Foreign Language major or minor and have junior status in the year the award is paid.
    2. Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
    3.  Eligible students should submit the following by February 6, 2015 to Professor Eric Vaccarella, Scholarship and Awards Committee, care of the Department of English and Foreign Languages:

    • A completed application form;
    • An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript from the Registrar’s Office indicating all completed classes and the classes for which you are currently registered;
    • A résumé including descriptions of campus and community service;
    • A brief essay of between 200-300 words that explains why you have chosen to major in English and major or minor in Foreign Language.

    4.  The committee, after consultation with the full Department, will select the winner(s).
    5.  The award will be announced at the Honors Day ceremony. The scholarship for each student will be paid in two equal sums, dispersed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The amount of the award varies with available funding and the number of winners selected. Awards will likely be between $500.00 and $1,000.00 per year.

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  • Southern Progress Scholarship For Senior English Majors

    Donated by the Southern Progress Corporation, this scholarship is intended to assist an outstanding English major with communications-related career goals. Criteria considered include GPA, choice of courses, participation in extra-curricular activities and the student’s articulation of career goals. This scholarship is awarded for support of studies during the senior year. The endowment for this scholarship is split between Graphic Design and English. The amount of the award may vary depending on the interest earned on the account but in the recent past has been roughly $500.00 per semester.

    Requirements and procedures:

    1. Applicants should be English majors with senior status in the year the award is paid.
    2. Eligible students should submit the following by February 6, 2015, to Professor Eric Vaccarella, Scholarship and Awards Committee, care of the Department of English and Foreign Languages:
    • A completed application form (attached).
    • An unofficial copy of their most recent transcript from the Registrar’s indicating all completed classes and the classes for which they are currently registered.
    • A résumé.
    • An essay of approximately 600 words that discusses their career goals.

    3.  The committee, after consultation with the full English Department, will select the winner.  Consideration will be given to the factors indicated above in the history and description of the scholarship.

    The award will be announced at the Honors Day ceremony. It will be paid in two installments during the recipient’s senior year.

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  • The Eva O. Golson Scholarship For Senior English Majors

    In April of 1985, The University of Montevallo, friends and former students established the Eva O. Golson Scholarship Fund as a tribute to Dr. Golson, whose career at the University spanned 46 years. The scholarship was intended to perpetuate the ideals of Dr. Golson: devotion to learning, love of language, commitment to scholarship and compassion for others. Each year since 1986, an outstanding English major with broad academic interests has been awarded the scholarship for use in the senior year. Requirements and procedures:

    1. Applicants should be English majors who have completed 60-89 hours and have at least a 3.4 GPA.
    2. Eligible students should submit the following by February 6, 2015, to Professor Eric Vaccarella, Scholarship and Awards Committee, care of the Department of English and Foreign Languages:
    • A completed application form;
    • An unofficial copy of your most recent transcript from the Registrar’s Office indicating all completed classes and the classes for which you are currently registered;
    • A résumé;
    • An essay of approximately 500 words that discusses your educational and career goals.

    The committee, after consultation with the full English Department, will select the winner. Consideration will be given to GPA, variety of courses taken, participation in extra-curricular activities and evidence of qualities such as the capacity for independent and original thought, the love of learning and a concern for others. The award will be announced at the Honors Day ceremony. It will be paid in two installments during the Golson Scholar’s senior year. The amount of the award varies with available funding; recent prizes have been in the neighborhood of $1,000.

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  • Sarah G. Palmer Adult Returning Student Scholarship For Adult Returning Students

    The Sarah G. Palmer Adult Returning Student Scholarship was established to honor long-time UM English professor Sarah Palmer upon her retirement in July 2000. For 32 years, Ms. Palmer was a beloved member of the UM community and one of the University’s truly outstanding teachers. She believed above all in the power of education to change lives. The scholarship created in her name is intended to promote her vision of the transformative power of education, especially in the lives of “nontraditional” or “returning” adult students. It was awarded for the first time for the 2008-2009 academic year and will be awarded on a one-time-only basis to an older student who has returned to school or entered college for the first time. Requirements and procedures:

    1. Applicants should be adult returning students of any major and usually have freshman or sophomore status in the year the award is made.
    2. The amount of the award will vary depending upon the interest earned on the account. The award for the 2015-2016 academic year will be in the neighborhood of $1,800. The scholarship will be paid in two equal sums, dispersed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and is non-renewable.
    3. Eligible students will need to submit the following materials by February 6, 2015,  to Professor Eric Vaccarella, Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Comer 101B, Station 6410:
    • A completed application form;
    • An unofficial copy of their most recent transcript from the Registrar’s Office indicating all completed classes and the classes for which they are currently registered;
    • A brief résumé;
    • A brief biographical narrative (no more than one typed page single-spaced)
    • An essay of between 500-800 words responding to the following prompt:

    “My life changed the day that. . . .”

    • Somewhere in the essay the applicant should touch upon their educational goals.

    Criteria for selection of award:

    1. Academic potential and motivation to complete a bachelor’s degree
    2. Consideration will be given to students who exemplify Sarah Palmer’s vision of the transformative power of education.
    3. The award will be announced at the University Honors Day ceremony.

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