Scholarships

Eligible undergraduate students at Nevada are invited to apply for one or more of these awards. Amounts vary based on number of recipients, but generally range from $300 to $1,000.

The application deadline is March 1st at 3 p.m.

Recipients are announced in mid-April, and the annual awards ceremony takes place in early May.

How to apply for scholarships

Please complete the Department of English scholarship form for each award you apply for.

Important points:

  • You must complete the scholarship application in MyNevada to be eligible for any scholarships, including those for which faculty may nominate you. The application form must be completed annually between October 1 and May 31. There is a strong preference for those who complete this form by the February 1 priority deadline.
  • In order to be considered for scholarships that require or prefer financial need, you must complete the FAFSA or, for non-FAFSA eligible students, the institutional methodology form annually between October 1 and February 1. Pick one up in the English office. Follow all instructions.
  • Use a separate Department of English scholarship form for each application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Professor Sarah Hulse.

Esther Early Scholarship

To qualify

Full-time undergraduate English major (12+ credits); have completed at least two of the English major requirements (281/282, 298, 303), minimum 3.0 GPA as of January, with demonstrable financial need. May be renewed once if still full-time with 3.0 GPA.

To apply

In a personal essay, explain your academic status, interests, and current career goals; any special circumstances exacerbating your financial need; and any scholarships or grants you currently receive. Length: 500-1,000 words.

Thelma Ireland Scholarship

To qualify

Full-time undergraduate students demonstrating promise as a writer in any style. Must be a Nevada high school graduate. This scholarship is not renewable.

To apply

Submit two copies of a story, essay, or sequence of poems. Limit 2,500 words.

James H. MacMillan Scholarship

To qualify

Full-time undergraduate (12+ credits) or graduate (6+ credits) student in any major, writing the best poem or piece of prose about Nevada. Undergraduate minimum 2.75 GPA, graduate minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is not renewable.

To Apply

Submit two copies of a story, essay, or sequence of poems. Limit 2,500 words.

J. Lee Taylor Creative Writing Scholarship

To qualify

Full-time undergraduate writing major with minimum 3.0 GPA

To apply

Submit two copies of a 5-10 page sample of creative writing in any genre.

Department of English Critical Writing Award

To qualify

Full-time or part-time undergraduate major in English, writing an essay applying contemporary critical theory to a single major work or group of related works in British, American, or other Anglophone literature. May be a course assignment, but should be revised if necessary for a university-level general readership. This award is not renewable.

To apply

Submit two copies of your essay. Limit 2,500 words.

Ronald Memorial Dissertation Fellowship

To qualify

The award is open to Ph.D. candidates in the Department of English who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval for their dissertation prospectus. Preference may be given to candidates whose scholarly work has an environmental focus, but dissertations in any field of English are eligible for this award. This award is not renewable.

To apply

Submit eight copies of your approved dissertation prospectus.