English Department Scholarships

The English Department distributes five scholarships. Scholarships may be used for tuition (applied to student accounts) at GRCC. The deadline to apply for any of the five is 11:59pm on November 11, 2018.  

Click the title of any scholarship (or scroll down) to find more information about how to apply.

To apply for any of the scholarships below, complete the following steps: 

  1. Fill out the English Department Scholarship Application at grcc.edu/money.
     
  2. Applicants must also complete the General Application used by GRCC's Financial Aid Office to direct students to appropriate scholarship opportunities. To apply for an English Department Scholarship, students need to complete only the required portions of the General Application, which are starred with an asterisk.
     
  3. All English Department Scholarships require the submission of two files:
      -  a college transcript (first semester freshmen may apply without a transcript)
      -  and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

    College freshmen may apply without a transcript. Applicants will be asked to attach a transcript and a recommendation letter in file form, such as a .pdf file.
     
  4. Prepare/assemble any required materials such as essays, writing samples, or support letters. (See below for specific requirements for each scholarship). 

    Note: Acceptable file formats include MS Word documents (.doc and .docx) and PDF files.


English Department Scholarship

The English Department scholarship is funded by contributions made by the English Department faculty and staff. It is open to all students. For more information contact Prof. Maryann Lesert (mlesert@grcc.edu).

English Department Scholarship criteria:

  1. Proficiency in English courses
  2. Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  3. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a
  4. 3.3 GPA in English/Language Arts courses
  5. Submission of a writing sample

Application Requirements for the English Department Scholarship:

  1. Instructor recommendation
  2. A copy of your transcript showing a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.3 GPA in English/Language Arts courses
  3. A one-two page cover letter summarizing your eligibility for this scholarship, including your interest in English/Language Arts and your involvement in extra-curricular activities.
  4. Submission of a writing sample
     

Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship

Elva VanHaitsma taught at GRCC in the English Department for 30 years. She inspired her students through her love of poetry and literature. For more information contact Prof. Maryann Lesert (mlesert@grcc.edu).

Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship criteria:

  1. Submission of an original poem, short story, literary critique or research paper on a literary topic
  2. Demonstrated academic ability and commitment to completing a BA in English

Application Requirements for the Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship:

  1. Instructor recommendation
  2. A copy of your transcript showing your current GPA
  3. A one-two page cover letter summarizing your eligibility for this scholarship, including your commitment to completing a BA in English.
  4. Submission of an original poem, short story, literary critique or research paper on a literary topic
     

Creative Writing Scholarship

Up to $800 for resident/$900 for non-resident. Creative writing scholarships will be awarded to full-time students and are renewable based on satisfactory progress. Partial awards may be made to part-time students. For more information on the Creative Writing Scholarship, contact Prof. Kimberly Wyngarden (kwyngard@grcc.edu) or Prof. Maryann Lesert (mlesert@grcc.edu).

Creative Writing Scholarship criteria:

  1. Quality of writing 
  2. Demonstrated interest in the field of creative writing
  3. Grade point average will not be a determining factor in the selection process.

Application Requirements for the Creative Writing Scholarship

  1. Instructor recommendation
  2. a copy of your transcript showing current course completion
  3. Submit a 1-2 page cover letter on your writing history, interests, and goals.
  4. Submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages (single-space poems one per page, double-space fiction and creative nonfiction; use standard left-aligned spacing for playscripts or screenplays).

 

Dr. Phillip Sigal Peace and Justice Memorial Scholarship

Award amount: Up to $1,400. This scholarship is renewable. Those interested in applying for the Sigal Scholarship are advised to contact Prof. Maryann Lesert (mlesert@grcc.edu) to learn more about the scholarship and to discuss examples of successful applications.

Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated leadership or volunteerism in areas of the environment, housing, feeding and caring for the poor and the elderly, racism, multi-culturalism, inter-faith dialogue, international understanding, or other worthy peace and justice causes
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5

Application Requirements for the Sigal Scholarship

  1. Instructor recommendation
  2. A copy of your transcript showing current GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. An Essay of 500-1,000 words detailing your efforts on behalf of peace or justice causes (nature of the work, time spent doing the work, your commitment to any particular causes)
  4. 1-3 letter(s) of support from supervisors or others impacted by this work

 

The Barb and Helen Scholarship

The Barb LaBelle and Helen Beuker Scholarship for Women's Studies (Gender Studies) and Literature honors two English Department colleagues and friends for their passion for literature, their commitment to theatre, and the advancement of women in education. For more information on the Barb and Helen Scholarship, contact Prof. Maryann Lesert (mlesert@grcc.edu).

Barb and Helen Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated interest in 1 or more areas:
    • Course work in Women’s/Gender Studies
    • Course work in Literature and/or Drama as Literature classes
    • Theater involvement
    • Writing or publication
    • Newspaper involvement
    • Involvement in women’s organizations
  2. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Eligible after earning 12 semester credits

Application Requirements for the Barb and Helen Scholarship

  1. Instructor recommendation
  2. A copy of your transcript showing your current GPA
  3. An Essay of 500-1000 words describing your eligibility for this scholarship, including your educational pursuits and involvement in one of more of the required areas