English Department Undergraduate Scholarships Application

The English Department Undergraduate Scholarships Application provides application for numerous scholarship opportunities, varying in number and amount and are awarded to students majoring in English. Scholarships recognize exceptional accomplishments in academic and creative endeavors. Eligible undergraduate students have distinguished themselves through academic excellence and service to the college or community, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA in the English major of 3.0 or higher. One application is completed for consideration of a variety of scholarship funds.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on current aid packages prior to completing an application.

For more general information or questions contact Erin Polnaszek Boyd, Academic Advisor, at erin.polnaszek.boyd@wisc.edu.

Department of English
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please indicate the number of courses completed for the English major to date, at UW-Madison or another institution, and list the courses by name and course number. (A minimum of 4 courses is required to meet the scholarship eligibility. Please do not apply if you have not completed 4 courses for the English major.)
  2. If you were a transfer student, how many courses transferred into the English major? Please enter 0 if you were a transfer student, but no courses transferred into the major or enter NA if you were not a transfer student. The question MUST have a response.
  3. What is your intended graduation term (ex: Spring 2024)
  4. What is your current gender (check all that apply)?
  5. Essay: Answer one of the following questions in a statement of 500 words or less. Indicate which statement you are answering by listing A or B. Option A - Describe a transformative insight you have had as an English major. This may relate to a specific course or area of study in your career as a student. OR Option B - What is the most meaningful way in which your English major coursework has prepared you to engage in the world outside the classroom?
  6. Essay: In 300 words or less, describe how one or more of your out of class experiences (work, volunteer, community engagement, sport, etc) have impacted your life, academic career and future plans.
  7. Essay: If you would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship, in 300 words or less describe any challenges you have had to overcome in pursuit of your academic goals.
  8. Work/Service/Volunteer History: Add up to 5 experiences, including the name of the experience, your role and how long you engaged in the experience. Enter in NA for not applicable to complete the required field.
  9. Recommendation: A letter of recommendation is required. Please provide the name and email of a recommender. (English Department Undergraduate Scholarships Application)
  10. (L&S) I authorize the release of information contained in my student records at University of Wisconsin-Madison to the appropriate scholarship selection committee for the purpose of evaluation and scholarship award selection. This can include high school, other institution, and UW-Madison course and grade information; UW-Madison academic and non-academic actions; test scores; admissions application content and financial aid information.
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