Awards: Eligibility and Nominations

Virginia Walter Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding English major. Candidates, who are nominated by faculty, must have a GPA of 3.6 and have completed at least six upper-division English courses. The winner must be enrolled at the time of winning the award. Faculty wishing to nominate a student should submit a letter of recommendation to the Undergraduate Office. Nominees for the award will then be asked to submit the following:

  • an unmarked copy of an essay written for an English class
  • a C.V.
  • a letter describing their work as an English major.

A committee appointed by the Head in consultation with the Undergraduate Coordinator will judge the nominees based on their submitted materials, academic records, and faculty recommendations.

 

Joshua David Brown Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the outstanding rising junior in the English Department. Candidates, who are nominated by faculty, must have a GPA of 3.6. Faculty wishing to nominate a student should submit a letter of recommendation to the Undergraduate Office. Nominees for the award will then be asked to submit the following:

  •  an unmarked copy of an essay written for an English class 
  • a C.V. 
  • a 200-250-word statement describing your reasons for becoming an English major and the kind of study you wish to pursue (i.e., what are your interests in English studies? what brought you to the major? how are you using the major, and the various options it provides, to pursue your interests?).

A committee appointed by the Head in consultation with the Undergraduate Coordinator judges the nominees based on on their submitted materials, academic record, and faculty recommendations.

 

Undergraduate Prizes

The English Department awards two Undergraduate Essay Prizes for critical writing at the upper-division level: one for an essay focused on primary materials and one for an essay that makes extensive use of secondary sources. Faculty members may nominate no more than two essays written by their students. To nominate a student, the faculty member should submit three (3) sets of the following to the Undergraduate Office:

  • a clean copy of the nominated essay, free of any marks identifying the student and faculty member;

  • a copy of the assignment for the essay without the faculty member's name;

  • a separate cover sheet that includes the student's name, the faculty member's name, and a copy of the assignment.

 

Virginia Rucker Walter Poetry Prize

Every year, undergraduate students are invited to enter the annual Virginia Rucker Walter Poetry Prize. Students may submit up to three poems for consideration.
 
The competition is judged by a different UGA Creative Writing Ph.D. Program alumna/us each year. Information on how to enter the contest will be circulated through the English Department's undergraduate listserv in February. If you have any questions, you may email the Creative Writing Program: cwp [at] uga [dot] edu.