English & Writing StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

Scholarships & Awards

Unless otherwise noted below, students must maintain a minimum 80% average in 5.0 courses in order to be eligible for scholarships. For full information on Scholarships and Awards, and on eligibility, please go to Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Scholarships & Awards or visit Western Student Services Awards to search a database of scholarships, awards and bursaries available to Arts & Humanities students.

Need-Based Awards - Application required

Need-Based Awards are awarded to students based on a combination of academic merit, demonstration of financial need, and in some cases, non-academic requirements. To be considered for Need-Based Awards students are required to complete the Financial Assistance Profile Application (FAP). The FAP Application becomes available in mid-August each year through the Student Centre website. Please note that the deadline to submit the Financial Assistance Profile Application and any supporting documentation (if applicable) for Need-Based Award consideration is September 30. The FAP application is used for consideration for all need based awards, however, some awards also require supporting documentation.

Allan Gladstone Dow Scholarship

Awarded annually to a student in any year registered in an English program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who has demonstrated financial need and has maintained a minimum 80% average. Online financial assistance applications are available through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30th. This scholarship is offered through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program, and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. The Office of the Registrar will assess for financial need and then the Scholarship Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by Marguerite Ruth Dow, Professor Emerita, The University of Western Ontario, in memory of her uncle killed on active service during World War I, Alan Gladstone Dow. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: 1 at $750

Amy and Elliott Grieve Undergraduate Award in English

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering his or her second year, who is enrolled in a four-year degree program and pursuing an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in English Language and Literature, based on financial need and a minimum of 75% in one of English 1020, English 1022 or English 1024. Applications can be accessed through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities will select the recipient once financial need is determined by the Office of the Registrar. This award was established through Foundation Western by Mrs. Shirleyan English (BA Journalism `62) in memory of her parents, Amy and Elliott Grieve. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: 1 at $1,100

Audrey Brown Pritchard Award in English

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in Year 2 or higher who is pursuing a three- or four-year Bachelor degree with an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in English Language and Literature, based on financial need and academic achievement (minimum 70% average). Preference will be given to female candidates from Southwestern Ontario, and Chatham-Kent in particular. Applications can be accessed online through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will select the recipient. This award was established by a gift and bequest through Foundation Western from Ross E. Pritchard and the Late Audrey Brown Pritchard (BA'54, English.) This award has benefitted from proceeds from the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) programs and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year. Value: 2 at $2,000

Dr. Betty Bandeen Undergraduate Award in English

Awarded in even years to a full-time undergraduate student in a four-year degree program pursuing an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in English Language and Literature, based on financial need and academic performance. Preference will be given to students who are Ontario residents. Applications can be accessed through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities will select the recipient once financial need has been determined by the Office of the Registrar. This award was established with Foundation Western by Dr. Robert Bandeen in memory of his sister, Betty Bandeen, who was a faculty member with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year. Value: 1 at $1,900

Douglas Kneale 125th Anniversary Alumni Award in English

Awarded to a full-time student in Year 3 of an Honors Specialization or double Major in English Language and Literature based on academic achievement (minimum 70% average) and financial need. Applications can be accessed online through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarships and Awards Committee will select the recipient. This award was established by Dr. J. Douglas Kneale (BA '78, MA '79, English) with Foundation Western. This award is offered through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) program, and recipients must meet Ontario residency requirements. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: 1 at $700

Edward J. Izrael 125th Anniversary Alumni Award in English

Awarded to a full-time student in Year 2 or higher of a four-year degree program in English based on academic achievement (minimum 70% average) and financial need. Preference will be given to students in Year 2. Applications can be obtained through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. The Office of the Registrar will determine financial need and the recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This award was established by Ms. Helen Izrael through Foundation Western in memory of her son Edward J. Izrael (BA'69, BEd'69). Effective 2015-16 academic year. Value: 1 at $900

Gordon and Myrtle Stevenson Scholarship in English (2)

Awarded to a full-time student in English based on academic achievement (minimum 80%) and financial need. Preference will be given to students who attended high school in a rural area. Applications are available through Student Center and must be completed by September 30. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This scholarship was established by Marjorie Stevenson Miller (BA Arts '57) through Foundation Western to honour her parents Gordon and Myrtle Stevenson. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: 1 at $3,200

Awarded annually to a full-time student in third or fourth year English, based on academic achievement (minimum 80%) and financial need. Preference will be given to students who attended high school in a rural area. Applications are available through Student Center and must be completed by September 30. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This scholarship was established by Marjorie Stevenson Miller (BA Arts '57) to honour her parents Gordon and Myrtle Stevenson. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: 1 at $2,200

Mary and George Turnbull Award in Arts

Awarded to a student in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities who has demonstrated financial need and has achieved a high 'B' average. Preference will be given to students majoring in English. Application forms can be obtained from Student Center, and must be completed and returned by September 30. This fund was established through Foundation Western. Value: 1 at $2,500

Neen Hodgins Scholarship

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering the second year of a four year degree program and pursuing an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in English within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, based on academic achievement, financial need and a demonstrated commitment to the study of English at Western. The online Financial Assistance Application can be accessed through Student Center and must be submitted by September 30. As part of the application process, students must submit a one-page statement outlining their aspirations and motivations in choosing to attend Western and pursue a degree in English. Deadline for submission of application and statement is September 30. A selection committee of the Department of English will review all statements and select the recipient once financial need has been determined by Student Financial Services. These scholarships were established with Foundation Western by a generous gift from William Hodgins (BA '54). Effective 2014-15 academic year. Value: 1 at $25,000

Merit-Based Awards - Application required

Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry

Awarded to full-time students in any undergraduate degree program based on a submission of poetry that is original, titled, and previously unpublished. Poems must be in English and may use any style of poetry. Poems will be judged for their originality, and for their use of form and technique, traditional or contemporary, in a skillful and creative way to create or intensify themes or effects. The total entry is not to exceed 4 pages for a maximum 150 lines and must be submitted to the Department of English by March 31. Further details regarding the format of submissions can be obtained from the Department of English. Recipients will be selected by a committee in the Department of English that will include at least one published writer from London and/or the University community. This award was made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Alfred Poynt. Value: 1 at $350 Effective: 2016-2017 academic year. See contest rulesValue: 1 at $350

Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing

Awarded competitively to an undergraduate student (including students at the affiliated colleges) who exhibits a developing talent for creative writing on the basis of a portfolio of submitted writings (prose, fiction, poetry or drama) that has not so far been published or won an award in any other competition. Tenable once. Application should be directed to the Department of English by February 1. This award was made available by Mr. B. Franklin Shostack and Dr. Zane Cohen in memory of the late Lillian Kroll. See contest rules. Value: 1 at $250

Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Writing Award

Awarded to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident registered in any undergraduate or graduate program at Western who submits, in English or French, any personal and recent work of creative writing, in any genre or length, on a theme of Canadian Heritage, that has not so far been published or entered in any other competition. Application should be directed to the Associate Dean of Arts by February 1. Established through the generosity of Marguerite R. Dow, Professor Emerita, The University of Western Ontario, who taught English and Drama in the Faculty of Education from 1965 to 1985. The number and value may vary at the discretion of the selection committee. See contest rules. Value: Up to $1,000

Merit-Based Awards - Application NOT required

Avie Bennett Prize in Canadian Literature

Awarded annually for the best essay written by an undergraduate student registered in a Canadian Literature course at the Constituent University. Every year instructors of Canadian literature courses will be invited to recommend the best essay submitted for credit within the current academic year. The essays must be submitted for adjudication by April 30. The Chair of the Department of English will name a panel of three Canadian literature specialists to review the submissions and, within three weeks of the submission deadline, select the recipient. Value: 1 at $500 plus a complete set of The New Canadian Library

Baldwin Family Scholarship in English Language and Literature (2)

Awarded to students entering the second year of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature or a double Major including English Language and Literature, who have achieved an average of at least 80% in their first year, and who will not be the recipients of any other scholarship of $3,000 or above. These scholarships were established with Foundation Western by the late Bentley (HBA '35) and Lorna (BA '36) Baldwin, and William (LLD '78) and Lucile (BA '31) Baldwin. Value: 2 at $900

Bentley Scholarship in English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with an Honors Specialization or Major in English Language and Literature or English Literature and Creative Writing, who has received the highest overall average in English 1022E. The Scholarship Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will select the recipient each fall. This award was established with a generous gift from Dr. David M.R. Bentley, FRSC, FRSA, Distinguished University Professor, Carl F. Klinck Professor in Canadian Literature, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Dr. David M. R. Bentley specializes in Canadian literature and culture and in nineteenth-century English literature and art, especially in the poetry and painting of the Pre-Raphaelites. At the heart of his work lies both a love of literature in and of itself and an enduring curiosity about the ways in which it serves as a crossroads where science, philosophy, religion, politics, aesthetics, economics, and psychological theories meet, interact, and find imaginative expression. For his contributions to Canadian literary scholarship, he was awarded the Killam Prize and the Ontario Premier's Discovery Award, and for his longstanding, engaged teaching (including of English 1022E: Enriched Introduction to English Literature), he was the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Value: 1 at $1,500

Bounce Scholarship

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with the highest academic achievement in a course in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (period 1660-1780). Students taking an online course in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature will not be eligible for the award. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarships and Awards Committee. In the event of a tie, the recipient will be determined by the 18th-centuryists of the department who can review the course work collectively and recommend the winner. This award was established by Professor Lisa Zeitz, a faculty member in the Department of English, who dedicated her life to the understanding and teaching of a witty, complex and rewarding age in literature. The award is named in honour of Alexander Pope's large and beloved dog, "Bounce"; celebrated in portraits, verse and letters, Bounce was the subject of the last couplet the poet wrote: "Then Bounce ('tis all that Bounce can crave)/ Shall wag her Tail within the Grave." Value: 1 at $1,700

Frances Weir Gold Medal and Scholarship

Awarded to a student in an Honors Bachelor degree where preference is given to a student who meets the requirements for a double Major in English and History, however, consideration will be given to a student with an Honors Specialization in either English or History and a Major in the other subject. Established as a gift of Mr. Samuel E. Weir, Q. C., through the Weir Foundation, in memory of his sister Miss Frances Martha Weir who died in 1959 and, who was, at the time of her graduation in 1916, the winner of the Governor General's Medal, which was awarded to the best student in the Honors English and History program. Value: Gold Medal and $400

John McEachern Scholarship

Awarded to the student in an Honors Bachelor degree with the highest standing in third year of a double Major in English Language and Literature and History, tenable in fourth year. Established in memory of Dr. Thomas E. Carr, BA '35. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year. Value: 1 at $1,000

K.P.R. Neville Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student with an average of at least 80% who is entering second year of an Honors Bachelor degree with a double Major in English Language and Literature and French, English Language and Literature and German, or English Language and Literature and History. Value: $300

Kathleen V. Pearce Scholarship

Awarded to the student proceeding to the third year of an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature with the highest standing in English courses at the 2200-level or above in second year. Established through Foundation Western by a generous endowment by William M. Pearce in memory of his wife Kathleen, (MA '65 English). Effective: 2013-2014 academic year. Value: 1 at $300

Kristin Brady Memorial Prize

Awarded to a top graduating student in an Honors Specialization English Language and Literature or an Honors Double Major including English, usually the student with highest standing in fourth-year English Honors courses. Adjudicated with reference to academic achievement and also financial need. Selection will be made by the Chair of the Department of English (or designate) in consultation with Financial Aid Services. This prize was made possible by the generosity of many individuals in memory of Professor Kristin M. Brady, an admired teacher and scholar in the Department of English until her death in 1998. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: $900

Marguerite Torney Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time student entering Year 3 of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature or a double Major including English Language and Literature who achieved the highest overall average in Year 2. The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarships and Awards Committee. This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from Marguerite Stoner Torney (BA '81) through Foundation Western. Value: 1 at $500

Mary R. Stewart Scholarship

Awarded to a student entering third year of an Honors Bachelor degree with a double Major in English Language and Literature and French, who achieved the highest academic average in second year. In the case of a tie, preference will be given to a female student. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarships and Awards Committee will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from Mary R. Stewart (HBA '39) through Foundation Western. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year. Value: $2000

Rhoda Ann Rinn Scholarship in English Literature

Awarded on the basis of academic standing in first-year Arts or Social Sciences to a student who enrols in the second year of an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature. The winner will be selected by the Scholarship Committee, on recommendation of the Department of English. The student selected must maintain at least an 80% average and remain in the Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature. If a student does not retain the award, another student in the same year will be selected to replace him/her. This scholarship was established as a memorial to his mother by the late Lionel Harris Rinn, Honors English graduate of this University. Tenable in the Constituent University only. Effective: 2010-2011 academic year. Value: 1 at $1,500 for 3 years

Rod McQueen Scholarship in English

Awarded to a full time undergraduate student in his or her third year of the Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature or English Literature and Creative Writing, or a Double Major including English Language and Literature, in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be eligible to continue receiving the scholarship in fourth year provided he/she remains in the Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature or English Literature and Creative Writing, or a Double Major including English Language and Literature, and maintains an academic average of 70% and a full time course load. Preference will be given to a student with a demonstrated interest in journalism. Students should submit a letter of application to the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English and Writing Studies by September 30. The scholarship committee in the Department of English and Writing Studies will select the recipient. Only one student can hold this award at any one time. This scholarship was established by Mr. Mark McQueen (BA'88) to honor his father, Dr. Roderick Moir McQueen (BA'67). Effective: 2014-2015 academic year. Value: 1 at $2,000

Stanley Jay - Myrtle Rowntree Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a student in third year of an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average). The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarships and Awards Committee. This scholarship was established by the Rev. Stanley Jay (BA '56) and the Myrtle Rowntree estates. Effective: 2015-2016 academic year. Value: 1 at $1,300

Thomas F. McCracken Scholarship

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student beyond year 1 who is registered in a program in English Language and Literature based on academic achievement (minimum 80% overall average). The recipient will be selected by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in consultation with the Department of English. This scholarship was established by a generous bequest from the estate of Rena Thomson. Effective: 2016-2017 academic year. Value: 1 at $3,000

Timothy Findley Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering third year and enrolled in a four-year degree program which includes an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in English Language and Literature or Film Studies, based on academic performance (minimum 80% average). Preference will be given to a student who has taken courses in Writing. The Scholarship and Awards Committee in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities will select the recipient. This scholarship was established by Susan Carlyle (LLB'82) as well as other family and friends of Timothy Findley. Effective: 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 academic years inclusive. Value: 1 at $1,057

William Ferguson Tamblyn Scholarships (2)

Awarded to two students entering the fourth year of an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature, who, on the recommendation of the Department of English, have shown the highest degree of academic excellence in English. Endowed by Mrs. Victoria Tamblyn Egeler in memory of her brother, who was Professor of English in this university from 1901 to 1949 and Head of the Department for 43 years. Effective: 2012-2013 academic year. Value: 2 at $1,500

William Ware Tamblyn Scholarship

Awarded to the student entering fourth year of an Honors Specialization in English Languaage and Literature who, on the recommendation of the Department of English, has shown the highest degree of academic excellence in English. Endowed by Mrs. Victoria Tamblyn Egeler in memory of her father who was from 1866 to 1903, a teacher of English and Modern Languages in Ontario schools. Effective: 2011-2012 academic year. Value: 1 at $1,500

William Wyatt Scholarship in English Language and Literature

Awarded to the highest ranking student entering second year of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature or a double Manjor including English Language and Literature. Established through a generous bequest by the late William Wyatt of London. Value: 1 at $350