Awards & Scholarships

The English Department gives a variety of annual awards and scholarships to both majors and students in our general education classes. For more information on English Department Awards, please contact Dr. Patricia Davies Pytleski or Dr. Kristina Fennelly.

Awards
  • Bartholomew Award in Writing

    Funded by a trust donated by Professor Marguerite Bartholomew, who taught English at KU from 1959 to 1977, this award goes to the student who has written the best Freshman English Composition of the year. Applicants may be of any major. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of a Freshman English Composition essay written between March 1 of the prior year and the present.  Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

  • Bennett Harris Humorous Writing Award

    Funded by a trust in honor of the late Bennett Harris, Professor of English, this award goes to the writer of the most humorous fiction or nonfiction work. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of an essay or story written between March 1 of the prior year and the present.  Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words.  Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

  • Emma Richards-Bausch Award in Literary Criticism

    Funded by a trust started in 1983 by Professor Emma S. Richards, who taught criticism at KU from 1965 to 1983, this award honors the senior who has written the best critical paper of the academic year. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of any paper written between March 1 of the prior year and the present.  Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

  • Karen Blomain Award in Fiction

    The Karen Blomain Fiction Award will be given to the student writer who has produced the best original piece of prose fiction in short or long forms. This award was established in memory of Prof. Karen Blomain, novelist, poet, and playwright, who taught in the English Department’s Professional Writing Program from 1991-2007 and co-advised Shoofly for three years. Other student fiction may be submitted for the award by professors or by the student writers themselves.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.

  • Mary S. Kittel Award in Writing for Social and Environmental Justice

    Mary S. Kittel was a writing major, former editor of The Keystone, organizer of the first KU Earth Day, and KU alumna who went on to a professional writing career with Rodale Press and authored several health and fitness books. The award will be given to the best essay written on an issue involving the environment, health, education, human rights, or social justice. Essay should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

  • Raymond W. Ford Award in Poetry

    This award is funded by a trust started in 1996 by Dr. Raymond W. Ford, who chaired the KU English Department from 1962 to 1979, and is given to the best student poet of the current year. Faculty members or students may submit a typed copy of any paper written between March 1 of the prior year and the present.  Poems should not include author’s name.  Attach cover sheet with name; student number; local, permanent, and email addresses; phone number; essay title; and instructor’s name.  A cash award.

  • Newton & Edna Geiss Award for English Scholarship

    Funded by a trust donated in 1965 by writers Newton and Edna Geiss, this award goes to the graduating senior with the highest quality point average in English.

  • Outstanding English Major Award

    Funded by the English Department and the English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities, this award goes to the most outstanding English major who is a junior or senior. The winner is nominated and elected by the English Department Faculty.

Scholarships
  • Deatrick Scholarship Award in English

    This scholarship is funded by a trust donated in 1964 by Anna Louise Mitchell on the 50th anniversary of her graduation from KU and dedicated to the memory of her father, Professor W. W. Deatrick, who taught English here for 32 years.  Applicants must intend to teach English and must have either English or Secondary Education/English or Communication as a Major.  Applicants must be at least sophomores. Seniors graduating in May or August of the awarding year are not eligible.   Submit grade transcripts, representative writing samples, and letter of application, which includes name, age, major, class standing, QPA, service to school and community, and a brief explanation of career goals

  • Keystone Newswriting Scholarship

    This scholarship is established by the English Department faculty to recognize outstanding skills and contributions by a continuing undergraduate student who has written an article or series of articles for The Keystone between March 1 of the prior year and the present.  Submit published clips and a letter of relevant explanation about the work.   Include name; student number; local, permanent, and e-mail addresses; and phone number.

  • Dr. Walter Nott English Scholarship

    This scholarship is funded in honor of Dr. Walter Nott, a former KU professor in the English Department. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student majoring in English and entering into his/her senior year.  Additionally, the applicant should demonstrate dedication to the major of English and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to those applicants who intend to continue his or her course of study upon graduation from Kutztown University and to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Interested students should submit an application to the English Awards/ Honors/ Scholarships Committee as soon as possible.  Applicants should submit a letter defining their interest in studying literature after graduation, their career goals, and what receiving the scholarship would mean for them.  Applicants should also submit their strongest Kutztown University literature paper.

  • Hearst Foundation Scholarship in Professional Writing

    This scholarship is given to an English/Professional Writing major who has at least a 3.5 GPA in the major, has earned at least 96 credits, and is a continuing student. (No application needed)

  • Ruth Bonner Scholarship

    Funded by Ruth Bonner, Class of 1921, to provide scholarship aid to a worthy English Major with financial need who has earned at least 90 credits, has an overall QPA equivalent to B+, and a major QPA of A.

Past Recipients
  • 2019

    Awards

    Carl Seiple Award

    • Ella Luzzi
    • Jaden DeFazio

    Emma Richards-Bausch Award in Literary Criticism:

    • Anna Nissley

    Raymond W. Ford Award in Poetry:

    • Grace Wein

    Karen Blomain Award in Fiction:

    • Jessica Garrison

    Bartholomew Award in Writing:

    • Rebecca Schweitzer

    Mary S. Kittel Award in Writing for Social and Environmental Justice

    • Ryder Huey

    Bennett Harris Humorous Writing Award:

    • Conway Lynch

    Keystone News Writing Award

    • Kyle Krajewski

    George K. Monroe Memorial Award in Linguistics

    • Gregory White

    Geiss Award for English

    • Adeena Woodard

    Outstanding English Majors:

    • Anna Nissley
    • Adeena Woodward

     

    Scholarships

    Deatrick Scholarship Award in English:

    • Sabrina Chatih

    Ruth Bonner Scholarship

    • Thomas Heasley

    Hearst Foundation Scholarship in Professional Writing

    • Zoey Adam

    Keystone News Writing Scholarship

    • Kaylee Lindemuth

    Dr. Walter Nott Scholarship

    • Emily Harrington
  • 2018

    Awards

    Bartholomew Award in Writing

    • Jaden Hudson

    Bennett Harris Humorous Writing Award

    • John Lukan

    Emma Richards-Bausch Award in Literary Criticism

    • Samantha Paine

    Karen Blomain Award in Fiction

    • Samantha Paine

    Mary S. Kittel Award in Writing for Social and Environmental Justice

    • Samantha Paine

    Raymond W. Ford Award in Poetry

    • Samantha Paine

    Newton & Edna Geiss Award for English Scholarship

    • Sara Nicotra

    Outstanding English Major Award

    • Dallas Ernst and Samantha Paine
       

    Scholarships

    Deatrick Scholarship Award in English

    • Emily Dietrich

    Keystone Newswriting Scholarship

    • Kaylee Lindemuth

    Hearst Foundation Scholarship in Professional Writing

    • Dontez Jolly

    Ruth Bonner Scholarship

    • Adeena Woodward
    • Emily Dietrich
  • 2017

    Bartholomew Award in Writing

    • Ashley Stein

    Bennett Harris Humorous Writing Award

    • Bryce Johle

    Deatrick Scholarship Award in English

    • Allison Conrad

    Emma Richards-Bausch Award in Literary Criticism

    • Kayla Woodington

    Karen Blomain Award in Fiction

    • Bryce Johle

    Keystone Newswriting Scholarship

    • Justin Sweitzer

    Mary S. Kittel Award in Writing for Social and Environmental Justice

    • Stephanie Jack

    Raymond W. Ford Award in Poetry

    • Madison Gross

    Dr. Walter Nott English Scholarship

    • Macey Tanseco

    Newton & Edna Geiss Award for English Scholarship

    • Kim Winters

    Hearst Foundation Scholarship in Professional Writing

    • Kim Winters

    Ruth Bonner Scholarship

    • Stephanie Jack

    Outstanding English Major Award

    • Shubham Maini & Kim Winters