Scholarships/Awards

The Margaret B. Bryan Award for Undergraduate Excellence

This award is given to an undergraduate for academic excellence in English.   It honors the memory of Margaret Bryan, a valued member of the English Department faculty until her death in 1975.  The award is provided by Mr. Bill Bryan.   Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award:  $100.


The Robert M. Wallace Award for Undergraduate Excellence

This award is also given to an undergraduate for academic excellence in the study of English.  This award is presented in memory of Dr. Bob Wallace, the first person to serve as Chair for the UNC Charlotte Department of English.   Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award:  $100.


The Anne R. Newman Graduate Student Award

Provided by Dr. Paul R. Newman, this award is given to the most outstanding graduate student who has completed the M.A. degree in English during the past year.  This award is permanently endowed by a gift from her husband in order to honor the memory of Anne Newman, a valued member of the English Department at the time of her passing in 1982.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award:  $100.


The J. Murrey Atkins Library Graduate Student Award

Sponsored by the Atkin’s Library, this award is given to an outstanding graduate student in English who has shown a strong commitment to professional development and academic excellence through any of the following: publication, research, national awards, grants, fellowships, conference presentations, acceptance to MFA or PhD programs, service in professional organizations, editing, teaching, community engagement, public service, or other distinction in any area of English studies.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $100.


The Kay Horne Public Service Award

Named in honor of Kay Horne who served this department as Administrative Assistant for 26 years, this award is given to an undergraduate English major with an outstanding GPA who has made a significant contribution in the area of public service outside the University. Nominations may be made by faculty or students (students may also nominate themselves); nominations should document the student’s public service.  Amount of award: $100.


The Deborah S. Bosley Technical Writing Award

This award is given annually to support one graduate student in the Department of English who is pursuing a Masters of Arts with a concentration in Technical/Professional Writing or a Certificate in Technical Communication. The student must have completed at least two technical writing courses and hold a minimum 3.5 GPA.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $500.


The Creative Writing Award for Fiction or Poetry

This award is given for excellence in the Creative Writing Program. Students should be junior or senior English majors or graduate students and have taken at least one 4000- or 5000- level creative writing course; students with Creative Writing Concentrations preferred. GPA of 3.0 or higher within ENGL courses.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $75.


The Sandra Y. Govan Award for Excellence in African American Literature

This award is given to a promising undergraduate who has expressed and demonstrated a strong interest in African-American literature and culture and who plans to continue research and study in a graduate program.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $100.


The Julian D. Mason Award

This award is given to an outstanding graduate student with an interest in literature, especially Southern Literature.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $100.


The James H. McGavran Award

This award is given in recognition of the outstanding contributions of one undergraduate and one graduate student in the areas of nature writing and writing about place. James H. McGavran served the Department of English and UNC Charlotte for 41 years; the award is designed to be a tribute to his legacy.  Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $100. 


The John McNair Undergraduate Award in Technical/Professional Award

This award, supported by the Technical/Professional Writing faculty in the Department of English, is given to an outstanding undergraduate student in the Department of English pursuing a minor in Technical/Professional Writing.   Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award: $100.


The Anita Moss and Glenn Burne Award

The ANITA MOSS and GLENN BURNE award is given for excellence in children's literature scholarship.  These two awards are given, respectively, to an undergraduate and graduate English student for excellence in Children's Literature Scholarship, as demonstrated by a paper written during the current academic year.  Nominations must come from faculty. Award: $100 amazon.com gift certificate.


The Blair Rudes Award for Excellence in Linguistics

This award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student for academic excellence in the study of linguistics.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Blair Rudes, an expert in Native American languages, who taught in the Department of English from 1999 until his death in 2008.   Nominations must come from faculty.  Amount of award:  $100.


Russell M. Robinson II Scholarship

The Russell M. Robinson ll Graduate Scholarship in English was established in 1990 by Sally and Russell Robinson to support the recruitment of exceptional graduate students into the Master of Arts in English program.  The scholarship of $4000 (renewable in the second year) is awarded to an outstanding student entering the English M.A. program who has an excellent undergraduate record, evidence of commitment to graduate studies in English as well as leadership abilities in college and community organizations.

Students must apply at <http://scholarships.uncc.edu/>.  For more details, download a PDF of the Russell M. Robinson II Scholarship.  Applications are due March 1.

Previous Robinson Scholars are Michael Fulton, James Harris, Brian Holcomb, Cristin Stone, Theresa Martus, Lindsay Cobb, Pamela Hanscom, Elizabeth Smith, Julie Mayes, Paula Rawlins, Bryan Nakawaki, Elaine Hill, Carrie Sippy, Megan Weaver, Sarah Davis, Robin Kello, Cara DeLoach, Ryan Weber, Mishael Lazzara, Shannon Murphy, and Kristina Duemmler.


Ruff Graduate Research Scholarship

Tom and Ellen Ruff have generously established this award, which provides summer scholarships to M.A. candidates in the Department of English for work on their scholarly or creative theses.  Two scholarships of $2,500 are awarded each year.

For more details, download a PDF of the Ruff Graduate Research Scholarship.  Applications are due April 1.

Previous Ruff Scholars are Paul Hunter and Sophie Yates.