Pursuing a career in which English is the primary focus can generally lead to a job in journalism, teaching, freelance writing, and many other aspects. It can be a great way to open numerous pathways to various careers for your life.
For English majors, there are number of different scholarships that they may be eligible for. Some scholarships are on a national or even international level, which means the competition is going to be intense. For these particular scholarships, students that performed exceptionally during their academic high school career and who participated in numerous extracurricular activities and may have even volunteered for various community service work are likely going to be encouraged to apply.
For those students who may have not performed as well as they could have during their high school academic career or who may not have participated in various extracurricular activities can certainly still apply if they meet the minimum cumulative Grade Point Average requirements for that particular scholarship, but because of the intense competition the odds decrease significantly for them receiving some type of scholarship award.
It’s best to focus on scholarships for English majors that are specifically designed for the college or university that the student wishes to attend in the coming fall semester. For undergraduate and graduate students, as long as they are actively declared as English majors, they may be eligible for many of these scholarship programs.
When you begin looking at different scholarship programs for English majors, if you find one at a different college or university, and if you are attending a prominent school, there may very well be scholarships similar at your own college and English department. The best way to find this out is to contact a professor in the English department, sit down with him or her, and discuss your financial need. They would likely be able to point you in the right direction as for various scholarship programs that may be available to you.
If you have a difficult time finding scholarships for which you may be eligible due to lower GPA or other issues, there are certain scholarships that are more focused on need-based as opposed to merit based. A need-based scholarship is going to take a student’s financial circumstances more into account than their academic performance up to that point. However, there will still likely be a minimum cumulative GPA that needs to be maintained in order to be considered for a scholarship.
Below is a list of several different scholarship programs for English majors. Some of these scholarships are available to students in other disciplines and departments as well.
IFEC Scholarships Award
The awards through this scholarship program can range between $500 and $4,000. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 15 every year. These are non-renewable scholarships, meaning they are a one time award and will not be provided annually throughout the college student’s career.
This scholarship is made available through the International Foodservice Editorial Counsel (IFEC). In order to be considered for this particular scholarship, students must be actively enrolled at a post secondary degree granting educational institution. They also need to possess skill, training, and a sincere interest in the food service industry as well as communication arts.
Majors that are considered eligible for this include for food service, including hotel/restaurant/hospitality management, nutrition, public relations, mass communication, broadcast journalism, marketing, photography, graphics arts, and English.
Any interested candidate is encouraged to visit their website here for more details.
The award amount for the Huntington Fellowships can range between $3,000 and $15,000. These are non-renewable scholarship awards made available through Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
Eligible candidates have to be doctoral candidates that have reached their dissertation stage, have already earned their Ph.D., and must provide a cover sheet, project description, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. This particular scholarship program is more designed to help students begin their career and English majors are encouraged to apply.
To learn more about this particular scholarship program, interested candidates should visit their website here.
Iowa Scholarship for the Arts
The deadline to apply for the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is February 2nd and the total scholarship award is $1,500. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, candidates need to be Iowa residents and be graduating high school seniors. They must be able to show certain talents and ability in dance, literature, music, theater, traditional arts, or visual arts.
They need to be accepted into a full-time accredited Iowa college or university. They must also declare a major in one of the aforementioned areas, including English. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the website here.
Michael Jackson Scholarship
This scholarship provides different types of awards, up to $4,000 in non-renewable scholarships. It is made available through the United Negro College Fund and is available to African-American students who are attending a UNCF member college or university.
They need to be majoring in communications, English, or performing arts. Eligible candidates also need to maintain a minimum GPA of at least 3.0. They will also need to exhibit a specific financial need for assistance. For any African-American student who feels he or she is eligible for this particular scholarship is interested in applying for is encouraged to visit their website here.
Minnesota Academic Excellence Scholarship
For students who are Minnesota residents and have been admitted to a full-time program at an accredited Minnesota college or university, if they are majoring in English or creative writing, fine arts, foreign language, science, social science, or math, they may be eligible to apply for this particular scholarship.
The amount of the award can be up to full tuition, so this is likely going to bring in numerous applications and the competition is going to be strong. Those students who are interested in applying for this scholarship are encouraged to visit the website here.