Scholarships for English Majors

English Majors develop numerous valuable qualities that employers desire: critical thinking, communication skills, strong writing, the ability to interpret things from a different perspective, creativity, working under deadlines, persuasion, and in-depth reading. English Majors are an adaptable, well-rounded bunch, who can excel in a great number of careers. Below are just a few scholarships that can help English Majors purchase all those books.

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Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: TBD

Founded to encourage young writers to create fiction, non-fiction, plays, and/or screenplays in the mystery genre, this scholarship goes towards the student attending a writing workshop, seminar, or class that would enhance their writing skills.

To apply, students must: submit 5 copies of a 300-500 word essay explaining their interest in mystery writing, submit 5 copies of mystery writing (could be a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script), specify which class/seminar/workshop the scholarship will go towards.

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Amount: $25,800

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Designed to encourage the study and writing of poetry, this fellowship awards young poets across the nation. This competition requires ten pages of poetry and a great love for the craft.

To enter, students must: be 21 or older, submit 10 pages of poems (can have multiple poems per page), and adhere by all contest rules.


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Signet Essay Contest

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 22, 2020

For 11th and 12th grade students who like the classics, this one is for you. Each year, Signet Classics chooses one of their books and gives five prompts for the contestant to write an essay about. This year the book is the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. An English teacher must submit the essays on behalf of the student.

To be eligible, students must: be a resident of the US, be a full-time high school student or a home-schooled student between the ages of 16-18, submit four copies of the prompted essay, adhere by all contest rules.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

Amount: $500, $750, $1000, $5000

Deadline: Varies

Lovers of sci-fi and fantasy, rejoice! This unique scholarship contest encourages amateur writers to create short stories and novelettes in those two genres. With awards given out quarterly, the winning writers will be given prize money and trophies, and retain publication rights!

To be eligible, students must: create completely original works, be previously unpublished, and adhere by all contest rules.

ACES Scholarships

Amount: $1,000 or $2,500

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Interested in editing? ACES scholarships were created to encourage students to pursue copy editing careers. The funds will allow students to travel to the ACES conference in 2017.

To apply, students must: submit a 500-word essay about the importance of copy editing in a multi-media world, submit contact information and reference letters from three sources, and 6 headlines or tweets (with context) or an answer to the prompt on the website.

Additionally, many colleges/universities provide their own internal scholarships for English majors–so check out our school’s site!

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