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Who to contact to make donations

Please contact Stephanie Sellers (309-438-7725 or merundu@ilstu.edu) in the Office of University Advancement to discuss these opportunities or the possibility of deferred gifts or other planned gifts in the form of securities, property, etc.

Contribute to our Intellectual and Creative Community

Department

  • The English Fund

    The English fund is used to support Alumni Events (Homecoming, Homecoming tent, Alumni Guests), Faculty and staff development, faculty recruitment, and English Education Professional Development Events.

    Make a gift to the English Fund
  • The Lois Lenski Lecture Series

    The Lois Lenski Lecture series is named for two-time Newberry award winning children's author and illustrator, Lois Lenski (1893-1974).

    In the course of her career, she became friends with Illinois State University English professor Taimi Ranta (1916-1995). Ranta was instrumental in ensuring that Lenski donated many of her literary papers and the original art for some of her illustrations to Milner Library. The Lenski Lecture was named in honor of Lois Lenski, but Ranta's generosity of spirit was the inspiration for this fund.

    The Lenski Lecture Series, first established in 1994, was the first named lecture series in children's literature in the United States. The purpose of this fund is to support the oldest and best-known speaker series of its kind.

    Make a gift to the Lois Lenski Lecture Series

  • The David Foster Wallace memorial Restricted Fund

    The purpose of the David Foster Wallace Memorial Restricted Fund is to support activities of the Department of English by sponsoring the Wallace Memorial Reading Series, which will bring well-known authors to campus to present a public reading of their work and to interact with students and faculty.

    It will also support activities of the Department of English by sponsoring the David Foster Wallace Award. This cash award will honor a graduate or undergraduate student whose writing engages its subject from an original, committed, and humane perspective.

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the ISU Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the David Foster Wallace Memorial Restricted Fund

  • The Spoon River Poetry Review

    This fund supports the work of the Spoon River Poetry Review.

    Make a Gift to the Spoon River Poetry Review


Contribute to our Awards and Scholarships

Undergraduate and Graduate

  • The Anna Keaton English Scholarship Fund

    This endowment was established in 1993 through an estate gift of Anna Keaton. Keaton had a 30-year career at Illinois State Normal University (1937-1968). She was a professor of English and also served as dean of students.

    Through a bequest, she directed that a scholarship fund be created to support upper class or graduate students majoring in English. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the Anna Keaton English Scholarship Fund.

  • The Class of 39 Ruth Henline Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1984 by a committee of 1939 graduates to honor the Class of 1939 and Ruth Henline. Henline was a professor at Illinois State Normal University from 1926 until her retirement in 1970.

    The scholarship is available to students, junior or senior level, majoring in English Education and intending to teach. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the Class of 39 Scholarship

  • The Dorothy Bryan Schemske Scholarship

    This endowment was established in 1998 by Dorothy Bryan Schemske, a 1941 graduate of Illinois State Normal University.

    The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student working toward a career in teaching English, with a preference to a studuent with an interest in creative writing.

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the Dorothy Bryan Schemske Scholarship

  • The Glenn Grever English Education Scholarship Fund

    This endowment was established in 1996 in memory of Professor Glenn Grever.

    The scholarship is awarded Fund to a full-time or part-time senior, majoring in English Education and student teaching during the semester that the scholarship is available.

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the Glenn Grever English Education Scholarshipp Fund

  • The Jean Ann Martin Honegger Scholarship

    This endowment was established in 2003 by Jean Ann Martin Honegger ('64 B.S.) for the purpose of providing financial support for a female freshman College of Arts and Sciences student intending to major in English.

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the Jean Ann Martin Honegger Scholarship

  • The Julia N Visor Scholarship

    The Julia N. Visor Scholarship is a monetary prize given each year for the best undergraduate essay on issues of race relations, colonialism and cultural diversity in any sub-field of English studies - literature, rhetoric, linguistics, creative writing, publishing, new media studies, technical writing, or education.

    Make a gift to the Julia N Visor Scholarship

  • The Maurice Scharton Scholarship

    This scholarship is given in honor of Professor Maurice Scharton who taught rhetoric at ISU from 1977 through 2002.

    Professor Scharton came to ISU in 1977, having finished his masters at Utah State and his Ph.D. at Kansas State. He quickly became a popular teacher of rhetoric, writing, grammar, as well as a teacher of teachers through grants and workshops. His wit and good humor made learning a pleasure for all his students. As a scholar, he changed the course of teaching by writing books, book chapters, and articles, which always moved at the cutting edge of research and teaching in the field.

    He liked to say that his research was a way to take his teaching to an audience beyond the ISU community. Not only was he prolific in this publishing, but he also edited the oldest English journal in the United States, the Illinois English Bulletin, and, through the Illinois State Writing Project, worked with teachers from across the state to help them improve their own writing and their teaching of writing.

    The scholarship is awarded annually to the best Undergraduate and Graduate student essay, the content of which must be grounded within the scholarly tradition of rhetoric and composition studies.

    Donate to the Maurice Scharton Scholarship

  • The Publications Unit Publishing Award

    The Publications Unit is a service and instructional branch of the Department of English, providing editorial, technical, marketing/advertising, and desktop publishing/production support for the creative/literary/scholarly publications housed under the Unit. The Publications Unit also serves the vital role of providing educational and practical experience for the department’s graduate assistants and undergraduate interns interested in small nonprofit presses, journals, and scholarly publications.

    The Publications Unit builds upon the interests and strengths of the department’s faculty, staff, and students working within the field and studies of publishing. The Publications Unit Publishing Award is intended to enhance this mission by acknowledging the excellent work of students involved in the study of publishing and nonprofit literary arts.

    Make a Gift to the Publications Unit Publishing Award

  • The Taimi Ranta Childrens Literature Scholarship

    This endowment was established in 1996 in memory of Professor Taimi Maria Ranta.

    The scholarship is awarded to a full-time or part-time junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in English focusing on children's or adolescent literature.

    In addition to scholarships, funds may be used to provide resources for deserving students who are studying Children's Literature and who wish to present scholarly works at related conferences. Those students who receive these scholarships will be designated as "Ranta Scholars."

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Foundation's long-term investment pool.

    Make a gift to the Taimi Ranta Children's Literature Scholarship

  • The Tom Kuster Creative Wrtiting Award

    This endowment was established in 1998 by Richard and Marilyn Kuster in memory of their son.

    The award is given to a full-time or part-time junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in a program within the English department.

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the ISU Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a gift to the Tom Kuster Creative Writing Award

  • The William Morgan Poetry Award

    This endowment was established in 2003 by Professor Emeritus William Morgan, a long-time member of the department.

    The award is normally given annually to an undergraduate English major who demonstrates excellence in both the writing of original poetry and in the scholarly and critical study of poetry. The award is also normally given annually to a master's or Ph.D. candidate in English who demonstrates excellence in both the writing of original poetry and in the scholarly and critical study of poetry (including poetry pedagogy).

    If, in a given year, there is no clearly deserving application at either the undergraduate or graduate level, no award will be given.

    Assets of this endowment are invested in the ISU Endowment Investment Pool.

    Make a Gift to William Morgan Poetry Award

Graduate Students

  • Janice G. Witherspoon Neuleib and Genevieve Witherspoon Perhach Endowed Fund

    This fund was established by Janice Witherspoon Neuleib upon her retirement from Illinois State University in 2010. Professor Neuleib came to Illinois State as a graduate student in 1967 and taught full time while completing her Ph.D. She developed and directed the Writing Center, was instrumental in the combining of the Writing Center and Reading Studies Center into the Center for Learning Assistance, and founded the Illinois State Writing Project. Janice's older sister, Genevieve Witherspoon Perhach, was a 1953 graduate of Illinois State and was a math major and a Gamma Phi Circus trapeze star. Genevieve finished graduate school in California and taught there until her retirement.

    Awards from this endowment may be used to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students in English or graduate student travel to present research, costs to publish research, and other costs. Endowment assets are invested in the Illinois State University Foundation's long-term investment pool.

    Make a gift to the Janice G. Witherspood Neuleib and Genevieve Witherspoon Perhach Endowed Fund.

  • The Dr. Robert and Marilyn Sutherland Endowment for Creative Writing Fellows

    Sutherland Fellowships are awarded to a small number of creative writing students who work a year in the Department's Publications Unit and spend a second year teaching creative writing. The fellowship is treated as a professional job, where students are expected to complete work at an elevated and often fast-paced level and to challenge knowledge and skill levels with each assignment. Fellows are also recognized as students and will be trained and supervised within an educational environment. These fellowships also include a tuition waiver.

    Make a gift to the Dr. Robert and Marilyn Sutherland Endowment for Creative Writing Fellows

  • The English Graduate Programs - Research Fund

    This fund supports English graduate student research including research travel, research presentations, and archival work.

    Make a gift to the English Graduate Programs - Research Fund

  • The English Graduate Programs - Teaching Fund

    This fund supports the teaching of English Graduate Students by supporting events such as Graduate Forums and Guest Lectures.

    Make a gift to English Graduate Programs - Teaching Fund

Faculty

  • English Faculty Research

    This fund supports faculty research in the department.

    Make a gift to the English Faculty Research Fund

  • The Maurice Scharton Faculty Research Fund

    Professor MauriceScharton came to ISU in 1977, having finished his masters at Utah State and his Ph.D. at Kansas State. He quickly became a popular teacher of rhetoric, writing, grammar, as well as a teacher of teachers through grants and workshops. His wit and good humor made learning a pleasure for all his students. As a scholar, he changed the course of teaching by writing books, book chapters, and articles, which always moved at the cutting edge of research and teaching in the field. He liked to say that his research was a way to take his teaching to an audience beyond the ISU community.

    This fund supports faculty research; in particular, travel to do archival research.

    Make a gift to the Maurice Scharton Faculty Research Fund