Departmental Scholarships for Graduate Students

The English Department offers a variety of awards to graduate students in all areas of English Studies.

The application deadline for all English department awards and scholarships is April 1. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted via email to Libby Harness at eaharne@ilstu.edu.

The Anna Keaton English Scholarship 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 for some period 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.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

Anna Keaton English Scholarship Application

Applicants must submit a lesson plan, current CV, and be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

Diversity and Equity Teaching Award Application and Lesson Plan Template

Each candidate for a Dr. Elizabeth Hatmaker Memorial Scholarship must be a first-year doctoral student and Graduate Assistant in English Studies in good standing at Illinois State University.

Dr. Elizabeth Hatmaker Memorial Scholarship Information

Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for this award. Selection is based on outstanding performance in course work, teaching, and/or research in the field of TESOL. Applicants must submit a CV/resume, a statement activities in ESL (three pages highlighting their work in and dedication to ESL teaching, scholarship, etc.), and one letter of support from faculty.

The George R. Canning Scholarship was established in 1976 by family, friends, and colleagues in memory of George Canning, professor of English at Illinois State University. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate and/or graduate student majoring in English, with preference given to students focusing on some aspect of British or Anglophone literature.

Applicants must be English Department graduate students focusing in Literary and Cultural Studies.

George R. Canning Scholarship Application

Applicants must be enrolled in the masters program in the English Department and submit a teaching portfolio.

Applicants must be enrolled in the doctoral program in the English Department and submit a teaching portfolio.

Applicants must be English Department graduate students and have a focus in Publishing Studies.

Publications Unit Publishing Award

Applicants must be upper division students in the English Department.The Taimi Ranta Children’s Literature Scholarship 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."

Applicants must be enrolled in or intend to focus on Children's Literary and Cultural studies.

Taimi Maria Ranta Scholarship Application

This Tom Kuster Creative Writing Award 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.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

Tom Kuster Creative Writing Award Application

William W. Morgan was a member of the Illinois State University English Department from August of 1969 until his retirement in June of 2000. Although he taught courses in many areas of the Department, he was especially committed to the importance of poetry--both the study of classic and contemporary poetry and the writing of original poetry--in the English Studies curriculum and in the lives of English professors, teachers, students, and ordinary citizens.

Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program in the English Department.

William Morgan Poetry Award Application