Awards + Prizes + Scholarships

Composition Award Questions?
Contact Tony Cimasko, Acting Director of College Composition

Undergrad Award, Prizes, and Scholarship Questions?
Contact Patrick Murphy, Assistant Chair of Undergraduate Studies

At Miami there are many opportunities for English majors and minors to receive recognition and financial aid. Some of these opportunities are open to all majors and minors, some are specific to English majors or a particular field within the department (e.g. Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing or Professional Writing), and some are restricted to recognize achievements by students at specific stages in their career, in particular kinds of writing, or within various specialized areas of interest.

Categories Explained

These opportunities are rich but applying for them can also be a little puzzling. The main reason for this potential confusion is that individual prizes, awards, and scholarships were each created at a particular time through the generosity of a donor who may have established guidelines concerning how their gift was to be used. There are also subtle distinctions between what the Department of English calls “prizes,” “awards,” and “scholarships.” Prizes, for instance, tend to be given “on the spot” to reward the winner of a writing contest. By contrast, awards and scholarships are often intended as a means to support future study by promising students (that is why seniors who are about to graduate are not eligible to apply for many of these scholarships and awards but are eligible for prizes). Moreover, there are important differences in how various competitions are judged. Awards tend to be decided by readers outside the department and scholarships are selected by a panel of department faculty.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for Composition Award opportunities is TBD in Spring 2019. Contact Tony Cimasko, Acting Director of College Composition, at with any questions. 

The deadline for all other 2019 Undergraduate Awards, Prizes, and Scholarship opportunities TBD. Students may apply at once for all departmental scholarships through a single application. For the writing awards, however, separate applications for each category are required. Contact Patrick Murphy, Assistant Chair of Undergraduate Studies, at with any questions.