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End of the Year Awards - English Department

Joseph E. Duncan Scholarship

    Alethea Tusher

Established by a bequest in the will of Professor Joe Duncan and increased with monetary gifts from his family and friends, the Joseph Duncan scholarship is conferred upon an English Major who has demonstrated outstanding scholastic capability and professional promise.

Alethea is a double major in English (Pre-Graduate Studies track) and Philosophy, and she currently has a GPA of 4.0. After graduation she plans to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing.

Ann H. and Alfred Hartley Scholarship

    Anna Aspengren

Alfred Hartley created the Ann H. Hartley Scholarship in honor of his wife Ann's lifelong interest in English Language and Literature.

Anna is an English major (Literature, Language and Culture track) with an Arts in Media minor, and she currently has a cumulative GPA of 4.0. After graduation, she is interested in working with children's literature, either in graduate school or in the publishing world.

Klaus P. Jankofsky Essay Award

    Emily Emison

The Klaus P. Jankofsky Essay Prize has been awarded to the best student essay on any topic in Medieval and/or Renaissance studies.

History Repeating: Renaissance Ekphrasis and Andrea Mantegna’s Calumny of Apelles

Mike Lenz Creative Writing Prize

    Emily Emison

Named in honor of former English major Mike Lenz, this is awarded at the judges' discretion for the best original work of imaginative literature--narrative, dramatic or lyric--in prose or in verse.

For her poem collection titled "Humoral Theory"

Mike Lenz Creative Writing Scholarship

    Ryan Schultz

In honor of former UMD English major Mike Lenz, whose untimely death occasioned the endowment for this award, the English Department will also award a Mike Lenz Creative Writing Scholarship of $500 to the writer of an exemplary work of imaginative literature.

For his poems titled "End Theme", "The Autumn Lark," "The Purlieus of Elegance," "Sato's Flaw," "Memories and a Sky Shattered Blue," "Jazz at Two O'Clock in the Afternoon," and "Evening Sonnet in the Winter Courts of a Dynasty"

Anna Lee (Stensland) and Myron Lidberg Scholarship

    Kristen Rauch

The family of Anna Lee (Stensland) and Myron Lidberg created the scholarship in honor of Professor Stensland's devotion to students and education. It is awarded to aid a student during his/her student teaching.

Kristen is a Teaching Comm Arts/Lit BAA Major.

John and Ruth Reed Scholarship

    Courtney Ellian

John Reed, UMD Class of 1959, English Professor at Wayne State, created this scholarship for a student of English in honor of himself and his late wife, Ruth, a graduate of Hope College.

Courtney is a double major in English (Liberal Arts track) and Music (primary instrument piano), and she currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.71. After graduation, she is interested in joining the Peace Corps, with the ultimate goal of teaching English.

Sigmond and Lena Slonim Scholarship

    Camille Doom

Created by Dr. Ruth Slonim, in memory of her parents, Sigmond and Lena Slonim, the Slonim Scholarship is conferred upon an English major who, upon entering his or her senior year, has demonstrated outstanding scholastic capability, personal effectiveness, and professional promise.

Camille is pursuing a double major in English (Liberal Arts track) and Political Science, with a minor in Economics, and she currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.86. After graduation, she plans to attend law school with the ultimate goal of working in corporate law or politics.

Lawrence Wright Essay Prize

    William Schock

The Wright prize is awarded annually for the best original or analytical essay submitted on a topic of linguistics, in literature, in rhetoric, or in methods of instruction. The competition is in memory of D. Lawrence Wright (1900-1973), a member of the UMD English Department and a teacher of particular excellence. This award was established by his widow, Edwina Wright in 1974.

Essay titled, "The Marriage Group: Marriage, God and Governance"

Robert Sand Fund

Gwendolyn Hoberg      Daniel Turner

Funds available for UMD English Department undergrad and graduate students to defray the cost of presenting papers at conferences.

University of Minnesota Graduate School Block Grant Fellowship

  Celeste Zuniga            Elizabeth Brey


Gwendolyn Hoberg  Jamie Montgomery



    Daniel Turner           Ross Feikema


    Anessa Kemna


Fellowship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and professional potential in an effort to recognize outstanding students in the English MA Program.

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