2016 English Department Scholarships/Awards

The application deadline for all awards is Monday, April 4, 2016, at 10pm

Frequently Asked Questions

The English department scholarship and awards application process is fully online.  All awards application materials, including completed application forms and your essays, poems, or stories, must be uploaded electronically onto Canvas.  Do NOT turn in paper copies of your awards materials and do NOT email them to the department administrator. 

NOTE: If you are having trouble accessing the Canvas pages for individual awards, check your email inbox to see if you’ve received an invitation to join the Canvas Awards pages.  If you haven’t, write for help to either of the Awards co-coordinators, Professor Lee Behlman ( or Professor Jeffrey Miller (  They can send you an invitation to join the Canvas group for the Awards.

To apply for an individual scholarship or award, just click on one of the links below.  You will be taken to a Canvas page that contains an application form with instructions on how to apply and a place to upload your application materials.  For a full list of the awards on Canvas, go here.

Please review the FAQ on the scholarships and awards process before completing your application(s).

Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

The Frank G. McGuire Scholarship for a full-time undergraduate English major with at least 3.2 cumulative GPA. Graduating seniors are not eligible. $2100 towards tuition and fees.

The Bessie Saslaw Solomon Memorial Scholarship for an English major who has shown a commitment to making a difference in the lives of people in the community. Possible activities could include, but are not limited to, tutoring those who cannot read or who are learning English as a second language; bringing the beauty of the English language to the community in some way; organizing others to do these or other projects. Particular consideration is given to students interested in teaching. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in the major. (If two students meet these criteria, the scholarship may be divided equally between them.) Graduating seniors are not eligible. $650 towards tuition and fees.

The Miriam R. Taub Scholarship for a female first-generation college student who is majoring in English and has achieved academic excellence. Preference will be given to first generation Americans and people of color. Minimum GPA of 3.25. Graduating Seniors are not eligible. $2,500 towards tuition and fees.

The Shari Kandell Scholarship for a female part-time student, employed (at least 20 hours per week), English major, and evening student. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Graduating seniors are not eligible. $1300 towards tuition and fees.

Creative Writing Awards: 

The Meranze-Tomlinson Film Award
for excellence in writing about film. $300

English Department Teacher Education Award
for an outstanding undergraduate English Education student who has met all requirements for acceptance into the English Education Program. $300

W. Bernard Fleischmann Memorial Award for an English major who has shown excellence in the study of the humanities. $150

The Anthony Lovasco Shakespeare Award
for an English major who has shown excellence in Shakespeare studies. $150

The Elizabeth Dean Eler Memorial Award for an outstanding essay focusing on poetry. This award was created by Barbara Eler in celebration of her mother, Elizabeth Dean Eler, a graduate of Montclair State in 1940, a dedicated high school teacher and poetry enthusiast. $300

Awards for Undergraduate OR Graduate Students

The Vivian L. Kwiatek Scholarship  for an outstanding undergraduate English major or graduate student.  This scholarship is determined based on both a student's academic achievement and financial need. Graduating seniors are not eligible.  Please note: students applying for the Kwiatek must have submitted a FAFSA form to the Office of Financial Aid before March 15th.  See this page for details. $8000 towards tuition and fees.

The Murray Prosky Prize in Irish Literature for an outstanding paper on Irish literature written by an undergraduate or graduate student. $100

Graduate Scholarships

These awards are granted to students enrolled in the Montclair State University English M.A. program who are in the advanced stages of study but still have at least one semester of full-time enrollment remaining. (Winners may not be G.A.s with tuition waiver for the same semester in which the award will be applied.)

Graduate students applying for one of these scholarships should submit a paper written for a graduate class in English at Montclair State, typed in MLA format, subject to the conditions described in question #10 of the FAQ, with cover sheet as described in the application form.

The Mary Bondon Graduate Scholarship for an outstanding graduate student who intends to pursue a career in teaching English at the high school or college level. Student must have 8 or more credits remaining in the MA program. $3,750 towards tuition and fees.

The Lawrence H. Conrad Memorial Scholarship
for an outstanding graduate students who is writing a thesis in American Literature. Student must have 5 or more credits remaining in MA program. $6,900 towards tuition and fees.