Application Deadline is 10pm on Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

The English department scholarship and awards application process is now 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.


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.  Use your MSU email ID and password to sign on to Canvas.

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. $2000 toward 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 toward 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 toward 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. $900 towards tuition and fees.

Creative Writing Awards: 
Tom Benediktsson Award for Poetry, Carter Ross Fiction Award, Libera Calabrese Award for Creative Non-Fiction.  $200 each

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 Drukker Award in Journalism: $2,000 toward Fall 2015 Montclair State University costs. Deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.  The application for this award can be found here.  To apply for this award (and this award only), you should NOT use Canvas. See here for details.

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. $300. (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.)

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists/North Jersey Chapter Scholarship for celebrated scholastic achievement by an undergraduate student who sincerely desires to pursue a career in English or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast or online journalism. English major. Recipient should be a full-time student and should provide two journalistic works, whether published or done for a journalism class. Graduating seniors are not eligible. $200 towards tuition and fees.

The PICA Club of North Jersey Jack Anderson Journalism Scholarship in recognition of outstanding Journalism work done while at Montclair State University. Recipient should be a full-time sophomore, junior or first-semester senior student and Journalism minor. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA overall. $950 toward tuition and fees.

The Harold Friedlander Memorial Journalism Award is given to students who are journalism minors and whose work merits particular recognition.  Open to all but second-semester seniors. $200

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 academic achievement and financial need.  $7000. 

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. $6,000 toward 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. $8,000 toward tuition and fees.