To be eligible for the scholarship, a candidate must be enrolled as a full-time, undergraduate student at SUNY Buffalo State for the upcoming fall semester, be an incoming freshman with a declared major in the humanities, and demonstrate financial need as defined by Buffalo State. Applications for the Messner are now available without having to access them through the CAPS system.
Professor Arthur L. Bradford Scholarship
Will be awarded to a junior or senior State who demonstrate excellence in achievement in course work related to Shakespearean or English/British literature studies, as evidenced by overall GPA in the major. Applicants must have an original essay prepared as part of the required course work in one of your Shakespeare or English/British literature courses available for review by the award selection committee. In the event the selection committee finds more than one candidate who is worthy of the scholarship, financial need shall be considered, in which case applicants will be asked to supply a statement about their financial need.
James J. Morris, Jr. Scholarship
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants musthave a declared major in the English Department, have demonstrated talent, continuing academic success, and excellent progress in their specialized area of research/creative endeavor, as determined by the English faculty; and have at least two more semesters remaining at Buffalo State after the current semester. To apply for this award, applicants are asked to submit a one-page letter that explains why they meet the criteria of the award, listing at least one faculty member as a reference, and also submit a writing sample at least six pages in length.
Laurence Shine Undergraduate Research Fellowship
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have completed at least 45 credit hours, have at least two more semesters remaining at Buffalo State to complete their bachelor’s degree, demonstrate the qualities of the public intellectual through their academic work, activism, and community engagement, and agree to engage in a year-long scholarly research project, culminating in a presentation of their work in a public forum. The winner of this award will also enroll each semester in a 3-credit course-by-contract or independent study, overseen by Professor Shine or his designee (the project mentor). Applicants must submit a letter describing their interests and background, including why they are interested in becoming a Shine Fellow and proposing a research project on a subject related to Irish and/or Irish American Writers, modernist writers, immigrant writers, writers of working class backgrounds, or literature and the City of Buffalo. They will also submit an academic writing sample of 5-15 pages. For more information, please contact: Professor Laurence Shine
Bard Cappella Academic Award for Applied Literacy
This award is given to SUNY Buffalo State English Education students to support and encourage meaningful student-run projects that improve the literacy development of young people across our region and throughout the world. Potential applicants for this award are strongly advised to consult with a member of the faculty in preparing their application. To apply for this award, students submit a written description of their project along with the name of a faculty reference. Applicants may be asked to interview with the Awards committee.
Candidates for this scholarship must be a full-time, undergraduate students at Buffalo State with a declared major in English Department, Communication Department or Television and Film ARts Program. You must have completed at least 45 semester hours at BSC, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application process includes an essay on life goals, writing samples, and a letter of endorsement from a faculty member in your department. The scholarship is awarded annually in the spring semester. Spring semester disbursement.
The English Department offers several graduation awards for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well a number of department awards that recognize excellence in a variety of ways. For graduation awards, the English Department gives the following Awards:
Excellence in English (BA)
Excellence in English Education (BS)
Excellence in Writing (BA)
Excellence in English, Post Baccalaureate
Excellence in English, (MA)
Excellence in English Education, (MSEd)
In order to receive a graduation award, you must be nominated by a faculty member.
For more information on student awards, please contact the chair of the Faculty Student Committee.
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