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Awards

We believe in recognizing English students for their hard work and accomplishments, both those in first year English and those who are English majors.

Hortense Skelton First-Year Writing Awards

Each year, the First-Year English program recognizes outstanding student writing with the Hortense Skelton First-Year Writing Awards. One winner from English 101 and one from English 102 are awarded cash prizes, and the winning essays are published online.

 

Undergraduate English Awards

(categories and prize amounts are subject to change) 

Heide Hilburn Memorial Award
  • 2017-2018 – Elizabeth Schell
Polston Scholarship Award 

The Polston Scholarship Award is presented to two junior English majors for outstanding scholastic achievement based on faculty recommendations and grade point average.

  • 2017-2018 – Jessica Gustines, Alexis Johnston
  • 2016-2017 – Rachel Klink, Athena Marousis
  • 2015-2016 - Presley Gilder, Brandon Milby
  • 2014-2015 - James P. Jacocks
  • 2013-2014 - Jamie N. Boller, Heather C. Edahl
  • 2012-2013 - Adam K. Beaty and Kayla E. Engel
Carey K. Smith, Jr. Award

The Carey K. Smith, Jr. Award is presented to the senior who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership, scholarship, dedication, and outstanding academic achievement.

  • 2017-2018 – Mikaella Antonio
  • 2016-2017 – Belvin Olasov
  • 2015-2016 - Luke Hodges
  • 2014-2015 - Ainsley G. McWaters
  • 2013-2014 - Jacqulyn D. Mohan
  • 2012-2013 - Kristyn A. Sanito
  • 2011-2012 - Esther C. Porter
  • 2009-2010 - Brooke McAbee
  • 2008-2009 - Robert Baden
  • 2007-2008 - Kemi L. Ogunji
  • 2005-2006 - Alexis Stratton, Frances Wosu
Maximillian LaBorde Scholarship

The Maximillian LaBorde Scholarship is presented to four junior English majors for outstanding scholastic achievement based on faculty recommendations and grade point average.

  • 2014-2015 - No longer offered
  • 2013-2014 - Adam K. Beaty, Kayla E. Engel, Morgan E. Lundy, and Sarah V. Ryerson
  • 2012-2013 - L. L. Gaddy, Jake G. Ross, Julia K. Fuller, and Harvey M. Jessup
  • 2011-2012 - Zachary E. Cook, Dana J. Doggett, Harvey M. Jessup, and Neha R. Parthasarathy
  • 2009-2010 - Abigail Agati, Austin Blaze, Melissa Schaub, Christopher Walonski
  • 2008-2009 - Mary Boyle, Amanda Byrum, Christopher Nelson, Kayla Shown
  • 2007-2008 - Brandi M. Pope, Hollis L. Beach, Leah E. Miller, Daniel S. Cicala
  • 2005-2006 - Elizabeth Coen, Joshua Gehling, Warren Pressley, Rebecca Wilson
 J. Gordon Belser Scholarship and N.G. Belser Scholarship

The J. Gordon Belser Scholarship is presented to three juniors for outstanding achievement based on faculty recommendation and grade point average.

The N.G. Belser Scholarship is presented to three juniors for outstanding achievement based on faculty recommendation and grade point average.

  • 2017-2018 – Hannah Bauer, David Flowers, John Huylu
  • 2016-2017 – Hannah Perry, Hannah Quire, Sarah Zurlo
  • 2015-2016 - Elizabeth Matthews, Carina Leaman, Colby Hesseltine
  • 2014-2015 - Belvin W. Olasov, Grace C. Schneider, and Madison L. Ivey
  • 2013-2014 - Brittany J. Johnson, Ellen M. McGaha, and Rebecca A. Boyer
  • 2012-2013 - Catherine M. Davenport, Ainsley G. McWaters, and Laura C. Smith
  • 2011-2012 - Caitlyn C. Chimento, Kaitlyn S. Harper, Samantha R. Smith
  • 2009-2010 - Michael Lambert, Cynthia Parker, Kathryn Sullivan
  • 2008-2009 - Leigh Eleazer, Danielle Garcia, Erin Weeks
  • 2007-2008 - Sarah J. Phillips, Caitlin R. Martinez, Cristal D. Strauser
  • 2005-2006 - Jennifer Brackett, Aaron Hayes, Kacie Henderson
George Walker Waring Award

The George Walker Waring Award is presented to two sophomores who have demonstrated particular ability for the study of English.

  • 2017-2018 – Nellie Hildebrandt, Jillian Vanderpool
  • 2016-2017 – Caroline Fairey, Christiana Olbrych
  • 2015-2016 - Hannah Perry, Fiona McMahon
  • 2014-2015 - Elizabeth A. Matthews and Jessica G. Rousey
  • 2013-2014 - Belvin W. Olasov and Madison Ivey
  • 2012-2013 - Kelsey M. Covell and Morgan E. Lundy
  • 2011-2012 - Abbey C. Kemer and Adele J. Norton
  • 2009-2010 - Courtney Diles, Rachel McBath
  • 2008-2009 - Lauren Nichols, Brandon Truett
  • 2007-2008 - Brianna S. McCluskey, Nicolette A. Calhoun
  • 2005-2006 - Shannon Feeney, Ralph Matthews
J.S. Reynolds Essay Contest Award

The J.S. Reynolds Essay Contest Award is presented to the student who has written the best essay in an English course as determined by faculty judges.

  • 2017-2018 – Kathleen Blackwood
  • 2016-2017 – Deborah Clark
  • 2015-2016 - Carolyn Culbertson, Alexander Jones
  • 2014-2015 - Abby E. Gould
  • 2013-2014 - Mick Johnson
  • 2012-2013 - Austin T. Blaze
  • 2011-2012 - Dianne Turgeon
  • 2009-2010 - Tracy Harvin
  • 2008-2009 - Robert Baden (nominated by Dr. Laura Walls)
  • 2007-2008 - Kristopher M. Lotier (nominated by Dr. Ed Gieskes)
  • 2005-2006 - Samuel Lackey (nominated by Dr. Leon Jackson)
Havilah Babcock Short Story Contest Award

The Havilah Babcock Short Story Contest Award is given to the student who has written the most outstanding short story as determined by faculty judges.

  • 2017-2018 – Nellie Hildebrandt
  • 2016-2017 – Belvin Olasov
  • 2015-2016 - Madeleine Collins
  • 2014-2015 - Jamie N. Boller
  • 2013-2014 - Samantha R. Smith
  • 2012-2013 - Rebecca M. Landau
  • 2011-2012 - Jake Ross
  • 2009-2010 - Brandy Hawkins
  • 2008-2009 - Robert Baden
  • 2007-2008 - Jonathan R. Reynolds
  • 2005-2006 - Corey Hutchins
Havilah Babcock Poetry Contest Award

The Havilah Babcock Poetry Contest Award is given to the student who has written the most outstanding poetry as determined by faculty judges.

  • 2017-2018 – Anna Phillips
  • 2016-2017 – Belvin Olasov
  • 2015-2016 - Jamie Boller
  • 2014-2015 - Chelsea N. Reeser
  • 2013-2014 - Jacob B. Borchardt
  • 2012-2013 - Michael A. Roberts
  • 2011-2012 - Jake Ross
  • 2009-2010 - Jackson Midyette
  • 2008-2009 - Andrew Sullivan
  • 2007-2008 - Jonathan L. Hughes
  • 2005-2006 - Joshua Watson
Heide Hilburn Poetry Award
  • 2017-2018 – Robin Hendricks
Distinguished Senior Award

The Distinguished Senior Award is presented to four outstanding seniors for exceptional scholastic achievement by senior English majors.

  • 2017-2018 – Benjamin Crawford, Davin Hylton, Rachel Klink, Erin Welty
  • 2016-2017 – Presley Gilder, Elizabeth Matthews, Rebecca Steptoe, Sarkis Zoubian
  • 2015-2016 - Alexander Jones, Madison Ivey, Morgan Lundy, Aeriel Lee
  • 2014-2015 - Ruthanne J. Wenger, Katelyn M. Hayworth, Laura C. Smith, and Mick A. Johnson
  • 2013-2014 - Ainsley G. McWaters, Theadora M. Keeling, Rebecca L. Thompson, and Alder E. Earl
  • 2012-2013 - Austin T. Blaze, Rose M. Cisneros, Elise J. Porter, and Ashlynn M. Wittchow
  • 2011-2012 - Abigail F. Agati, Charles K. Harrison, Jennie L. Rischbieter, and Kristyn A. Santio
  • 2009-2010 - Anna Lane, Ashton Padgett, Sarah Pulliam, Brandon Truett
Distinguished Junior Award

The Distinguished Junior Award is presented to four outstanding juniors for exceptional scholastic achievement by junior English majors.

  • 2017-2018 – Thomas Bedenbaugh, Caroline Fairey, Riley Farmer, Grace Riley
  • 2016-2017 – Kathleen Maris, Madison King, Brady Nash, Davin Hylton
  • 2015-2016 - Kathleen Blackwood, Patrick Callari, Claire Heins, Jessica Harrell
  • 2014-2015 - Ellen M. McGaha, Caitlin M. Kitchens, Amber L. Snelgrove, and Abby E. Gould
Ellise Davinroy Book Award

The Ellise Davinroy Book Award is for exceptional scholastic achievement presented to an outstanding English major with demonstrated financial need.

  • 2014-2015 - Not offered
  • 2013-2014 - Joseph C. Durant
  • 2012-2013 - Katherine E. Gause
  • 2011-2012 - Brooke E. McAbee
  • 2009-2010 - Kailey Manley
  • 2008-2009 - Rachel Carroll
  • 2007-2008 - Amy M. Scott
Peter Mackey Award

The Peter Mackey Award is presented to a deserving junior for exceptional scholastic achievement by a junior English major with a GPA greater than or equal to 3.0. There is a special consideration for those with a cognate in Religion.

  • 2017-2018 – Hannah Cherry
  • 2016-2017 – Fiona McMahon
  • 2015-2016 - Sarah Larabee
  • 2014-2015 - Raymond A. Hernandez
  • 2013-2014 - Sameha A. Alshareef
  • 2012-2013 - Casey C. Cox
  • 2011-2012 - Michelle R. Ouhl
  • 2009-2010 - Rachel McNair
  • 2008-2009 - Lindsey Hudepohl
Merrill G. Christophersen Award

The Merrill G. Christophersen Award is presented to an outstanding senior for exceptional scholastic achievement by an English major.

  • 2017-2018 – Rose Steptoe
  • 2016-2017 – Kathleen Blackwood
  • 2015-2016 - Alison Kuester
  • 2014-2015 - Joseph C. Durant
  • 2013-2014 - Katelyn M. Hayworth
  • 2012-2013 - Zachary E. Cook
  • 2011-2012 - Rebecca E. Dunn
  • 2009-2010 - Jessica Castillo
  • 2008-2009 - Sarah Veeder
Frank Durham Scholarship Award
  • 2011-2012 - No longer offered
  • 2009-2010 - Leigh Eleazer
  • 2008-2009 - Andrea Krafft
John K. Hoey Endowment Award

The John K. Hoey Endowment Award is presented to an Honors English major for exceptional scholastic achievement.

  • 2017-2018 – Kathleen Blackwood
  • 2016-2017 – Hannah Ekeh
  • 2015-2016 - Belvin Olasov
  • 2014-2015 - Jamie N. Boller
  • 2013-2014 - Luke N. Hodges
  • 2012-2013 - Abbey C. Kemer
  • 2011-2012 - Erik C. Lybeck
  • 2009-2010 - Katherine Littleton