Undergraduate Awards and Honors
Our Awards Heading link
Our awards include:
• The Anne Hopewell Selby Critical Essay Award for two students’ achievements in critical writing ($500 each)
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in critical writing by undergraduate English majors. Each student may submit a sample of no more than 5 double-spaced pages of critical writing. Excerpts from longer works are welcome as long as they do not exceed the page limit. Neither the student’s name nor any identifying information should appear on any of the pages of the submission. Winners and finalists for these awards will be selected by the Department of English’s Undergraduate Studies Committee.
Apply for the Selby Critical Essay Writing Award
• The Anne Hopewell Selby Undergraduate Research Award for Independent Research ($500)
In honor of the late professor Anne Hopewell Selby, the English Department offers this award to an outstanding undergraduate student pursuing scholarly activities outside the classroom. The purpose of this award is to help cover expenses such as trips to conferences or special libraries or the purchase of books not required for classes. Winners and finalists for these awards will be selected by the Department of English’s Undergraduate Studies Committee.
Apply for the Selby Research Award
• The Ernest C. Van Keuren Award for a graduating senior ($200)
Each year, the faculty chooses one outstanding graduating senior for the Ernest C. Van Keuren award. The winner is chosen by the faculty from among those students who are graduating with the highest distinction.
• The Raymond and Wilma Campion Award ($1800) and The John and Jeanne Newton Scholarship for CPS alumni ($1800)
The Campion and Newton Scholarships are awarded to outstanding English majors who have graduated from Chicago Public High Schools. Applicants must have at least 30 but not more than 90 semester hours at the time of application and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The selections will be made based upon the student’s application, their personal statement, and faculty recommendations. Eligible students will be considered for both the Campion and the Newton Scholarships. The award for each scholarship will be credited toward tuition and fees. This award is by faculty nomination.
• The Mary Parson Donnellon Scholarship for rising juniors/seniors ($25,000)*
Honoring the memory of Mary Parson Donnellon this $25,000 award is split between an English major with a concentration in professional writing and an English major with a concentration in creative writing. The scholarship funds tuition and winners, who must be rising juniors or rising seniors, are chosen by faculty. Emphasis is on both academic distinction and financial need.
• The Outstanding Sophomore Award for two outstanding 2nd year students ($500 each)
This award is intended to highlight sophomore students who have demonstrated dedication to their studies in English through the breadth and depth of their coursework and have excelled in their studies within the major. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate academic ability. Financial need may also play a role in the award decision. To be eligible for this award, students must have a declared concentration in the English major and achieved sophomore standing during the semester in which they are applying (e.g. over 30 earned credit hours, but no more than 60 credit hours, including in-progress courses.) This award is by faculty nomination.
• The Paul Carroll Creative Writing Award for poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction ($250)
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in creative writing by undergraduate English majors. Each student may submit a sample of no more than five pages of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or critical writing. Excerpts from longer works are welcome as long as they do not exceed the five-page limit. Neither the student’s name nor any other identifying information should appear on any of the pages of the submission.
Apply for the Paul Carroll Creative Writing Award
• The Robert and Corinne Silver Award for students of literature ($500)
The Robert and Corinne Silver Award is a prize for a continuing undergraduate English major concentrating in the study of literature. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate academic ability. (Financial need may also play a role in the award decision.) To be eligible for this award, students must have a declared concentration in literature and achieved sophomore standing or above. (Seniors graduating in Spring 2023 are not eligible.) Award recipients are chosen by faculty and awards for each scholarship will be credited toward tuition and fees.
• The Davee Foundation Scholarship for incoming English majors (full tuition)
The Davee Scholarship provides full cost of attendance at UIC from entry through graduation for up to five years. Recipients must enter UIC with, and maintain, at least a 3.0 GPA. It is given to a student majoring in English. The award is by faculty nomination.
And we’ll even induct eligible students into UIC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society!
*split between English majors with concentrations in Professional Writing and Creative Writing
Recent Undergraduate Recipients Heading link
“The English Department’s Faculty is unparalleled when it comes to knowledge, diligence, and kindness. I’ve always felt safe and heard within the English Department, I couldn’t have imagined a better place to call home during my time here at UIC.”
“The English department is such a great place to be at UIC because there are so many different avenues you can explore! I am thankful to be encouraged and supported by every faculty member I encounter in my exploration; it’s clear they want everyone to succeed.”
2021 & 2022 Recipients Heading link
• The Anne Hopewell Selby Critical Essay Award
2021: Theo Donoghue and Marcel Sanders
2022: Selena Santiago and Shannon Mastey
• The Anne Hopewell Selby Undergraduate Research Award
2021 and 2022: Jadlyn Rogers
• The Ernest C. Van Keuren Award
2021: Abigail Kremer and Amy Hernandez
2022: Joey Liang and Ley Frank
• The John and Jeanne Newton Scholarship for CPS alumni
2021: Ashley O’Neill
2022: Patrick Brennan
• The Mary Parson Donnellon Scholarship
2021: Madeline Zuzevich, Catherine Lin, Dillon Muth, and Wes Sowers
2022: Yuliana Torres and Shelby Taylor
2021: Adrian Souwami, Ricky Rodriguez, and Aqsa Mahmood
2022: Ahana Gupta, Janessa Acosta, and Wyatt Porter
• The Outstanding Sophomore Award
2021: Methal Hindi and Patryck Szcsepania
2022: Lizhirat Molina and Taylor Kwok
• The Paul Carroll Creative Writing Award
2021: CJ Garrett
2022: Mike Castenada
• The Raymond and Wilma Campion Award for CPS alumni
2021: Selena Santiago
2022: Marlem Juarez
• The Robert and Corinne Silver Award
2021: Tristen Ortiz
2022: Patryk Szczepaniak and Sheri Tarrer
•The Davee Foundation Tuition Scholarship
2021: Chad Shahriyar
2022: Makayla Goldman