8 Popular Scholarships for English Majors

With scholarships for English majors you are able to express your creativity and earn funds for your education.

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Four times a year, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Scholarship is awarded to college students throughout the U.S.

Students studying English is talented at reading and writing – both skills that are vital in applying for scholarships. If you’re searching for a way to bridge the gap and afford your education, scholarships can be a huge help. From literature-based essay contests to creative writing awards, there are a variety of scholarships suited to English majors.

Majoring in English even gives you a leg up in some competitions, as English awards are plentiful. We’ve put together a list of eight excellent scholarships designed for English-focused students.

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1. Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest

Not all English majors have a love of poetry, but for this scholarship, you might be intrigued enough to develop one. Held annually at local, state, regional, and national level, the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, allows high school students to win a scholarship simply by reading.

To win, students must recite three different poems. The competition is highly competitive. Over 365,000 students compete each year.

Amount: State champions and runners-up $1,000; National champion $20,000, second place $10,000, third place $5,000

Eligibility Requirements: High school students

Application deadline: Varies

2. Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship

College students studying poetry or creative writing are eligible for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. The award is designed to encourage undergraduate study and writing of poetry, and editors of the renowned Poetry magazine choose the winners.

Over 1,000 students apply each year, meaning it’s a tough scholarship to win if you’re a new poet. To enter, English majors must submit a brief introduction about themselves and their writing style, along with ten different poems.

Amount: $15,000

Eligibility Requirements: Any student can apply

Application deadline: March 31

3. Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Scholarship

Ayn Rand might not be required reading for all high school students, but the impact of Atlas Shrugged on the literary world can’t be denied. The Ayn Rand Foundation encourages students to read the novel and rewards them for doing so.

Both high school and college students who have read Atlas Shrugged can choose from three different essay prompts when applying for the Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Scholarship. They then must submit an 800-word essay on the novel’s themes and philosophy. There are over 600 awards available each year.

Amount: First place $10,000, three second place winners $2,000, five third place winners $1,000; Finalists receive $100, semifinalists $50.

Eligibility Requirements: Any senior in high school, undergraduate or graduate student may apply

Application deadline: September 17

4. Challenge The Experts Scholarship

Each year, Elder & Lemaur Publishers offer young writers a scholarship of up to $10,000. With scholarships starting at $500, students have the opportunity to win a large sum of money for their education.

No matter their experience level or age, high school and college students can submit an essay. The prompts change every year, but past topics include the recession, voter turnout and religion. Prizes are awarded multiple times throughout the year, so students who don’t win have a chance to submit new material.

Amount: $500 to $10,000

Eligibility Requirements: Any student pursuing a writing-related degree or career

Application deadline: Varies

5. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

If you’re a young writer dreaming of publication, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards can help you achieve your goal – and even help fund your degree. Students who win the national writing contest are published in the organization’s anthologies each year, alongside some of the best work in the country.

The scholarship looks for the most outstanding writers possible. Winners receive up to $10,000, and the lowest amount given for honorable mentions is $1,000. Students submit original work; there are no essay prompts to answer or books to analyze.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Eligibility Requirements: Any high school student

Application deadline: Varies

6. America’s Next Top Namer Scholarship

Strategic Name Development, one of the top naming companies in the country, offers college students the chance to try their hand at creative branding.

In order to win the America’s Next Top Namer Scholarship, applicants must submit an essay in which they come up with five possible brand names for a new device. They are to name an intelligent digital personal assistant and academic navigator designed for mobile devices. If a winner really impresses the judges, they can be offered a summer internship with Strategic Name Development as well.

Amount: $2,000

Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduates of any age or year with at least a 3.0 GPA

Application deadline: Varies

7. Signet Classics Student Scholarship

Book publisher Signet Classics is known for its affordable editions of classic novels. Each year, the company offers the Signet Classics Student Scholarship for college and high school students. Signet Classics chooses a different book – for 2013, the selection is George Orwell’s 1984 – and asks applicants to analyze the story by choosing one of six questions to answer.

Five winning two- to three-page essays are chosen each year. A winning essay should discuss the novel’s themes and issues and be free of grammar and spelling errors. Entries are also judged for their creativity and clarity.

Amount: $1,000 and a Signet Classics library

Eligibility Requirements: Any college or high school student

Application deadline: April 20

8. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Scholarship

Four times a year, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Scholarship is awarded to college students throughout the U.S. Whether you’re an English major or simply someone who enjoys writing science fiction, the scholarship contest asks applicants to submit original prose under 17,000 words.

The scholarship is open to amateur writers, meaning any student of any writing skill level can apply. Students can even reapply throughout the year if they don’t win. Though entries that focus on science fiction, dark fantasy or general fantasy are preferred, prose of any kind can win.

Amount: One $5,000 winner; Three other winners: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third

Eligibility Requirements: Any student who enjoys writing

Application deadline: Varies

Quick Tips

  • Scholarships designed for English majors allow a lot of creativity – but don’t forget to answer the prompt. Off topic essays will score worse than ones riddled with grammatical errors.
  • Don’t simply restate the question. If an application asks you to answer a question, go a little further and get creative. Analyze what they’re really asking of you, and give them more information than just the basics.
  • Always have someone else proofread your essays and portfolios. It’s easy to miss errors after staring at your own work for hours.


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