Free Writing Contests Scholarships

The Department of English recognizes undergraduate student excellence by awarding outstanding majors through our yearly scholarship and writing awards.


With the support of the Hodges Better English fund and generous donations from outside the university the department awards at least twelve scholarships each year to the best sophomore, junior, and senior English majors.

Each year the department awards six Charles and Frances Mangam Merit Scholarships to declared English majors with at least sophomore standing. A seventh Mangam Merit Scholarship is designated for the best declared minority English major.

The department also awards the following scholarships:

  • The Julie Hagler Scholarship: given annually to a rising junior with a well-rounded course record;
  • The Willis Merit Scholarship: given annually to a junior or senior who has expressed and demonstrated interest in pursuing a teaching career;
  • The Edwin Watson Bowe Scholarship: given annually to one of the department’s top majors;
  • The Felice and Boudleaux Bryant Scholarship: given annually to an outstanding English major concentrating in literature.
  • Applications for the Mangam, Hagler, Willis, Bowe, Bryant, and Seilaz scholarships, including recommendation forms, are available the first Monday of March in 311 McClung Tower. They also are available in PDF format through the following links.

  • Two other scholarships are available to undergraduate English majors:

  • The Louise and Aileen Seilaz Scholarship: awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences to a student who has indicated an intent to follow a career in education.
  • The J. Paul Blakely Scholarships awarded by the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication to senior technical communication students. Deadlines for the Blakely scholarships are announced in March.
  • Contests

    The English department recognizes student excellence in writing through the annual John C. Hodges Undergraduate Writing Awards.

    These include the following.

  • The Bain-Swiggett Prize: given for achievement in traditional forms of poetry
  • The Knickerbocker Award: recognizes excellence in non-traditional forms of poetry, such as free and experimental verse
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