The Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually (when funding is available) by the Department of English in recognition of artistic excellence in the writing of poetry by an undergraduate at Ball State. Because the criterion for the award is artistic excellence, no scholarship is awarded in any year in which the panel determines that no entry exhibits sufficiently high artistic quality to merit an award.

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Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
4 p.m.

Recent winners

  • 2017: Rebecca Auger
  • 2016: Elyse Lowery and Levi Todd
  • 2015: Cooper Cox
  • 2014: Brent Holden
  • 2013: Scott Bugher
  • 2012: Anne Haben
  • 2011: Kelly Stacy
  • 2010: Meredith Sims

Named in honor of a former secretary for the administrative assistant to the department chair, the Elizabeth Martin Scholarship is presented to English majors displaying those characteristics of scholarship, character, and leadership.

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Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
4 p.m.

Recent Winners

2017
  • Emily Barsic
  • Kelsey McDonald
  • Nick Smith
  • Levi Todd
2016
  • Cody DeHaven
  • Hannah Partridge
  • Valerie Weingart
2015
  • Kathryn Hampshire
  • Bryce Longenberger
  • Brittany Ulman
2014
  • Daniel Brount
  • Rachel Johnson
  • Brittany Means
2013
  • Kaylie DiGiacomo
  • Nakkia Patrick
  • Lacey Lord
  • Erin Silcox

The Dr. Janet Ross Scholarship for Teachers of English as a Second Language is a merit award. The amount may be divided among several students, if so recommended by the selection committee. The recipient must be enrolled as a teaching major in English/language arts in combination with English as a second language licensure program. The recipient shall display those characteristics of scholarship, character, and leadership which, in the judgment of the selection committee, are considered essential for success in the field of teaching English as a second language.

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Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 20, 2017
4 p.m.

Recent Winners

2017
  • Kelly Levans
  • Arthur Marsh
2016
  • Morgan Aprill
  • Sarah Isaacson
  • Sharon Jackson
  • Emilie Schiess
2015
  • Phuong Minh Tran
  • Isaac Muhando

The Leslie and Patrick Ballard Scholarship is intended for future teachers of English. It was established by Leslie Ballard, a Ball State graduate in English education and Patrick Ballard, a Ball State graduate in political science.

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Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
4 p.m.

Recent Winners

2017
  • Julia Robben
  • Katelyn Warner
2016
  • Emily Mack
  • Joel Summer
2015
  • Kristal All
  • Danielle Akers

This scholarship was established by Steven Chalk in honor of his wife Carol S. Chalk, who received her PhD in rhetoric and composition from Ball State University.

During her graduate program, from 1996–2002, Carol directed the Writing Center. The center was her most comfortable professional home, mediating between the values of family and collaboration, on one hand, and academic achievement on the other.

The purpose of the fund is to provide a scholarship to a full-time student who is employed in the Writing Center and has at least one semester of undergraduate coursework remaining. The scholarship is awarded to a tutor who has demonstrated patience, creativity, and a commitment to encouraging, mentoring, and nurturing other student writers. Because the Carol S. Chalk Memorial Scholarship is determined by the Director of the Writing Center, there is no application process for this award.

Recent Winners

  • 2017: Noah Patterson
  • 2016: Emilie Schiess
  • 2015: Natalie Kellner
  • 2014: Morgan Aprill
  • 2013: Thomas Carreras
  • 2012: Bradley Hough
  • 2011: Emma Baumann
  • 2010: Phillip Call

Academic departments annually submit portfolios of outstanding student writing. Those students whose portfolios are forwarded to the university level of the competition by the English Department are awarded Departmental Honors in Writing.

Recent Winners

2017
  • Lauren Birkey
  • Nikole Darnell
  • Erin Drake
  • Kathryn Hampshire
  • Brittany Ulman
2016
  • Kristal All
  • Luke Bell
  • Daniel Brount
  • Sara Huber
2015
  • Brittany Means
  • Morgan April
  • Hannah Vollmer
  • Katherine Vellenga
  • Rebecca Jackson
  • Erin Silcox

Each year the English Department recognizes one graduating senior whose academic achievements have been exemplary.

There is no application process for this award; recipients are selected by the faculty.

Recent Winners

  • 2017: Kathryn Hampshire
  • 2016: Daniel Brount
  • 2015: Morgan Aprill and Brittany Means
  • 2014: Tara Olivero
  • 2013: Tyler Fields

The Writing Center Award is presented to the outstanding tutor of the year. There is no application process.

Recent Winners

  • 2017: Emilie Schiess
  • 2016: Amory Orchard
  • 2015: Rebecca Brill
  • 2014: Lauren Lutz
  • 2013: Brad Hough
  • 2012: Emma Baumann

The Excellence in Creative Writing Scholarship is awarded annually (when funding is available) by the Department of English at Ball State University in recognition of artistic excellence in creative writing in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and/or screenwriting by an undergraduate English Major or English Minor/Dual Minor at Ball State.

Because the criterion for award is artistic excellence, no scholarship will be awarded in any year in which the panel determines that no entry exhibits sufficiently high artistic quality to merit an award. Scholarships can potentially be awarded in any or all of the four genres listed above.

All judging of creative work is done anonymously by a committee comprised of BSU creative writing faculty. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, an individual must be enrolled at least part-time as an undergraduate at Ball State during the semester in which the application is made and during the following Fall or Spring semester.

An individual who has been awarded this scholarship is eligible to receive it again.

All creative writing entered remains the property of their authors, but entry manuscripts are not returned.

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Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
4 p.m.