Prizes and Scholarships for English Majors

Earn recognition for your English excellence!

The English Department offers prizes and scholarships to students who achieve academic and creative excellence in the study of English. We seek to recognize students who demonstrate the creative inspiration and intellectual passion central to reading, writing, and studying literature. For more information about the prizes and scholarships listed below, contact the director of the undergraduate English major or director of creative writing.

English Department Prizes

English Department Book Prizes
The Department of English awards Book Prizes to graduating seniors whose performance in a variety of courses in the English major has been consistently outstanding.

Alfred R. Ferguson Prize
The Alfred R. Ferguson Prize is awarded to the junior or senior English major for outstanding work in American literature. Nominations are made by English faculty, and include a summary of the student's course work in this field together with one (or more) papers of at least 10 pages.

James William Fay Prize 
The James William Fay Prize is awarded for the best capstone essay in English and Anglophone literature. Nominations are made by English faculty. Nominated essays should demonstrate an integration of intellectual engagement and scholarly research mobilized around a deepened understanding of the creative spirit. 

Frances Russell Hart Prize 
The Francis Russell Hart Prize is awarded to a graduating English major who has combined outstanding work in English studies with a record of mentoring other students. Nominating letters by at least two members of the English faculty are required.

Marcia Keach Prize for Poetry
The Marcia Keach Prize recognizes excellence in poetry writing. Students, typically graduating seniors in Creative Writing, are nominated by the creative writing faculty.

Chet Frederic Prize for Fiction
The Chet Frederick recognizes excellence in fiction writing. Students, typically graduating seniors in creative writing, are nominated by the creative writing faculty.

Academy of American Poets Prize
The Academy of American Poets Prize is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Students submit up to three typed pages of poems for consideration.  The submission deadline is typically in March. Please contact the director of creative writing for more information. 

Study Abroad Scholarship

Peter Brooks Butler Memorial Scholarship
Through the generosity of Mrs. E. Mauran Beals and Mrs. Jane B. Butler, the English Department at UMass Boston offers the Peter Brooks Butler Memorial Scholarship. Awarded every second year, the scholarship provides funds for one student to attend summer school at Oxford University. Sophomore or junior English Majors can apply to the scholarship, submitting a transcript, personal statement, writing sample, and letters of recommendation. The scholarship recipient must be a full-time student at UMass Boston who shows promising talent in creative writing and/or Renaissance literature.

Creative Writing Scholarships

Mary Doyle Curran Scholarship
The Mary Doyle Curran Scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half time who are interested in creative writing and are in need of financial assistance. The submission deadline is typically in December. Please contact the director of creative writing for more information.

Brian Rattigan Scholarship
The Brian Rattigan Scholarship is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half time who have demonstrated creative achievement. The submission deadline is typically in December. Please contact the director of creative writing for more information.