The below scholarships and awards are offered yearly and applications are due in the spring semester.
The Ruth Lovett Booker Scholarship
Awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in English. Selection is based on academic accomplishment, and only sophomore, junior and senior students are eligible to apply. Applicants also submit an original written composition demonstrating their ability to communicate (see application form for more information about the writing component). This scholarship is a variable amount applied to the recipient’s student account.
Martha Sawrie Stephenson Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time or part-time student who is enrolled in a minimum of six hours. The recipient must have a declared major in English, History, or Political Science. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA no lower than 2.5 and no higher than 3.5. Because the scholarship is renewable, it shall not be revoked if the student’s GPA exceeds 3.5 in subsequent years. All things being equal, extreme financial need shall be the determining factor in the selection process.
The Marilyn Keys Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a junior or first-semester (non-graduating) senior English major with the highest GPA in upper level (3000 and higher) English department courses who has taken at least 21 upper level hours toward the major, at least 18 of which are UALR (non-transfer) English department courses. Ties are broken on the basis of (1) greater number of UALR English hours completed, and (2) greater number of UALR hours completed, in that order of priority. The award includes a stipend of $200.
Cooper Success Scholarships
The Cooper Success Scholarship is granted to 2 full- or part-time students who are currently taking at least six hours and who have a declared major in English. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in English. Preference given to students who are not yet in the Cooper Honors Program. Financial need and potential for academic success will be strongly considered. If all things are equal, financial need will be the deciding factor. Typically the awards are $2500.00 but may vary from year to year.
Eleanor Orts Francis English Scholarship
The Eleanor Orts Francis Scholarship is awarded to full- or part-time students majoring in English. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered. All things being equal, academic accomplishment will be the determining factor. Applicants must have at least a 3.25 grade point average in English and must submit a 600-word essay discussing their personal and academic goals, academic accomplishments and financial need. FAFSA required. Scholarships will range between $500 – $1200.
The Alma K. Dougherty Award (for creative writing)
Awarded to a student demonstrating a high degree of creative writing talent who is pursuing a degree in English with a heavy creative writing emphasis. The student must be carrying a minimum of six hours and must be of sophomore, junior, or senior standing. The student must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selection is based on the merits of the student’s creative writing projects throughout the year, as determined by the creative writing faculty. This award includes a scholarship of variable amount for the following fall semester.
The Gladys K. Brown Award (for graduating senior)
Awarded to the graduating senior majoring in English with the highest GPA in UALR English courses (sophomore-level or higher; transfer hours not included). The student must have been enrolled at UALR for at least 60 hours and must have taken at least 18 hours of upper-level UALR English courses. Ties are broken on the basis of (1) greater number of UALR English hours completed, and (2) greater number of UALR hours completed, in that order of priority.
The Kathryn Ramsey Award (for literary criticism)
Awarded to a student majoring in English and who has been judged by a faculty committee to have written the most outstanding interpretive essay during the year. Faculty members will recommend the best papers from their courses for consideration.
The Richard Stanley Cooper Literary Award (for creative writing)
Awarded to the student submitting the best literary effort during the current academic year, as determined by the creative writing faculty.
The Roslyn L. Knutson English Award (for secondary education)
Awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in English. Selection is based on academic accomplishment and financial need, and preference will be given to junior and senior students. Preference will be given to students who are in the English-Secondary Education major track. The award will provide assistance for any education related expenses, including but not limited to books, tuition, fees and room and board.
Additional Scholarship Information
Donaghey Scholars Program (UA Little Rock’s 4-year university Honors Program)
Shelby Breedlove Transfer Scholarship, Academic Achievement Scholarship, Academic Merit Scholarship, Academic Excellence Scholarship, Academic Distinction Scholarship, Chancellor’s Leadership Corp (CLC), single parent scholarships, and more.
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships (for members)