Scholarships

The Department of Rhetoric and Writing has scholarships available for outstanding students who are committed to our program. We encourage students who meet the criteria for each scholarship (as described below) to apply. The deadline for all undergraduate scholarship applications for the Department of Rhetoric and Writing is March 25 and graduate scholarships is March 29.

Department of Rhetoric and Writing Book Award (Undergraduate and declared PTW Minor)

With the donation of an alum, the department also offers a book award to a student who is a Minor in Writing in the amount of $250 per semester for the coming school year (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015). If you wish to be considered for the Book Award, send  Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu) a one-paged letter in which you describe your career goals and how you will use writing in your career.

Deadline for application:  March 25

 

Oliver–Breeze–Kennedy Undergraduate Scholarships in Technical Communication and Digital Literacies

Through the kindness and generosity of the family of one of our alumni, the Department of Rhetoric and Writing is calling for applications for the Oliver–Breeze–Kennedy Undergraduate Scholarships in Technical Communication and Digital Literacies.

The donor has generously sponsored two $1500-per-year awards: one for an established junior or senior student studying technical communication and one for an established junior or senior student studying digital literacies in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Each scholarship will fund at a rate of $750 per semester, and recipients must enroll in fulltime study both semesters to receive the award, which may be used for whatever expenses the recipients deem necessary to support their education.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of

  • Need as established by FAFSA (Applicants may offer additional information related to need if they wish.)
  • Accomplishments in the field of study (Each applicant must supply a three-item portfolio including full explanations of each of the three items included. The committee will also secure an official transcript to assess coursework in Rhetoric and Writing and overall academic performance.)
  • A letter of application (Applicants must explain how and why they qualify for the scholarship and describe how it will aid them in achieving specific career and/or educational objectives.)

Each part (need, accomplishments, letter) will count 1/3 in the decision. All decisions will be made by the Rhetoric and Writing Department Scholarship Committee and will be final. These scholarships are renewable for a second year; however, first year recipients must file a second application emphasizing and detailing outstanding work done during the first award year to be considered for renewal.

Applicants must complete all parts of the application to be eligible for consideration. If you have questions, please email Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu).

Deadline for application:  March 25

 

Donna Barkan Jensen Writing About Families (Undergraduate)

The Donna Barkan Jensen Writing About Families Scholarship supports a major in Professional and Technical Writing who is focusing on nonfiction. Students who have already written about family topics will be given priority.

The scholarship for the coming year will be for $1,000, or $500 per semester. Students may use the same application materials to apply for both the Oliver-Breeze-Kennedy Scholarship and this scholarship. However, students will not be awarded multiple departmental scholarships.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of

  • Need as established by FAFSA (Applicants may offer additional information related to need if they wish.)
  • Accomplishments in the field of study (Each applicant must supply a three-item portfolio including full explanations of each of the three items included. The committee will also secure an official transcript to assess coursework in Rhetoric and Writing and overall academic performance.)
  • A letter of application (Applicants must explain how and why they qualify for the scholarship and describe how it will aid them in achieving specific career and/or educational objectives.)

Each part (need, accomplishments, letter) will count 1/3 in the decision. All decisions will be made by the Rhetoric and Writing Department Scholarship Committee and will be final. This scholarship are renewable for a second year; however, first year recipients must file a second application emphasizing and detailing outstanding work done during the first award year to be considered for renewal.

Applicants must complete all parts of the application to be eligible for consideration. If you have questions, please email Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu).

Deadline for application:  March 25

 

Clarence and Judy Albers Quality Writing Scholarships (Graduate)

The Clarence and Judy Albers Quality Writing Scholarships are endowed scholarships designed to support graduate students in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing pursuing work in both nonfiction writing and editing.  Their particular emphasis is editing.

The scholarships are awarded annually, when possible, in amounts to be announced in the call for applications.  There will be two awards for the 2010-2011 academic year in the amount of $600 per award ($300 per semester). The awards are contingent upon continued enrollment and progress toward the recipients’ graduate degrees. Funds may be used to support any part of the recipients’ education—tuition, fees, books, living expenses, etc. The scholarship is renewable, but the recipient must reapply annually.  These scholarships are not to be used to support thesis work (8300/8301 courses). When there are two or more awards, at least one will be directed toward applicants entering or in the early part of their graduate studies.

The qualifications and are as follows:

  • The recipient must enroll in a minimum of six graduate hours per funded semester.
  • Academic accomplishment, GPA, and financial need will be considered.

To apply, students must submit a portfolio containing the following:

  • A cover letter addressed to the members of the Scholarship Committee describing the applicant’s career goals and background.
  • Three pieces of work demonstrating the applicant’s capabilities in nonfiction and editing, especially editing. These need not be works written for UALR classes, especially if the applicant is new to the program.
  • Brief explanations of each piece’s context and importance.

Completed applications should be sent to the Scholarship Committee, UALR Department of Rhetoric and Writing, 2801 South University, Little Rock, AR 72204. They may also be dropped off at the Rhetoric and Writing office.  Digital applications should be sent as email attachments to Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu)  under the subject line Albers Quality Writing Scholarship Application.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Upon receiving the award, recipients will write a letter of appreciation to the Donors, which will serve as their official notice of acceptance. It should be sent to the Scholarship Committee at the address above.

Deadline for application:  March 29