Undergraduate: 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 scholarships is March 25, 2014.

Department of Rhetoric and Writing Undergraduate Book Award (Declared PTW Minor) Deadline for application:  March 25

With the donation of an alum, the department offers a book award, in the amount of $250 per semester, to a student who is an undergraduate minoring in Writing. If you wish to be considered for the book award, complete the application form below and upload a letter (saved as “yourname_book award_date” in PDF format) describing your career goals and how writing will be used in your career. For questions, contact  Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu).

 

Oliver–Breeze–Kennedy Undergraduate Scholarships in Technical Communication and Digital Literacies                         Deadline for application:  March 25

Through the kindness and generosity of one of our alumni family’s members, 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 sponsors 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. The award may be used for educational related expenses.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of

  • A letter of application: Applicants must explain how and why the student qualifies for the scholarship and describe how it will aid them in achieving specific career and/or educational objectives.
  • Need as established by FAFSA: Applicants may offer additional information related to need if they wish; however, FASFA must be submitted to the UALR financial aid office. See https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  • 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 secure an official transcript to assess coursework in Rhetoric and Writing and overall academic performance. Each part (letter, need, accomplishments) will count as one-third of the decision.  All decisions will be made by the Rhetoric and Writing Department Scholarship Committee. 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.

To apply, students should complete the digital scholarship application form (see bottom of page) and attach one document containing the following items:

  • Applicants must explain in a cover letter how and why the student qualifies for the scholarship and describe how it will aid them in achieving specific career and/or educational objectives.
  • Three-item portfolio including full explanations of each item included.

Completed applications should be merged into one file and saved as “yourname_Scholarship_date” (example: Walker_Scholarship_March2014) in PDF format. Upload the file with your application in the form. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. If you have questions, please email Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu).

 

Donna Barkan Jensen Writing About Families (Undergraduate) Deadline for application:  March 25

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 is $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

  • A letter of application: Applicants must explain how and why the student qualifies for the scholarship and describe how it will aid them in achieving specific career and/or educational objectives.
  • Need as established by FAFSA: Applicants may offer additional information related to need if they wish; however, FASFA must be submitted to the UALR financial aid office. See https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  • Accomplishments in the field of study: Each applicant must supply a three-item portfolio including full explanations of each of the three items included.

Each part (letter, need, accomplishments) will count as one-third of the decision.  All decisions will be made by the Rhetoric and Writing Department Scholarship Committee. 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.

To apply, students should complete the digital scholarship application form (see bottom of page) and attach one document containing the following items:

  • Applicants must explain in a cover letter how and why the student qualifies for the scholarship and describe how it will aid them in achieving specific career and/or educational objectives.
  • Three-item portfolio of nonfiction writing with full explanations of each item included.

Completed applications should be merged into one file and saved as “yourname_JensenScholarship_date” (example: Walker_JensenScholarship_March2014) in PDF format. Upload the file with your application in the form below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu).

Clarence and Judy Albers Quality Writing Scholarships (Graduate) Deadline for application:  March 25

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 complete the digital application form (below) with one file that includes a portfolio containing the following:

  • A cover letter addressed to the Scholarship Committee describing the applicant’s career goals and background.
  • Three pieces of work demonstrating the applicant’s capabilities in nonfiction and editing, with particular focus on 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 merged into one file and saved as “yourname_AlbersScholarship_date” (example: Walker_AlbersScholarship_March2014) in PDF format. Upload the file with your application in the form below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please email questions to Dr. George Jensen (ghjensen@ualr.edu).

Upon receiving the Albers 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, UALR Department of Rhetoric and Writing, 2801 South University, Little Rock, AR 72204.

Rhetoric and Writing Scholarships Application

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