Scholarships and Awards

Applications for scholarships for the 2020 academic year will open in January.

     Scholarships

The Ruth Lovett Booker Scholarship

The Ruth Lovett Booker Scholarship is awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in English. Selection is based on academic accomplishment. Applicants must have at least 30 hours, a minimum of a 3.0 grade-point average in English, and they must submit an original written composition of between 100-1500 words on a selected topic. This scholarship is a variable amount applied to the recipient’s student account. You can apply for this scholarship here; applications open on January 21.

The Marilyn Keys Endowed Scholarship | Under Development 

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. The winner must have 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 full- or part-time students who are currently taking at least six hours and who have declared a major in English. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in English. Financial need and potential for academic success will strongly be considered. If all things are equal, financial need will be the deciding factor. Applicants must submit a typed essay of no more than 600 words discussing their personal and academic goals and explaining how the Cooper Success Scholarship will help them achieve those goals. The issue of financial need should also be specifically addressed. Preference will be given to students who are not already in the Cooper Honors Program. You can apply for this scholarship here; applications open on January 21.

Cooper Promise Scholarship (for NEW students: first-years or transfers)

The Cooper Promise Scholarship is a one-time scholarship for students who are or will have enrolled or transferred to UA Little Rock in the fall of 2019 or the spring of 2020. The recipients must declare a major in one of the English department concentrations (English, English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, or English with an emphasis in Secondary Education). This scholarship is funded through the William J. Cooper Honors Program in English.

Requirements For Recipients:

  • Must attend UA Little Rock part-time or full-time in Fall 2020.
  • Must be declare as a primary English major during Fall 2020.
  • Must complete at least 3 hours in English during Fall 2020.
  • Must be advised by the chair of the department of English.

Applicants may apply for this scholarship here; applications open on January 21.

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.

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, financial need shall be the determining factor in the selection process.

     Awards

The Roslyn L. Knutson English Award 

Awarded to a full- or part-time student majoring in English, with preference given to students who are in the English-Secondary Education major track. Selection is based on academic accomplishment and financial need, and preference will be given to junior and senior students. The award will provide assistance for any education related expenses, including but not limited to books, tuition, fees and room and board.

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 enrolled in 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.

ENGLISH AWARDS

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 an English major 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 for this award.

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.

Additional Scholarship Information

Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships (for members of this honor society)

Donaghey Scholars Honors Program (UA Little Rock’s fully-funded university Honors Program)

UA Little Rock Scholarships

Some of the the scholarships offered at UA Little Rock include: the Shelby Breedlove Transfer Scholarship, the Academic Achievement Scholarship, the Academic Merit Scholarship, the Academic Excellence Scholarship, Academic Distinction Scholarship, Chancellor’s Leadership Corp (CLC), single parent scholarships, and more.

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship