Texas Tech University

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

Each year the Department of English awards more than $10,000 in competitive scholarships to graduate students in literature, creative writing, and linguistics. Our students also compete favorably for a variety of lucrative scholarships and fellowships available through public agencies and the Graduate School at Texas Tech.

New and continuing students, please fill out this online application to be considered for both Graduate School and English Departmental Scholarships/Fellowships.

The Allan L. Carter & Olga Meloy Carter Memorial Scholarship

Intended for a graduate student specializing in Medieval or Renaissance literature and exhibiting positive traits such as creativity, a talent for self-expression, enthusiasm, an ability to inspire others, and academic promise.

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Helen Locke Carter Memorial Scholarship

For a graduate or upper division undergraduate student majoring in English who demonstrates promise and scholarly interest in the theory and practice of literacy. The number of awards is variable and the amounts will be at least $500 per year.

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Benjamin Rude Memorial Scholarship

Awarded for the recognition of academic achievement and positive personal attributes such as problem-solving, creativity, the ability to influence others, community service activities, and/or the ability to succeed in school despite health or financial problems.

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George T. Prigmore Graduate English Scholarship

For graduate students majoring in English with a minimum overall 3.5 GPA. Recipient will have positive traits such as creativity, a talent for self-expression, enthusiasm, good judgment, and an ability to inspire others. Recipient will have expressed a commitment to teaching English language and literature at the secondary or post-secondary education level. Candidates must be nominated by a member of the English department graduate faculty. Financial need is not considered. Administered by the Student Awards and Scholarships Committee.

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Mary Sue Carlock/Joyce Thompson Graduate English Scholarship

For a female graduate student majoring in American literature in the department. This scholarship was established to encourage women to study American literature. Administered by the Student Awards and Scholarships Committee. Scholarships are renewable annually, assuming normal progress toward degree requirements is completed. Amount is approximately $500.

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English Faculty-Alumni Graduate English Scholarship

For an incoming graduate student majoring in English at either the M.A. or Ph.D. level who exhibits exceptional promise to become a member of the English profession. Established by the English Faculty and English Alumni. Selected by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Graduate Studies committee. Amount is up to $1,000.

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William Bryan Gates Graduate Award in English

For a graduate student majoring in English with a minimum overall 3.50 GPA and positive traits such as creativity, a talent for self-expression, enthusiasm, good judgment, and an ability to inspire others. Must be recommended by a member of the English Department graduate faculty. Administered by the Student Awards and Scholarships Committee. Two awarded.

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Warren S. Walker Award for Critical Writing

This award recognizes the best essay written in an organized graduate course in English during a calendar year. Chapters in theses and dissertations are ineligible. Essays must be nominated by a member of the English department Graduate Faculty. The recipient will be selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.

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