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    Department Resources


    Marilyn Durham
    Department Chair
    Phone: (262) 472-5050
    Location: Laurentide 3207

    Peter Hoff
    Foreign Language Coordinator
    Phone: (262) 472-1591
    Location: Laurentide 3110

    Mary Orval
    Academic Dept Assoc
    Phone: (262) 472-1036
    Location: Laurentide 3209

    English Department Scholarships:

    Corinne E. Forster Endowment Estimated Amount: $1800.00


    Corinne E. Forster taught Secondary Education English at UW-Whitewater from 1945-1984. She cared deeply for her students and had a contagious passion for learning, great works, and writing 'for the real world.' She established this endowment to support students' pursuit of writing, in keeping with her motto: 'The pleasure of doing good never wears out.'


    This award grants three (3) tuition waivers of $1800 each to English, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing majors who submit a writing portfolio. Freshman, sophomores, and juniors submit a total of fifty (50) pages of writing, which can include papers submitted for class requirements, short fiction, a screenplay OR twenty-five (25) poems.

    Edie Thornton Memorial Scholarship Estimated Amount: $900.00


    Edie Thornton taught in the English and Women's Studies at UW-Whitewater from 1998-2007. She was a highly regarded teacher who inspired students and faculty. She is known for her ground breaking research and presentations on Edith Wharton. This scholarship is to memorialize and encourage Edie's passion for teaching. It is designated for students majoring and/or minoring in English and/or Women's Studies.


    Preference will be given to students who major in one (English or Women's Studies) and minor in the other. Candidate must be a full-time student at UW-Whitewater with sophomore or junior status. In addition to filling in the application, students must attach an updated résumé and an Academic Report (AR), and must have two letters of reference from teachers, preferably teachers of English and/or Women's Studies. Ray Griffith Memorial Scholarship

    For more information about this scholarship, please contact Lauren Smith.

    Ray Griffith Memorial Scholarship Estimated Amount: $600.00


    This scholarship is in honor of Ray Griffith, who taught English at UW-Whitewater from 1978 until 1995. During those years, Ray taught American Literature and English for International Students. He was also known for his cultural commentary on Wisconsin Public Radio. Ray inspired students and teachers alike with his lively wit and compassion for others. The scholarship is specifically designated for international students who will be majoring in English at UW-Whitewater.

    The candidate must be a full-time student in high school (or, for transfer students, in a university) who demonstrates high academic achievement, with a strong aptitude in English, and CLEPT scores of 550. The candidate must complete the online application and submit a résumé, academic transcripts, two letters of reference from teachers, and an original 500-word essay on why the applicant would benefit from studying English at UW-Whitewater.Silver/Savage English/Environmental Scholarship

    Silver/Savage English/Environmental Scholarship Estimated Amount: $2000.00

    This scholarship is given by Donna Silver, UW System, and George Savage, former professor at UW-Whitewater. It is made possible through the generous inheritance from George's mother, Nellie Savage, a teacher, church elder, a leader of the of the local American Field Service, and world traveler. Nellie was married to Dr. William C. G. Savage, a veterinarian. Nellie's interests gravitated to the humanities; William's toward the sciences. This scholarship is meant to encourage a melding of these two worlds. To that end, this is a multidisciplinary scholarship given to students studying (major/minor) in two of the following three areas: English, Environmental Science/Studies, and Biology. One of the majors/minors, however, must be in English. 

    The candidate must be a full-time second, third, or fourth year (continuing) student (or transfer student) in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA) who has declared a major or minor in English as well as a major or minor in Environmental Science/Studies or Biology. Candidates must submit 1) a letter of application that contains a brief 100-300 word statement about some of the ways the applicant sees his or her English major/minor being enhanced by a major/minor in Environmental Science/Studies or Biology (or, conversely, the ways a major/minor in Environmental Science/Studies or Biology is enhanced by an English major/minor), 2) an updated résumé, 3) academic transcripts, and 4) two letters, one from an English teacher and one from an Environmental Science/Studies or Biology teacher. Applications should be submitted online.

    Kristine Grimsrud Memorial Scholarship Estimated Amount: $4,000.00

    The scholarship was established through Richard & Wilma Grimsrud, in memory of their daughter Kristine. Kristine was a 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in English, and a passion for poetry and creative writing. On October 30th, 1974, she died from injuries sustained in a plane crash. After her untimely death, family members found a multitude of poetry and prose in her files. Her poems, written between 1966 and 1974, were compiled into two books, Touching a Dream, self-published in December of 1974, and Waiting for a Flash of Brilliance, self-published in 2015.

    This $4000 scholarship shall be granted only to students who have declared their major in English with a creative writing emphasis, and who have demonstrated financial need. English and Creative Writing Faculty will judge the application with the help of the Grimsrud family. The scholarship is renewable, but the candidate must reapply with a portfolio of new written work and complete the selection process each year.

    Jack Heide Creative Writing Award Estimated Amount: $500.00

    The Heide award is given to the writer of an outstanding creative text. This non-renewable award is open to all majors. A registered UW-Whitewater student receives a tuition credit of $500 and recognition at the Superior Student Writing Awards ceremony in the spring. The work will be judged by the creative writing faculty.

    The Paul Grant Award Estimated Amount: $500.00

    This nonrenewable $500 tuition credit is granted to an incoming freshman declared as an English Literature or English Education major. The credit is applied to the student's first semester. All submissions are judged by the Languages & Literature Department's Nomination and Scholarship Committee, who will contact the recipient. The award is granted ONLY to a student committed to attending UW-Whitewater as an English Literature or English Education major.

    To find the requirements for these English Department scholarships click Scholarship Requirements.

    For further information about these scholarships, please contact our Scholarships Chairperson Deborah Fratz.

    Languages Department Scholarships:


    The Qatar Scholarship Program

    Arabic language students may master their skills under this intensive program at Qatar University in Doha for an academic year. It is a non-degree program, but students will receive a certificate upon completion of the academic year. Credit will also be awarded. The scholarship includes tuition; room and board in university dorms; round-trip airfare; local transportation; and books. Visit for more information.

    AL Muammar Scholarship for Journalism

    If you're pursuing degrees in both Arabic and journalism, you should consider this $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Arab American Institute Foundation. Applicants should be committed to journalism and possess a sensitivity to Arab American issues. Community involvement and initiative in social advocacy and civic empowerment are required to apply. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic and academic ability, as well as financial need. Visit for more information.

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    This scholarship is intended for U.S. undergraduates who plan to study abroad. The average award is $4,000. Recipients with backgrounds in supercritical languages like Arabic are then eligible for an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program. Visit for more information.

    "Dream Deferred" Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East

    Interested students should visit and view the writing prompts. One grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship. One second place winner will receive $1,500. Three runners-up will receive $500 each.

    Critical Languages Scholarship Program

    This culturally enriching program offers language instruction overseas to undergraduate students. The program lasts from seven to ten weeks and is fully funded by the government in an effort to increase the number of students who become proficient in critical languages such as Arabic. Visit for more information.


    Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

    The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State sponsors The Gilman Scholarhsip every year. Their aim is to cultivate friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the people of the U.S. and other countries. This relationship fosters students' ability to adopt signigicant roles in the global economy and the increasingly interdependent world. Therefore, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offeres U.S. undergraduate students, who are otherwise unable, the opportunity to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Visit for more information.

    Boren Scholarship

    The Boren Scholarship is for highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. To accept funding, Boren Scholars must commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The national Security Education Program funds Boren Scholarships to provide U.S. undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. These areas include Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Visit for more information.

    Bridging Japan Scholarship

    The Bridging Project funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation due to generous contributions from a number of corporations, private foundations, and individual donors to offer scholarships to U.S. undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. There are 100 scholarships awarded each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they accumulate while abroad.  Bridging Scholarships are $2,500 for students who are pursuing semester-long programs and $4,000 for students pursuing academic year programs. Visit for more information.


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