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English Department Scholarships

The English Department distributes five scholarships. Scholarships may be used only for tuition at GRCC. The deadline to apply for any of the five is 4:30 p.m. on November 13, 2015.  

Click the title of any scholarship (or scroll down) to find more information about how to apply.

English Department Scholarship

Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship

Creative Writing Scholarship

Dr. Phillip Sigal Peace and Justice Memorial Scholarship

The Barb and Helen Scholarship

To apply for any of the scholarships below, complete the following steps: 

  1. Fill out the "Online Scholarship Application Form" by following the link on the right side of this page or by clicking here.
  2. Prepare/assemble any required materials such as writing samples, letters, etc. (see below for specific requirements for each scholarship). 
  3. Either deliver those materials to the English Department (4th floor of College Park Plaza) or email them as attachments to  


English Department Scholarship

The English Department scholarship is funded by contributions made by the English Department faculty and staff. It is open to all students. For more information on the English Department Scholarship, contact Prof. Andrew Lussky (

English Department Scholarship criteria:

  1. Proficiency in English courses
  2. Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  3. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a
  4. 3.0 GPA in EN courses
  5. Submission of a writing sample

Application process: See PDF download link on the upper right side of this page.


Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship

Elva VanHaitsma taught at GRCC in the English Department for 30 years. She inspired her students through her love of poetry and literature.  For more information on the Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship, contact Prof. Andrew Lussky (

Elva VanHaitsma Scholarship criteria:

  1. Submission of an original poem, short story, literary critique or research paper on a literary topic
  2. Demonstrated academic ability and commitment to completing a BA in English

Application process: See PDF download link on the upper right side of this page.


Creative Writing Scholarship

Up to $800 for resident/$900 for non-resident.  Creative writing scholarships will be awarded to full-time students and are renewable based on satisfactory progress. Partial awards may be made to part-time students. For more information on the Creative Writing Scholarship, contact Prof. Maryann Lesert ( or Prof. Kimberly Wyngarden (

Creative Writing Scholarship criteria:

  1. Quality of writing 
  2. Demonstrated interest in the field of creative writing
  3. Grade point average will not be a determining factor in the selection process.

Application Requirements for the Creative Writing Scholarship

  1. Instructor recommendation (recommended but not required)
  2. Submit a 1-2 page double-spaced essay on your writing history, interests, and goals.
  3. Submit a writing sample of up to 10 pages (single-space poems one per page, double-space fiction and creative nonfiction; use standard left-aligned spacing for playscripts or screenplays).


Dr. Phillip Sigal Peace and Justice Memorial Scholarship

Award amount: Up to $1,400.  This scholarship is renewable.  Those interested in applying for the Sigal Scholarship are advised to contact Prof. Andrew Lussky ( or Prof. Maryann Lesert ( to learn more about the scholarship and to see examples of successful applications.

Sigal Peace and Justice Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated leadership or volunteerism in areas of the environment, housing, feeding and caring for the poor and the elderly, racism, multi-culturalism, inter-faith dialogue, international understanding, or other worthy peace and justice causes
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5

Application Requirements for the Sigal Scholarship

  1. Instructor recommendation (recommended but not required)
  2. Copy of transcript showing current GPA of 2.5 or higher
  3. Documentation of your efforts on behalf of peace or justice causes (nature of the work, time spent doing the work,1-3 letter(s) of recommendation from supervisors or others impacted by this work).


The Barb and Helen Scholarship

The Barb LaBelle and Helen Beuker Scholarship for Women’s Studies and Literature honors two English Department colleagues and friends for their passion for literature, their commitment to theatre, and the advancement of women in education. For more information on the Barb and Helen Scholarship, contact Prof. Susan Mowers.

Barb and Helen Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated interest in 2 or more areas:

    • Course work in Women’s Studies
    • Course work in literature and/or drama as literature classes
    • Theater involvement
    • Writing or publication
    • Newspaper involvement
    • Involvement in women’s organizations
  2. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Eligible after earning 12 semester credits
  4. Instructor recommendation

Application Requirements for the Barb and Helen Scholarship

  1. Instructor recommendation
  2. A copy of your transcript showing your current GPA
  3. Writing sample of 500-1000 words describing why you deserve this award