Scholarship decisions are typically made in the spring semester prior to the upcoming academic year by the department chair. There are no applications and decisions are based on academic performance and financial need. To be considered for a scholarship, you must be a registered University of St. Thomas student who has officially declared a major in English, a major in English with a Writing Emphasis, or a major in English with a Teacher Education Emphasis (5-12).
Thanks to generous benefactors, the English Department offers the following three departmental scholarships:
The Hague Award for Excellence
This award recognizes one senior English major who has demonstrated excellence and the promise for further growth in the study of language and literature, has a record of academic achievement, service to the community, and active engagement and/or leadership at the University of St. Thomas. The Hague Award for Excellence was established by a generous donation from the James A. Kurpius '60 family in honor of Paul Hague, a faculty member in the English Department from 1955-1990 and an advisor to the Aquinas yearbook from 1957-1961. Hague was also named Professor of the Year by St. Thomas students and faculty in 1987. A plaque that recognizes current and past recipients of this award hangs outside of the English Department administrative office, located on the third floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.
The Herbert Slusser Scholarship
This scholarship is given every other year to an English major who has financial need. Herbert Slusser was on the English faculty from 1947-1969 and served as chair of the department several times during those years.
The Joseph B. Connors Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a senior English major who excels academically and has financial need. This scholarship honors professor Joseph B. Connors, who served for many years in the English Department at St. Thomas. He is also the author of Journey Towards Fulfillment, a history of the College of St. Thomas.
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, offers scholarship opportunities to its members. Amounts range from $1000 to $4000, depending on the scholarship applied for. Additional information about Sigma Tau Delta and these scholarship opportunities can be found on Sigma Tau Delta's website.