English Scholarships

It's not completely unusual for someone who wants to continue their education after high school to major in English, but that’s entirely understandable. English is a popular major for a reason: You get to read interesting novels for homework, impress future interviewers with flashy vocabulary and improve your writing skills.

Those writing skills you work on will certainly pay off. The costs of a college education are high, but many English scholarship opportunities are available to students willing to put forth the effort necessary to win. When you sit down to complete your scholarship applications, you’ll be thankful for the hours you spent on English class essays.

Students who choose to major in English can use their writing skills to apply for any essay scholarship and writing scholarships, but there are some especially created with English majors in mind. Numerous English scholarships are available to current and future English majors. If you’re one of those creative types, you can even apply for scholarships indirectly geared towards you, like poetry scholarships or video scholarships. Whichever awards you choose to apply for, take advantage of your talents. Conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com to find more English scholarships and grants that can help you pay for school.

¡Adelante! Fund Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/3/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund is a leadership development, non-profit organization dedicated to Hispanic college students. Our Mission is to inspire the best and brightest Latino students to graduate and lead through scholarships, internships, and leadership training. All majors are welcome to apply for this scholarship, but students must be pursuing a pre-law program and/or [...] More

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This program places minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing at Science Magazine for 10 weeks over the summer. Interns experience what it's like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.

    The internship is open to any minority undergraduate with a serious interest in science writing. Preference [...] More

Augustana College Fryxell Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Dr. Lucy Fryxell established the Don Fryxell Scholarship in memory of her husband. She desired that the scholarship be awarded to young scholars who wish to study the humanities. As English professors, the Fryxells had a special affinity for literature and the pursuit of an elegant and excellent use of the English language. Therefore, special consideration is given to candidates with an interest [...] More

AWMF & Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The AWM Foundation's partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation focuses on the achievements and contributions of citizens with disabilities. This journalist scholarship program consists of one $2,500 scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student's educational institute. The winning applicant must also be able to attend AWMF's Gracies Awards Luncheon in June in New York City to [...] More

Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • This scholarship was created in 1995 to honor the late Bobette Bibo Gugliotta, author of several books, including Katzimo: Mysterious Mesa; Pigboat 39, about a World War II submarine; and Women of Mexico: The Consecrated and the Commoners, 1519-1900. In 1930, when she was 11 years old, Mrs. Gugliotta wrote a story about a mouse who later became Mickey. Mrs. Gugliotta married U.S. Navy Ensign Guy [...] More

College of Saint Rose Academic Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The College of Saint Rose is committed to enrolling students with superior ability and proven achievement. To support our commitment, the college offers a generous array of academic scholarships. These scholarships are not based on financial need, but on the merits of students' academic achievement.

    The College of Saint Rose scholarships are awarded upon acceptance to Saint Rose and are [...] More

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The State Association of the Daughters of Pioneers of Washington grants two (2) $1,500 scholarships annually. In order to qualify for this scholarship you must be all of the following:

    1. A descendant of a person establishing residence in one of these states:
    a. Washington State during or prior to 1870
    b. Oregon State during or prior to 1853
    c. Idaho State during or prior to [...] More

Earl Woods Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Earl Woods Scholarship Program was created to honor Tiger's father, Earl, and his lifelong commitment to children. Scholarships are awarded to academically successful, graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated financial need and a proven commitment to community service.

    Eligibility:
    -Student must be a graduating high school senior from a geographic area that has been invited to [...] More

GRCF Ladies Literary Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    To be eligible for the Ladies Literary Club Scholarship, students must be a resident of Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Allegan, Montcalm or Barry counties in Michigan majoring in literary arts at any accredited Michigan college [...] More

GRCF Rosemary Cook Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    To be eligible for the Rosemary Cook Education Scholarship, students must be Kent County residents and a graduate of a Grand Rapids Public High School pursuing an undergraduate degree in Education full-time at any accredited [...] More

Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing - in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. The McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing [...] More

IFC-UC Irvine MSU

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF offers many joint scholarships to Muslim Student/University Alumni groups that share its common mission and vision. ISF is honored to work with the UC Irvine Muslim Alumni Association to host the ISF-UCI Muslim Alumni Scholarship to enable UCI students to achieve their goals in higher education. The program aims to seek to reciprocally reward active leaders in the Muslim Ummah, who have the [...] More

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

  • Application Deadline: 1/27/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards the Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.

    Each is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in [...] More

ISC-IIOC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-IIOC scholarship of the Islamic Institute of Orange County (IIOC).

    Eligibility:
    -Active member of the IIOC
    -Attending an accredited university in the U.S.
    -Majoring in an ISF-supported field of study
    -Maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA
    -A citizen or permanent resident of [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Our belief is that fostering education and improving Muslim representation in all walks of life including media and politics will lead to full integration and [...] More

ISF-MCA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-MCA Scholarship of the Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area, MCA. The ISF-MCA Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with the MCA.

    Each eligible applicant must be:
    -Active member of the MCA
    -Attending an accredited university in [...] More

ISF-MCC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-MCC Scholarship of the Muslim Community Center East Bay, MCC. The ISF-MCC Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with the MCC.

    Each Eligible Applicant Must Be:
    -An active member of the MCC
    -Attending an accredited university in the [...] More

ISF-MSA West Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • ISF offers many joint scholarships to Muslim Student/University Alumni groups that share its common mission and vision. ISF is honored to work with the MSA-West to host the ISF-MSA West Scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    -Be attending an accredited MSA West member university in the U.S. and attended the MSA West Conference
    -Majoring in an ISF supported field of study
    -Maintaining a minimum 3.0 [...] More

ISF-SRVIC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ISF offers many joint and sponsored scholarships with partner organizations, masjids, student/alumni associations and private sponsors that share its mission and vision. SF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing joint scholarships. ISF is honored to host the ISF-SRVIC scholarship of the San Ramon Valley Islamic Center (SRVIC). The ISF-SRVIC Scholarship program is only [...] More

ISI Henry Salvatori Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 1/16/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The ISI Salvatori Fellowship seeks to further an understanding and appreciation of the principles held by the American Founding Fathers and the culture that formed their values and views.

    Eligibility:
    -Members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute
    -Engaged in graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the collegiate level
    -U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in a graduate [...] More

ISI Richard M. Weaver Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 1/23/2018
  • Amount: $15,000
  • ISI's Graduate Fellowship Program is characterized by the observation of Richard M. Weaver that "a liberal education specifically prepares for the achievement of freedom." After more than fifty years, the ISI graduate fellows program boasts some of the most distinguished figures in the academy and public life. Each year ISI grants Richard M. Weaver Fellowships to students who intend to use their [...] More

JAINA Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Academic Scholarship Committee provides support for any bright, hard-working, goal-oriented, practicing Jain youth in North America to be able to afford to attend an institution of higher learning where they can develop their skills and talents, and eventually make the community, country and world a better place. This committee has created the JAINA Academic Scholarship Program (JASP) which [...] More

JSU Alabama Opal R. & Opal A. Lovett Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship was established by Mr. Opal R. and Ms. Opal A. Lovett for a deserving student majoring in history, English or art who has achieved sophomore or above status with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Mr. Lovett was the university's photographer prior to his retirement. Ms. Lovett taught in the English department prior to her retirement.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

JSU Alabama Randy Owen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The JSU Alabama Randy Owen Scholarship is approximately $1,000 and is offered to English majors who are Alabama residents with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and 3.5 GPA in English.

    For more information about this award, please visit our [...] More

Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship and Internship from Scholastic

  • Application Deadline: 1/29/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in public relations who would be able to fulfill a paid summer internship at the company's New York City headquarters.

    An applicant must be majoring or (for high school seniors) declaring a major in a communications-related field, including but not limited to advertising, broadcasting, communications, English, film, [...] More

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest is an ongoing merit competition for new and amateur aspiring writers. Run on a quarterly basis, an eligible entry is any previously unpublished short story or novelette (under 17,000 words) of science fiction or fantasy.

    There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a first prize of $1,000, a second prize of $750, and a third prize of $500. [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and scholarships are renewable for four (4) [...] More

New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards scholarships annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.

    Eligibility:
    -High school seniors who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT or PA, attend a high school in one of these states, and will graduate this spring
    -College [...] More

Norma Ross Walter Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to female graduates of Nebraska high schools who plan to enroll as English majors in accredited colleges or universities. Journalism is not included.

    Applicants must be female high school seniors, who plan to continue their educations as English majors in accredited colleges or universities. Selection is based [...] More

Oklahoma Future Teachers Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Future Teachers Scholarship Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as an incentive to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in the public schools of Oklahoma.

    Eligibility:
    -The student must be a resident of Oklahoma
    -The student must be nominated by the college in which they are enrolled on the basis of: cumulative high [...] More

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors are eligible to receive a trip to Atlanta where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops, and a scholarship & donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, studying a field of study [...] More

The Loren Gruber Scholarship for Literary Studies

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Missouri Valley College offers two four-year scholarships for incoming English majors with a composite ACT score of 21 or higher (and/or SAT critical reading and math score of 976 or higher) and a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Selection of scholarship recipients is based on an essay, test scores, and high school GPA and is contingent on majoring in English.

    For the scholarship, submit a [...] More

The R.L. Gillette Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

    All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
    -Completed online application including all sections of the essay
    -Official transcripts
    -Two [...] More

The Virginia Zank Scholarship for Writing Studies

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Virginia Zank Scholarship: Submit a 500-word essay describing your relationship to writing. What do you write? Why do you write? What are your writing goals for college? What are your writing goals after college? How will the Virginia Zank Scholarship help you achieve your goals? Applicants must be incoming English majors with a 21 ACT score or higher (and/or SAT Critical Reading and Math [...] More

Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition Project Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 11/25/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • Imaginations is a design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering with the purpose of seeking out and nurturing the next generation of diverse Imagineers. Started in 1991 by Disney Legend and Imagineering executive Marty Sklar, the program has grown to include a separate version sponsored by Hong Kong Disneyland.

    Throughout the years, hundreds of students from universities [...] More

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