We want to recognize and reward outstanding students for their accomplishments and potential as scholars and writers in the field of English whenever possible.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Elizabeth Adams Shreves Scholarship

This scholarship is given to an English major, preferably a woman.

Sigurd and Vivian D. Anderson Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in English with emphases in English literature and grammar.

Dorothy Baisch Selz Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student who maintains an overall GPA of 3.3 and a G.P.A. of 3.5 in English.

Betty Beasom Crew Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in English who has financial need and academic achievement.

English Department Memorial Scholarship

This award is presented to one or more students, graduate or undergraduate, who:

  1. Inspire others in English.
  2. Contribute to department publications, projects or committees.
  3. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Alvina and Robert Hall Scholarship in English

This scholarship is given to an undergraduate English major. Academic achievement and financial need are considered in choosing the recipient.

Gertrude Gunderson Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a junior who has the winning manuscript determined by the chair of the Department of English. A member of the local General Women's Club will read the winning manuscript and send the winner's personal resume to the president of the South Dakota General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Judith K. Meierhenry English Scholarship

Two $2,500 undergraduate scholarships are given to one junior and one senior USD student who are majoring in English and are pursuing a career as a non-fiction writer or English teacher. A student receiving the scholarship as a junior will receive it again for their senior year.

Dorothy Mortimer Dunlap Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a junior female student majoring in English. The award may be renewed for the senior year. Merit and need are considered in selecting the recipient.

Joane Riley Scholarship

This award is given to students majoring in English at USD. First consideration is given to students in the USD Scholars program.

Margaret B. Sanger Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in English.

Freshman Scholarships

For freshman scholarships see Financial Aid.

For more information about any of these scholarships, please email us english@usd.edu.


Awards and Prizes

Creative Writing Awards

Competition is open to all USD students who will be returning in the subsequent semester. Submissions are due March 1 and will be reviewed by the creative writing faculty in the English Department. Winners will be awarded scholarships to be used in the following academic year. Instructions for submission are below. Email all materials to english@usd.edu or hard copy to the English Department, Dakota Hall 212.

Archer B. Gilfillan Scholarship (Undergraduate)

  • Submit 3-4 poems, one short story or one piece of creative non-fiction for consideration. You are free to submit work in more than one genre, but please submit only one entry per genre.
  • Make sure your name appears on your submission(s).
  • Include a cover sheet that lists your name, address, phone number, email address, class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior) and major.
  • Your cover sheet should indicate that you are applying for the Archer B. Gilfillan Scholarship.

Gladys Hasse Poetry Award (Graduate or Undergraduate)

  • Submit 10-15 pages of poetry.
  • Make sure your name appears on your submission.
  • Include a cover sheet that lists your name, address, phone number, email address, class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate) and major.
  • Your cover sheet should indicate that you are applying for the Gladys Hasse Poetry Award.

Please note that if you are an undergraduate, all Hasse submissions will also automatically be considered for Gilfillan Scholarships as well. Similarly, submitting poems for Hasse consideration does not preclude you from entering a short story or piece of creative non-fiction for Gilfillan consideration.

Wayne S. and Esther M. Knutson Award for Playwriting (Graduate or Undergraduate)

  • Submit dramatic writing of performable length.
  • Make sure your name appears on your submission.
  • Include a cover sheet that lists your name, address, phone number, email address, class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate) and major.
  • Your cover sheet should indicate that you are applying for the Knutson Award for Playwriting.

John G. Dow Prize in English

This prize is awarded to a member of the senior graduating class each year who, in the opinion of the chairman of the Department of English, has the best knowledge of English diction with regard to purity of style and to clarity of expression.

Thomas and Alice Gasque Study-in-Britain Award

This award is awarded to a USD undergraduate with a grade point average of 3.2 or higher, with special preference given to English majors, for the purpose of studying in Great Britain.

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Elbert W. and Marjorie Harrington Book Award

This endowed account was established in 1976 by Dean Elbert Harrington and friends. The Department of English is one of several departments that were specified to receive books.

This award consists of an appropriate book given to a deserving student. Each faculty member may nominate students. A faculty committee appointed by the chair then selects the recipient, and one faculty member is designated to select the book.