Each spring the department announces the recipient(s) of the Vera L. Sieb Scholarship established by Floyd W. Sieb in honor of his sister, who taught English for many years at Valparaiso High School. The scholarship is normally awarded for the senior year but may be awarded to an outstanding student or students for the junior year. The amount of the awards will vary depending on endowment performance, but generally ranges upward from $1,000. Awards are made solely in recognition of the merit of an English major's work.
The most appropriate memorial to the work of Professor Paul F. Phipps, a distinguished member of the English department for almost forty years, this scholarship encourages excellent students of literature and language. The scholarship, created by Professor Phipps's widow, Arline Phipps, and the Department of English, based solely on academic performance and merit, will be awarded each year to a sophomore or upperclass English major.
This scholarship honors the memory of Margot Ann Uehling, a gifted writer and teacher of literature. It awards the undergraduate student who writes the best essay during the academic year. Any undergraduate may submit up to one essay, either person or scholarly, of 1000 words or more. There are no restrictions on subject or format. The winner will be chosen by members of the English department and notified mid-summer.
Cash prizes will be awarded in all categories. Judges for contests are noted authors or editors outside of Valparaiso University. The judges will choose first-, second-, and third-place winners, as well as works recognized for honorable mention in each genre.
All Valparaiso University undergraduate students are encouraged to compete. Students may submit to more than one category. Submissions are limited to one entry in each of the following: short fiction, critical essay, creative nonfiction. A maximum of three poems may be submitted.
Submit *two* copies of your work (short story, critical essay, creative nonfiction, or poems) without your name on the manuscript pages. Also, include a cover sheet containing your name, postal address, email address, phone number, genre, and title of the work(s) submitted. All poems will be considered for the multiple categories applicable.
Bring or send your work to the Huegli Hall Departmental Offices Support Center, 124 Huegli Hall.
***Deadline is 5:00 p.m., March 25.***
If you have any questions, contact Professor Allison Schuette or Professor Edward Byrne in the Department of English.