Scholarships and Awards
These scholarships and prizes offer rewards to excellent students of English literature and promising writers at Valparaiso University.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AWARDS SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS
The Department of English has awarded English major Emma Hecht ’20 of Battle Creek, Michigan, with the Paul F. Phipps Merit Scholarship for the 2019–2020 academic year. Henry W. and Laura M. Prahl Scholarships have been awarded to English majors Hayley Kim ’20 of Highland, Indiana, Alexis Mentis ’20 of Greentown, Indiana, Emily Neuharth ’20 of Wheaton, Illinois, and Kylie Sterling ’20 of Palos Heights, Illinois. The department has awarded Vera Sieb Scholarships for 2019-2020 to English majors Courtney Earl ’20 of Valparaiso, Indiana, Zoe Fischer ’20 of Channahon, Illinois, Jesse Hershberger ’20 of Madison, Wisconsin, Megan Jones ’20 of Crown Point, Indiana, and Kristian Josifoski ’20 of Hebron, Indiana
For further information, contact John Ruff at 464-5284
The Sieb Scholarship
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 Paul F. Phipps Merit in English Scholarship
An appropriate memorial to the work of Professor Paul F. Phipps, a distinguished member of the English department for almost 40 years, this scholarship encourages excellent students of literature and language. The scholarship, created by Professor Phipps’ widow, Arline Phipps, and the English department, is based solely on academic performance and merit. It is awarded each year to a sophomore or upperclass English major.
The Margot Ann Uehling Prize for Writing
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 personal or scholarly, of 1,000 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. Submissions should be sent as an attachment in an e-mail to UehlingPrize@Valpo.Edu by a deadline announced during spring semester.
The Wordfest Writing Contest
Seven awards and a prize are awarded to Valpo students in this annual contest, which is associated with Wordfest, the Valpo English department’s celebration of books and authors:
- The Wordfest Poetry Award
- The Wordfest Short Fiction Award
- The Wordfest Creative Nonfiction Award
- The Wordfest Dramatic Writing Award
- The Wordfest Critical Essay Award
- The Academy of American Poets Award
- The Anna Zink Springsteen Prize
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: poetry, short fiction, critical essay, and creative nonfiction.
Submit your works (short story, creative nonfiction, critical essay, poetry, dramatic writing) by e-mail as Word attachments (addressed to email@example.com). Each genre must be in its own Word file attachment. Also, include a cover note containing your name, campus address, phone number, age, home postal address, e-mail address, genre(s) submitted, and title of the work(s) submitted. Guidelines must be followed. Deadline will be announced in March. Finalists will be notified, and results will be announced at an awards ceremony. The contests are sponsored by Wordfest of the English department and the Cultural Arts Committee.
The Anna Zink Springsteen Prize
This prize is awarded to a senior, usually an English major, who has made a substantial contribution to campus literary life, preferably with special gifts in poetry composition.