The Department of English depends on the generosity of our alumni and friends. If you would like to make a gift to support our scholarships, the Department of English in general, or to establish a new fund, please contact one of our gift officers.
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When donating online, please specify the scholarship of your choice by selecting “Other” in the “I would like to direct my gift to” drop-down menu; then type the name of scholarship in the “Other Designation” box.
Claudia Emerson Scholarship
Craig Sirles MA in English Scholarship
Dr. L. Terry Oggel Scholarship
Your gift is important to us and will enable the Department of English to recruit bright and promising students, in a time when the rising costs of university education can be a deterrent. We in the faculty are very excited at the prospects ahead, and grateful for the generosity of the donors.
The Claudia Emerson Scholarship, funded by colleagues, friends and family of the late and beloved, Pulitzer Prize winning faculty member, is awarded to continuing MFA students in the poetry or creative nonfiction program in the Department of English. This scholarship fund started making annual awards in 2015.
The Craig Sirles MA in English Scholarship, funded by an alumnus of the Department of English, is awarded to a first year graduate student engaged in literary study who is earning their Master of Arts in English. This scholarship fund started making annual awards in the fall of 2016.
The Dr. L. Terry Oggel Scholarship, funded by colleagues, friends and family of the current faculty member, honors his long-standing commitment to the Department and to MA program. This scholarship is awarded to a student in good standing pursuing a Master of Arts in English. This scholarship started making annual awards in the fall of 2017.
More details about these VCU scholarships along with the mandatory applications can be found at vcu.academicworks.com. Students who wish to be considered must complete the application. Questions related to the application process can be directed to Caitlin Hanbury at (804) 827-0862 or email@example.com.