BA in English

Program Scholarships

Christine Worthen Eames Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2006 in memory of Christine W. Eames, Communications ’99, an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, by her mother, Joan Christensen Eames.  The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students who are aspiring writers.  Recipients must be an undergraduate majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing or in communications with a concentration in journalism.  Recipient may be a full-time or part-time student and an in-state or out-of-state student, and qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The scholarship is renewable, subject to the availability of funds.

Dr. Barry Berkey Personal Essay Award Endowment

Established in 2010 by Velma Berkey, the wife of Dr. Barry Berkey. The purpose of the fund is to provide a prestigious annual award for undergraduate students pursing a degree in English that recognizes and encourages writing excellence in general and creative nonfiction in particular. Candidates must be a junior or senior as defined by at least 60 completed credit hours at the time of application, and must submit a personal essay of 1,000 words or less. Submissions must be original, not previously published, and entirely true. Candidates must include their G numbers on the essay as their names will be blinded. Recipient may be an in-state or out-of-state student, and may be either full or part-time. Junior students may submit in both junior and senior years. One essay per applicant, per year may be entered.

Cynthia Wynn Herman Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1995 in memory of Cynthia Wynn Herman, MA '90, by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wynn, joined by others, to benefit students pursuing a degree in English with an interest in women's studies. Recipients may be a full-time of part-time and an in-state or out-of-state student. The scholarship may be renewable. Cynthia Wynn Herman, an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was assistant director of the Writing Center and editor of the women's studies program newsletter.

Current students may apply for this scholarship through the Office of Financial Aid Award Spring portal.  

English Scholarships

Recipients will qualify on basis of merit and/or need; and may be in-state or out-of-state students.

Wendi Kauffman Memorial Writer's Endowed Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for students in their work as writers and to promote their success. Examples of possible uses include, but are not limited to: support for attending conferences or other venues for getting connected with other writers, editors, or agents; retreats or similar venues that allow writers to engage in extended, uninterrupted periods of productive work; acquisition of writer tools such as printers, printing supplies, or computers; payment of tuition or expenses related to attending the creative writing program.

This fund was started in 2015 with donations from alums to honor the late alumnus whose short story collection, Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories, became the first title published by Stillhouse Press in the summer of 2014. Stillhouse Press is an independent, student-run, non-profit press based out of Northern Virginia.

Randolph and Lucy Church Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2006 by Randolph W. Church, Jr. and Lucy C. Church, ’81, MPA ’86 to attract outstanding students majoring in English, history, modern languages, philosophy, psychology, political sciences, humanities, or economics. Mr. Church, an attorney, is a former rector of the Board of Visitors and former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation. Mrs. Church, a former trustee of the foundation and a former faculty member, is an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Recipient must:

  • Be an incoming freshman with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and a strong record of scholastic achievement in college preparatory courses;
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student;
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Show unusual promise of superior scholastic achievement in the opinion of the college dean;
  • and major in one of the following: English, history, modern languages philosophy, psychology or economics.