Note: for university scholarships, see the Financial Aid website.
All Scholarship recipients must:
- Be enrolled and complete coursework as a full-time English major student in the Fall and Spring semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held.
- Students who graduate in December of the academic year for which the scholarship is held are not eligible.
- Students who are enrolled part-time during one of the semesters of the academic year for which the scholarship is held are not eligible.
- Be enrolled in at least one English course each semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held.
- Have at least a 3.5 Texas State GPA.
- Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the Fall in order to receive the scholarship for the Spring.
Students can apply to the department of English scholarships through the BOSS portal.
Once you log in with your net ID and password, you will complete a few questions; if you meet the eligibility criteria for any scholarships, BOSS will list them as “Recommended Opportunities."
The deadline to apply is February 1, 2022.
BOSS will list the required application materials, including:
- an essay no longer than 500 words explaining why you are majoring in English (and for the Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future Teachers, also submit an essay no longer than 500 words explaining why you wish to become an English teacher)
- transcript(s) (may be unofficial)
- 2-3 sentences introducing yourself to the donors
- two letters of recommendation via the BOSS portal (Please note: English Department Scholarship Committee members may not submit letters of recommendation. Committee members are Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Deb Balzhiser, Cyrus Cassells, Leah Schwebel, and Eric Leake.)
- Students who receive a scholarship must certify that they will enroll and complete the course work at Texas State as a full-time (12 hours) undergraduate student, or as a full-time (9 hours) graduate student.
- A student awarded a scholarship as a junior or senior must be enrolled in at least one advanced English course (or graduate course if a graduate student) each semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held.
- Scholarships are awarded for one semester at a time and students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the Fall in order to receive the scholarship for the Spring.
I am not sure which scholarship I can apply to. How can I be sure which one(s) to submit an application for?
Here is a list of the scholarships with details in parenthesis:
- Thomas L. Brasher Endowment scholarship (for a student in any graduate program)
- Brunson Family Scholarship in Literature (for a MA in Literature graduate student)
- Janie Grayson Endowed Scholarship (for a MA in Literature graduate student)
- T.V. Grayson Endowed Scholarship (for a student in any English graduate program)
- Mary Louise Hightower Scholarship (for juniors or seniors)
- Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship (for juniors, seniors, or a student in any English graduate program)
- The Dr. Edgar Laird Memorial Scholarship (for a student in any graduate program)
- Judith Caldwell Miller Endowed Scholarship (for juniors, seniors, or a student in any English graduate program)
- Billy G. Moore Endowed Scholarship (for a MA in Literature graduate student)
- Lorin D. Parkin English Scholarship (for undergraduates)
- Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship (for juniors, seniors, or a student in any English graduate program who is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta society for English majors)
- Mamie Smith Memorial Scholarship (for juniors, seniors, or a student in any English graduate program)
- David Stevens Memorial Scholarship (for juniors, seniors, or a student in any English graduate program)
- Robert W. and Gloria D. Walts Scholarship (for juniors or seniors)
- Ione Dodson Young Scholarship (for juniors, seniors, or a MA in Literature graduate student)
- Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future Teachers (for juniors, seniors, or a student in any English graduate program planning to enter the teaching profession)
Can I hold a scholarship for only one semester?
Can I receive a scholarship if I graduate in December of the year during which I would receive the scholarship?
Can I enroll part time in the Fall or Spring semester during which the scholarship is awarded?
Can all of the scholarships funds be awarded in the Fall semester?
No: you must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the Fall in order to receive the scholarship for the Spring.
How can my references upload letters on my behalf?
The application process in BOSS allows you to enter your references’ email addresses. We strongly recommend that you contact your references prior to submitting their contact information in the system. Once you have submitted their contact information, the system enables you to remind your references about submitting their letters. Please contact your references at least three weeks prior to when you would like to complete your application.
Do my recommenders need to upload a letter for each scholarship in BOSS?
When you are applying and come to the section for references, you can select (from the drop-down menu) a reference that you have previously entered. The reference won’t receive a second request to submit a letter for your application. Once the recommender submits his/her/their letter, it loads to each opportunity that you are applying for.
So, as long as you are selecting the name from the drop down menu and not re-entering the name and email address each time, the recommender only submits once.
I am having issues with the portal (uploading, requesting letters, or other BOSS portal related issues). Who should I contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-245-2315.
The Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Scholarship
The Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Scholarship honors a noted Walt Whitman scholar who was Professor of English at Texas State from 1956 to 1977. The author of Whitman as Editor of the “Brooklyn Daily Eagle” (1970), Professor Brasher also edited Early Poems and the Fiction (1963), a volume of Collected Writings of Walt Whitman published by New York University Press, and “The Walt Whitman Page” in The Long Islander journal. Well known for excellent teaching, he offered courses in nineteenth century American and British literature. In 1970, he was named Piper Professor. The Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a full-time graduate student.
The G. Jack Gravitt Scholarship
The Mary Louise Hightower Scholarship
The Ralph and Francys Houston Scholarship
The Dr. Edgar Laird Memorial Scholarship
The Mary Jo Austin McCormick Endowed Scholarship for Poetry
The William F. McKeen III Memorial Scholarship
The Judith Caldwell Miller Endowed Scholarship
The Arch and Stella Rowan Scholarship in Creative Writing
The Arch and Stella Rowan Scholarship in Creative Writing honors Arch Rowan, co-founder of the Rowan Drilling Company, and his wife, Stella, an enthusiastic gardener whose father was a naturalist and landscaper for several state institutions in Austin. The scholarship is awarded to an incoming MFA-Creative Writing student.
The Lorin D. Parkin Scholarship
The Lorin D. Parkin Scholarship honors the father of late Texas State University English Professor Diane Parkin-Speer (b. February 19,1941; d. March 14, 2015). Mr. Parkin attended the University of Utah and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. The first in his family to attend and to graduate from college, he believed strongly in higher education. His daughter earned a PhD at the University of Iowa and taught at Texas State over 35 years. The Lorin D. Parkin Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate English major.
The Norman Peterson and Charles Mosley Scholarship
The Norman Peterson and Charles Mosley Scholarship honors two individuals who contributed to the development of the creative writing program at Texas State. Norman Peterson was a professor who taught at Texas State from 1963 until 1992, following a career as a fighter pilot and commercial airline pilot. He was one of the first faculty at Texas State to focus on creative writing. He published an award-winning collection of stories, Rice Country, along with other stories and a screenplay. In 1973, he was named Pedagog Teacher of the Year, and many of his students credit their success as writers to his mentorship. Charles Mosley, cousin of the founder of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and board member of the Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation, is a long-standing supporter of literary programs. The Norman Peterson and Charles Mosley Scholarship is awarded to entering MFA-Poetry students.
The W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellowship
The W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Endowment honors a retired retailer in New Braunfels, Texas, and his wife, an unpublished but prolific novelist who penned eight novels in her last ten years. Mrs. Rose’s love of reading and writing led to her long-term friendship with a 1996 MFA-Creative Writing graduate and eventually to the Roses’ gift to the Texas State Creative Writing Program. Providing fellowships and scholarships to MFA students, the Rose Endowment enables Texas State University to attract some of the nation’s best creative writing students.
The Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship
The Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship honors a writer, artist, musician, world traveler, and teacher of composition, literature, and creative writing at Texas State from 1958 to 1966. In 1965, under the guidance of Professor Smith and Professor Norman Peterson, Persona, the university’s student literary magazine, was awarded first place by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. Professor Smith is remembered for her Hours with Books series, which she conducted for several years with members of the faculty, student body, and community. The Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship is given to a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in English.
The David Stevens Memorial Scholarship
The David R. Stevens Memorial Scholarship honors a distinguished teacher at Texas State from 1966 until his retirement in 1983. He served fifteen years as graduate advisor and as a member of the University Graduate Council. He was well-known for courses in biography and Victorian literature and for his excellent mentorship. He was an honorary lifetime member of the Conference of College Teachers of English and served as president of the Texas College English Association. The David R. Stevens Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student or, under special circumstances, to an undergraduate.
The Mary-Agnes Taylor Scholarship
The Mary-Agnes Taylor Scholarship honors an English professor who graduated from Texas State with a BA in English and Speech and who earned an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. Professor Taylor authored scholarly and creative works, served on the National Selection Committee for the Tomás Rivera Award for Mexican American children’s and young adult books and on the board of the Children’s Literature Association as associate editor of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and taught courses at Texas State from 1967 to 1991. She designed the department’s first young adult literature class and first graduate course in children’s literature. She endowed this scholarship to defray expenses of an English major or minor accepted to read a paper at a regional or national conference, with preference for students presenting on children’s or young adult literature.
The Robert W. and Gloria D. Walts Scholarship
The Robert W. and Gloria D. Walts Scholarship honors a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and his wife. Professor Walts came to Texas State in 1959 and chaired the Department of English from 1965 to 1972. He served as President of the Faculty Senate and Acting Dean of the Graduate School. He was named a Piper Professor in 1982. He wrote William Dean Howells and the House of Harper and edited Howells’ Selected Novelle and The American Southwest: Cradle of Literary Art: Theresa Kayser Lindsey Lectures by John Graves, Larry McMurtry, R. G. Vliet, and Lon Tinkle (1981). He was a popular teacher and mentor. During World War II, Gloria Denton Walts served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded a citation for her bravery in 1943. She was a member of Chi Omega International Sorority and Beta Sigma Phi. The Robert W. and Gloria D. Walts Scholarship is available to full-time juniors and seniors.
The Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future Teachers
The Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future English Teachers honors “Deacon” Wright, who taught at Texas State from 1925 to 1954, and his wife Elizabeth. Professor Wright served as the English department’s chair; founded the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta; sponsored the College Star, Pedagog, and Harris- Blair Literary Society and participated in the life of the university and community. He taught Milton, Victorian literature, world literature, and other courses. Elizabeth Coil Wright taught school in Kennett, Missouri, where she met her husband, and both actively promoted the training of teachers. The Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship is available to juniors, seniors, or graduate students.
The Ione Dodson Young Scholarship
The Ione Dodson Young Endowed Scholarship honors a distinguished professor who taught at Texas State from 1955 to 1973 and was very well-known for her courses in nineteenth-century English literature. Professor Young also taught technical writing, directed over fifteen MA theses, chaired the Freshman English Committee, and served as Director of Freshman English for three years. Her reference book, A Concordance to the Poetry of Byron (1965), has long been considered a standard work. The Ione Dodson Young Endowed Scholarship is restricted to full-time upper-level undergraduate or graduate students majoring in English.
The Ralph Cheyney and Lucia Trent Poetry Prize
The Ralph Cheyney and Lucia Trent Poetry Prize was established by Texas State University alumnus Trent Cheyney and his wife, Markay, to honor Mr. Cheyney’s parents, who were dedicated to helping everyone recognize that use of imagination can enhance the nobility of the human spirit. It is awarded to the student submitting the best poem to Persona, the English Department’s student literary magazine.
The Gates Thomas Fiction Prize
The Gates Thomas Fiction Prize honors a former English professor and chair who joined the department in 1909, when the institution was still the Texas State Normal School. With an interest in Texas folklore, he earned his Bachelor of Literature degree from The University of Texas-Austin in 1900. Later, he studied at the University of Chicago before he earned a MA degree from the University of Missouri in 1922. The prize is awarded to the student submitting the best story to Persona, the English Department’s student literary magazine.
The Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship
The Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship goes to an outstanding member of the Texas State University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national honor society for English majors.
Billy G. Moore Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship honors Billy G. Moore (1943 – 2013), who earned an AA degree at Odessa Junior College and moved to Texas State in 1963, where he earned a BA in English and a MA in English/Counseling and Guidance. In 1968, he enrolled at Louisiana State University where he pursued a doctorate in English literature. Billy began his thirty-five-year employment at Texas State in 1965. He taught in the English department for fifteen years, served as Director of Public Affairs from 1986-1999 and Director of Regional and Economic Planning from 1999- 2003. Beginning in 1980, he served also on the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission and, from 1988 to 2000, on the City Council, including two terms as Mayor (1996-2000). His concern to preserve the Edwards Aquifer and San Marcos River culminated in a Habitat Conservation Plan designed to protect endangered species and set limits on aquifer pumping. The Billy G. Moore Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in literature.
Brunson Family Graduate Scholarship in Literature
The Brunson Family created the Family Endowment in 1990 to fund a Graduate Scholarship/Fellowship, Department of History, in memory of B. R. Brunson; a Graduate Scholarship/Fellowship for a graduate student in Literature, Department of English, to honor colleagues and students of Luan Brunson Haynes; a Scholarship in International Studies established by Ann Brunson Collins; a Scholarship in Geography and an Endowment for the Center for the Study of Texas Music. Elizabeth Brunson Vickers established the latter two and Luan and John Brunson manage the first two. Dr. Luan Brunson Haynes, Distinguished Professor Emerita, helped found the Women’s Studies Program and Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies. She served as departmental chair from 1972 to 1983 and as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts from 1984 to 1988.
Janie Grayson Graduate Endowed Scholarship
The Janie M. Grayson English Graduate Fellowship honors the mother of Nancy Grayson, Professor of English. Janie loved her family, music, books, movies, and travel to England and France. During her daughter’s six years as chair, she made many friends in the English Department, who enjoyed her witty observations and joie de vivre. The Janie M. Grayson English Graduate Fellowship is awarded to an MA in Literature student.
L. D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Endowed Fellowship
Dr. L. D. Clark and his wife, LaVerne, devoted much of their life to literature and produced numerous books and studies, many of which focused on the Southwest. L. D. authored several novels, three volumes of short fiction, and many works of non-fiction. LaVerne, a novelist, folklorist, and photographer, produced six works of fiction and non-fiction as well as a collection of photographic portraits of 500 wellknown and emerging writers. Both were members of the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters, and both have been recognized for their generosity as Heroes of Texas State University. They bestowed their home and other property to Texas State to create a quiet and comfortable writers’ retreat in Smithville for Texas State’s talented emerging writers, and they left as a legacy the prestigious Clark Fiction Prize, one of the premier literary awards in the country. In addition, their endowment provides for the support through scholarships of Texas State’s Clark Fellows, outstanding students and writers who receive scholarships to support study in the MFA Creative Writing program.