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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English

Scholarships & Awards- 2008

2008 Scholarship and Award Recipients
2008 award winners

Each Fall, the English department at NMSU awards a number of scholarships and prizes to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in our programs.

GRADUATE AWARDS

Vera Newman Rule Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Substantial monetary awards will be given each year to an outstanding master’s and doctoral student with the highest GPA. Selected by the Department Head in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee. No applications accepted.
2008 Recipient: Gustav Verhulsdonck (doctoral) ($5,000)
2008 Recipient: Angela Clarke (master's)($5,000)

Mary L. And Ellis Wright Endowed Writing Scholarship
One substantial award will be given each year to an outstanding graduate student who is pursuing studies in writing in the English department. Selected by the Department Head in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee. No applications accepted.
2008 Recipient: Ed "Mac" McCormick ($5,000)

Charles M. and Pamela S. Sphar Endowed Scholarship
A $500 award for an outstanding female English Department graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or better in need of financial assistance. Financial need is established through the Financial Aid Office. Selected by the Department Head in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Angela Rainbolt ($500)

Sutherland-McManus Memorial English Scholarships
$250 awards given annually to graduate students who have written for an English class either 1) the best literary critical essay, or 2) the best work of nonfiction prose (including essays, reports, and electronic documents). Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Jeff Frawley (literary criticism) ($250)
2008 Recipient: Stephen Webber (nonfiction prose) ($250)

Emerson Award
Recognizes outstanding writing by graduate students in English. One Sutherland-McManus award-winning selection will be cited as the Emerson Award recipient. Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Jeff Frawley

The Frank Waters Fiction Lectureships
$1000, $750, and $250 awards for three outstanding graduate student fiction writers currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing program. Selected by the Creative Writing faculty.
2008 Recipient: Justin Chrestman (first place $1,000)
2008 Recipient: Michaela Spampinato (second place $750)
2008 Recipient: Mike Meginnis (third place $250)

Keith Wilson/Joe Somoza Poetry Prize
In honor of retired NMSU faculty members Keith Wilson and Joe Somoza, $700, $500, and $200 awards for three outstanding graduate student poets currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing program. Selected by the Creative Writing faculty.
2008 Recipient: Kevin Honold (first place $700)
2008 Recipient: Kara Dorris (second place $500)
2008 Recipient: Blase Drexler (third place $200)

Ruth Scott Academy of American Poets Prize
A $100 award for an outstanding graduate student poet currently enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing program. Selected by the Creative Writing faculty.
2008 Recipient: Natalie Day ($100)

English Department Research and Creative Activities Awards
Selected by the Graduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Jennifer Bracken ($30)
2008 Recipient: Blase Drexler
($135)
2008 Recipient: Bethany Fields
($100)
2008 Recipient: Carrie Grinstead ($175)
2008 Recipient: Sipai Klein ($200)
2008 Recipient: Josh Osborn ($50)
2008 Recipient: Marc Scott ($135)
2008 Recipient: Stephen Webber ($175)


Organization Symposium Award for Best Presentation
2008 Recipient: Austin Tremblay ($250)


English Department Outstanding Master's Degree Student
2008 Recipient: Nicky Pessaroff

 

Undergraduate Awards

Vera Newman Rule Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Substantial monetary awards will be given each year to the junior and senior majoring in English with the highest GPA. Selected by the Department Head in consultation with the Undergraduate Studies Committee. No applications accepted.
2008 Recipient: Jessamyn Buttram ($5,000)
2008 Recipient: Suzanne Tharp ($5,000)

Marion P. Hardman Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Two $400 awards given annually to outstanding juniors or seniors majoring in English. Selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Michael Harrell ($400)
2008 Recipient: Heather Romano ($400)


Mary Powell Ambrose Endowed Memorial Award
A $500 award given annually to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in English. Selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Heather Romano ($500)


Joseph H. Forsyth Endowed Memorial Scholarship
A $400 award given annually to one or more juniors majoring in English, New Mexico natives, who have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better. Selected by the Department Head.
2008 Recipient: Brittany Butler ($400)

Dr. Larry L. Wilson Endowed Memorial Scholarship
An $800 award given annually to a New Mexico resident majoring in English, who has maintained a GPA above a 3.0 and who demonstrates need, but is not eligible for financial aid. Preference will be given to a returning student. Selected by the Department Head and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
2008 Recipient: Matthew Guinard ($800)

Sutherland-McManus Memorial English Scholarships
Two $250 awards given annually to the undergraduate students who have written for a English class either 1) the best literary critical essay, or 2) the best work of nonfiction prose (including essays, reports, and electronic documents). Selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Heather Romano (literary criticism) ($250)
2008 Recipient: Joseph Kierst (nonfiction prose)
($250)


Emerson Award
Recognizes outstanding writing by undergraduate students in English. One Sutherland-McManus award-winning recipient will be cited as the Emerson Award recipient. Selected by the Undergraduate Studies Committee.
2008 Recipient: Joseph Kierst

Robert A. Wichert Endowed Memorial Award for Creative Writing
$300 awards given annually to the undergraduate students who have written the best fiction, poetry, or drama in an English class. Selected by the Creative Writing faculty.
2008 Recipient: Luke Luna ($300)
2008 Recipient: Camilo Roldan
($300)
2008 Recipient: Jarrett Scanlon ($300)