Scholarships & Awards

Student Scholarships & Awards

The Department awards prizes annually for academic achievement, fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama, including:

The Comfort Scholarship for Most Promising Student in Creative Writing
The Topp-Grillot Scholarship for ​Strongest Students of Poetry​
The Jeff Rackham Award for Strongest Graduating Literature-Teaching Licensure Student
The Gerald Gullickson Award for Top Rising Senior
The Virginia Bryan Award for Best Senior Paper
The Francis P. Hulme Drama Prize

An additional prize is reserved for first-year writing students:

The Olivia J. Gudger First-Year Writing Award

Other awards are offered for contributions to Headwaters:

The Kenneth Noland Award in Art
The Carl Sandburg Award in Poetry
The Wilma Dykeman Award in Nonfiction
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Winners, 2017 - '18

The Comfort Scholarship

Tamera Bodrick


The Topp-Grillot Scholarship

Mallie Holcomb


The Gerald Gullickson Award

Noah Wurth


The Virginia Bryan Award

Josey Dixon, for "Edward Lear and the Liberation of Young Readers Through Nonsense"

Britt DiBartolo, for "'A Positive Failure': Holy Foolishness, Paradox, and Narrative in Dostoevsky's The Idiot"


The Kenneth Noland Award

Noelle Buske, for "Reflejo"


The Carl Sandburg Award

Britt Dibartolo, for "Avalanche"


The Wilma Dykeman Award

Nicholas Leon, for "Summer"


The Thomas Wolfe Award

Patrick Weaver, for "Fireworks"

Winners, 2016 - '17

The Comfort Scholarship

Lillian Augspurger


The Topp-Grillot Scholarship

Patrick Weaver and Britt Dibartolo


The Jeff Rackham Award

Ashley Peltack


The Gerald Gullickson Award

Leah Griffin


The Virginia Bryan Award

Ashley Peltack, for "The Seductive Reduction’ of India: Colonial, Missionary, and Educative Pursuits in Jane Eyre”


The Kenneth Noland Award

Brittany Lynch-Blosse, for "Barbara"


The Carl Sandburg Award

Britt Dibartolo, for "We Lived Happily During the War"


The Wilma Dykeman Award

Grey Wolfe LaJoie, for "Biography of my Father in Spring"


The Thomas Wolfe Award

Kali Paszkiewicz, for "Caged"