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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

English and Foreign Languages Scholarships

  • Zander Bennett standing in front of a tree

    Zander Bennett, Mary and Ambrose Manning Endowment Scholarship

    Zander Bennett is a senior at East Tennessee State University, double majoring in English and Theatre, with a minor in Secondary Education. Zander at ETSU has also won the Outstanding Faith Based Organization President award for his leadership at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Zander hopes to stay local in his future and teach English at one of the many high schools in our area.

  • Brynette McKinney in black and white

    Brynette McKinney, William M. Beasley Scholarship

    Brynette is a nontraditional student and an aspiring dentist studying English and Biology. When not studying and working, she loves spending time with family, volunteering in medical clinics, and trying new things. She’s as happy on a mountain trail as she is curled up with a book or sketch pad.

  • Garrett Jones in front of international terminal

    Garrett Jones, Christa Thyson Hungate Endowment

    Garrett Jones is a rising senior at ETSU, but doesn't intend on graduating until Spring of 2022. He is a Foreign Language major focusing on German, with a minor in both Japanese and Secondary Education. After he graduates, he hopes to be able to travel and teach abroad.

  • Lauren Stotsky in front of bricks

    Lauren Stotsky, Dugger Award

    Lauren Stotsky is a Senior majoring in English and double-minoring in Marketing and Psychology at ETSU. She is also a member of the English Honors-In-Discipline program. She loves to read, and her favorite book is John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

  • Max Faust in front of several trees

    Max Faust, Japanese Minor Scholarship

    Max Faust is graduating from ETSU this May with a BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Japanese. At ETSU, Max serves as an RA, an officer of the Japanese Cultural Society, and an Honors-in-Discipline student who recently finished an undergraduate thesis entitled “Menstruation Regulation: A Feminist Critique of Menstrual Product Brands on Instagram.” After graduation, Max will be teaching English in Japan.

  • Zoë Hester in front of green bushes

    Zoë Hester, John D. Allen Graduate Award in English & Jack Higgs Thesis Award

    Zoë Hester is graduating from ETSU this May with an MA in English and a TESOL certificate. In the MA program, she focused on Appalachian literature, British literature, and applied linguistics. Her thesis is entitled “The Powerful Presence of Dams in Appalachian Poetry.” Zoë also attended ETSU for undergrad, where she earned a BA in English and a BA in Foreign language with a minor in dance.

  • Carson Morgan

    Carson Morgan, Jack Higgs Award Endowment for Literature and Language Essay Award

    Carson Morgan is a junior working toward a degree in English with a minor in Women's Studies. His areas of study include modernist literature, affect theory, labor studies, and historical materialist perspectives of gender and sexuality. Carson is a first generation college student and the vice chair of YDSA at ETSU.

  • Jordan Osborne

    Jordan Osborne, Beginning German Award

    Hello, my name is Jordan Osborne. I am a Junior majoring in Accountancy. I chose to take German due to my family’s Germanic background as well as to be able to understand and translate songs from one of my favorite bands, Waldgeflüster. I hope to one day be a bilingual CPA and help with international clients!

  • Amber Brophy

    Amber Brophy, Jill MacLean Memorial Scholarship

    Amber Brophy is a junior year English major pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a double minor in Creative Writing and Technical Writing. She was accepted into the Honors in Discipline program for the Literature and Language Department in the fall of 2019. Amber is an avid reader and coffee drinker and lives in Kingsport, Tennessee.

  • Daniel Stoll standing next to a brick building

    Daniel Stoll, Golda M. Merrill Memorial Scholarship Endowment

    My name is Daniel Stoll, and I graduate quite soon as an English major and Classical Studies minor. To list a few things about myself, I wrote a thesis this semester for the Honors-in-Discipline program, I will be continuing my studies at ETSU in Graduate School as a G.A., I am married, and I have a cat. Thank you for this opportunity!


English and Foreign Language majors are invited to apply for the following scholarships. Please read the criteria for each scholarship and complete the application form below. Awards vary, depending on the scholarship and the status of the fund. 

English and Foreign Languages Scholarship Application Form

Deadline for all scholarships is the first Monday in March, except for the Beasley Scholarship, which is March 1.


  • Mary B. Herrin Scholarship: For graduate and undergraduate majors. Recognizes superior scholarship. Local residents in need of financial aid are especially considered.
  • Harry G. Merrill, II Memorial Scholarship: For senior English major who plans to pursue the Master's degree in English at ETSU. Minimum GPA of 3.20 in English, 3.00 overall, and demonstrated financial need. The award recognizes promise of success in the profession. 
  • Jill MacLean Memorial Scholarship: For undergraduate English major in junior or senior year. The award recognizes superior scholarship and potential.
  • Golda M. Merrill Memorial Scholarship: For junior English major who declares intent to complete B.A. in English. Minimum GPA of 3.20 in English, 3.00 overall, and demonstrated financial need. The award recognizes promise of success in the profession.
  • Mary and Ambrose Manning Scholarship: For preparatory secondary English teachers. Completion of 60 hours with minimum 3.00 GPA and officially entered in curriculum for secondary education licensure in English. The award recognizes superior scholarship.
  • Dugger Award: For undergraduate English majors. The award recognizes superior scholarship and leadership. 
  • McClellan Award: For undergraduate English majors. The award recognizes superior writing ability. Applicants must submit two samples of their best writing with application.
  • Karen Cajka Memorial Scholarship: For meritorious juniors or seniors enrolled in Literature and Language and/or Women's Studies courses. Assists students of merit in furthering their educational journeys.
  • Barbara Murphy Brooks Scholarship: For Women's Studies students who have shown personal and professional engagement in Women's Issues. Please fill out the application and personal financial statement, which can be found at the Women’s Studies website. (

Foreign Language:

  • Christa Thyson Hungate Endowment: Provides scholarship assistance to superior undergraduate majors in German or French. May also be applied to ETSU study abroad. Students in graduate-level courses may also apply. 
  • Beginning German Award: Provides scholarship assistance to superior undergraduates who have successfully completed GERM 1010 in the Fall and who are enrolled in and doing superior work in GERM 1020.  May also be applied to ETSU study abroad.
  • Dr. Eduardo Zayas Bazán Scholarship: For students majoring or minoring in Spanish with a desire to participate in the Spanish summer abroad program. Evaluated based on GPA/Need/Written Response. To apply for this scholarship go to and click on the red “Get Started” button.
  • Japanese Minor Scholarship: Provides scholarship assistance to superior undergraduate Japanese minors who are currently enrolled in second-year Japanese classes or in any Japanese upper level course.


College of Arts & Sciences:

  • The Ardis L. Nelson Language and Culture Scholarship: Applicants are required to be an incoming or current undergraduate or graduate student at ETSU. It is preferred that each applicant: 1) exemplify a commitment to the goals of the Language and Culture Resource Center; 2) be a bilingual student, with an interest in Spanish/English translation and/or Interpreting as a career; 3) show seriousness of purpose in his or her academic pursuits; 4) demonstrate a need based on economic considerations. Apply at
  • William M. Beasley Scholarship:  Provides financial assistance to superior undergraduate students majoring in French, English or Mathematics. Deadline March 1. For this award, apply through the College of Arts & Sciences at: Math and Statistics Scholarships.


Students may also fill out a College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Interest Form which will be forwarded to the appropriate department based on the applicant's information.


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