The School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University recognizes the challenges that students face in paying for their college education.  To offset some of these costs, we have actively pursued donors for tuition scholarships for as many students as possible, and you can find information about these awards below.  The application deadline for these awards is typically mid-April.

We have also instituted a 4-year graduation guarantee to ensure that our students graduate into successful careers in a timely fashion.

We encourage all interested applicants to consult the Oregon State Financial Aid website: https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/application-and-processing

Many of our students have found jobs at Oregon State through the Office of Human Resources: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/student-employment.

We are also committed to keeping textbook costs for our courses low, and when possible, we have participated in the Open Textbook Initiative at Oregon State.

SIGURD H. PETERSON SCHOLARSHIPS for Incoming Freshmen

Are you a graduating high school student with a high GPA (3.5 or above) and high SAT scores (1600 and above)?  If so, you are invited to apply for the Peterson Scholarship, which provides a one-time award of $5,000 for an incoming freshman English major for 2020-21. Multiple scholarships may be awarded be awarded.

Please contact Steve Kunert for information on applying for this scholarship.

MARY HOLADAY MURRAY SCHOLARSHIPS for Current English Majors

Provides one $1000 and one $500 award for the 2020-2021 academic year for a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior English major. Applicants must be English Majors with full-time status and have a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 in English Courses.

Amanda Armas earned a Mary Holaday Murray Scholarship for the 2019-20 school year. She reminds us of the true value of these scholarships, writing, "As a second year in the program, I still feel like I have so much more growth to accomplish. I always struggle with feelings of inferiority - someone else is a better, harder worker than I am; someone else deserves a scholarship, not me. But the professors and staff in SWLF are so amazingly, wonderfully supportive, and I couldn't ask for better role models to advocate for me. I feel so incredibly blessed that each professor I've asked to fill out applications for me has been eager and willing. And if they don't have the time, they still encourage me so well. For me, that's my favorite part about being awarded scholarships - I definitely appreciate the financial aid, but it's more important to me that my teachers even view me as a student worthy of such an award. And they've all had a hand in making me worthy of them, as well. I truly love this program and the staff!"

RALEIGH CLARE DICKINSON SCHOLARSHIP for Current English Majors

Provides $1,000 award for a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior English major for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must be English Majors with full-time status and have a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 in English courses.

Kara Traffas is the winner of this award for 2019-20. She had this to say about the experience: "This year has been my first at Oregon State University. I have always loved reading and writing, and I am so happy to have the opportunity to continue my studies at college. I have been delighted by the depth of analysis we reach in my SWLF courses, and I am excited to see myself growing as both a reader and a writer. I am so grateful to have received the Raleigh Clare Dickinson Scholarship because it will really help me to continue to learn and grow here at OSU. I was so nervous applying for this scholarship, since I applied for it at a very hectic time in winter term, but I am so glad I did. The scholarship ceremony was a lovely experience, and I was glad to see so many of my peers receive recognition for their talents. I am excited to continue my studies in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film next year!"

INTERNAL SIGURD H. PETERSON SCHOLARSHIPS for Current English Majors

Provides one-time award of $5,000 for a rising Junior or Senior English major for the 2020-21 academic year. Multiple scholarships may be awarded.

The 2019-20 award winner is Rebecca Cyr, who also took home the Provost's Literary Prize for nonfiction! Winning these awards is truly a testament to Rebecca's dedicated work as an English major, and we are incredibly proud of her.

IRWIN C. HARRIS LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP IN JOURNALISM

Provides $1,000 award for a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior English major or Writing, Applied Journalism, or Film Studies minor during the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must have shown interest in Journalism and be involved in student media or student government activities. Applicants must submit a published or unpublished piece of journalistic writing and two recommendations from professors, editors, or student-government officials. Applications and recommendations are due on or before April 2, 2020 in Moreland 230.

The 2019-20 Harris Legacy Scholarship winner was Joseph Wolf. Congratulations, Joseph!

For instructions on applying for these scholarships, please contact our English advisor, Steve Kunert:

https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/users/steven-kunert