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Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Awards

There are many scholarships available to all Memorial Students. These are listed in the Memorial University Calendar (566-647). Among the various types of awards available, many are designated for students in English. Included are scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, studentships, prizes, medals and loans. A scholarship is an award given solely on the basis of academic performance or standing. There may be limitations as to eligibility, but of the students eligible, the one with the highest grade or grades receives the scholarship. Scholarship standing for undergraduate students is defined as a 75% average at the end of two out of the last three semesters in the previous scholarship year and the successful completion of not less than thirty credit hours in those two semesters. Not all students who meet the above definitions of scholarship standing will receive a scholarship. In considering students who complete more than thirty credit hours in those two semesters, the average on the actual number of credit hours taken will be reviewed. Students who fail one or more courses during the scholarship year, regardless of the number of courses completed, will not be eligible for scholarships. The following scholarships are designated for students pursuing an English Major or Honours degree.

Michael Cook Scholarship

The Michael Cook Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who has completed English 3350 (Theatre) and English 3351 (The Physical Stage) and who shows definite promise and purpose in pursuing the study of theatre and drama at Memorial University. The value of the scholarship is $1,000.00. The award will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature.

The Dr. Madeleine Darte Scholarships in English

These scholarships, up to four each year and having a value of not less than $250.00 each, have been established by Mrs. J.M. Darte and Mrs. France Darte McCabe in memory of Dr. Madeleine Darte, Lecturer and Assistant Professor of English at this university from 1971-75. In awarding these scholarships, preference will be given to students in the honours programme in English, but students in good standing in the General Degree in English will also be considered. In addition to the student’s academic record, financial need may also be taken into account. Applications for these scholarships should be sent to the Head of the Department of English. Awards will be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships on the recommendation of the Department of English.

The Hollinger English Language and Literature Scholarship

This scholarship, donated by Hollinger Inc., will be awarded to a Memorial University of Newfoundland student who is beyond second year and is majoring in English Language and Literature. It will be valued at the annual interest and will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid on the basis of Scholarship Standing and upon recommendation of the Head, Department of English.

Edward ("Ted") Russell Scholarships in English

In memory of Dr. Edward ("Ted") Russell, author and teacher, who was a Lecturer and Assistant Professor of English at this university from 1965-73, a fund has been established to provide one or more scholarships for students majoring in English. These scholarships will be awarded to promising students who have completed their first year of university studies and are entering the second year of a degree with English as their major subject. In addition to the student’s academic records, financial need may also be taken into account. Applications should be sent to the Head of the Department of English. Awards will be made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships on the recommendation of the Department of English.

Ron and Gwen Seary Memorial Scholarship

Two scholarships from the interest on the fund established by the family, colleagues and students of Ron and Gwen Seary shall be awarded by the Senate Committee on Scholarships. One scholarship shall be given to a student beyond second year who is majoring in English Language and Literature and who is recommended by the Head of the Department. One scholarship shall be awarded to a student in Primary and Elementary Education who shows promise in Art Education and who is recommended by the Dean, Faculty of Education.

Harlow Undergraduate Awards

The Harlow Development Corporation Scholarship

The Harlow Development Corporation, Harlow, England, has made a grant to establish a scholarship fund to financially assist students from Memorial University of Newfoundland who wish to live at the University’s Harlow campus while undertaking approved studies in Great Britain. The fund will also provide scholarships to students who are residents of Harlow and who wish to study at Memorial, or some other institute of learning, in Newfoundland. It is hoped that interest on the fund will finance five or six annual scholarships at £250 each.

Harvey’s Travel Harlow Scholarship

This scholarship, valued at $200.00 per semester, was established by Harvey’s Travel to assist Education students from Memorial University of Newfoundland who wish to pursue their studies at the Harlow Campus in Harlow, England. It is available only to students in the Faculty of Education who attend Harlow Campus and will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement. The Senate Committee on Scholarships will award the scholarships on the recommendation of the Advisor to Student Placement, Faculty of Education.

Dean’s List

The Department of English is very proud of the large number of English students who are named on the Dean’s List each academic year. The regulations are as follows:

They shall be registered for the degree of B.A. or B.A. (honours) or they shall have completed the B.A. or B.A. (honours) within the preceding academic year.

They shall have completed at least nine courses over two of the three semesters of the [c] have completed at this University at least twelve courses in the subject in which he/she majored/specialized, normally excluding any course in which aegrotat standing or "pass" was granted;

[d] have completed at this University at least 50% of the courses required for the degree;

[e] be judged by the Department of his/her major/specialization to be an outstanding student in his/her discipline, and be nominated to the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid by the Dean, Director, Principal or Head of the Department of his/her major/ specialization for the award. Given comparable performance, a student completing an Honours degree shall be given preference.

Convocation Awards

Minimum Academic Requirements:

For the Faculty of Arts

To be eligible for a University Medal, a student must have obtained an "A" average with no mark below "B" in his/her twelve best courses in the subject of his/her major/specialization and be graduating with a first class degree.


The Chancellor’s Award

The Chancellor’s Award is awarded to the student of the graduating class who has shown most leadership in student affairs during his or her university years.

The A.C. Hunter Prize in English

The A.C. Hunter Prize in English, established by the late Mrs. A.C. Hunter in memory of her husband, formerly Head of the Departments of English and French, and Dean of Arts and Science at this university, has a value of $100.00 and is awarded annually at the Spring Convocation to the graduating student majoring in English who stands highest in the General Degree. The prize is awarded by the Senate Committee on Scholarships on the recommendation of the Head, Department of English Language and Literature.

The George M. Story Convocation Medal in Arts

This award was established in memory of Dr. George M. Story, Professor Emeritus of Memorial University of Newfoundland. The medal is awarded to the student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts who has demonstrated, as did Dr. Story, both academic excellence and a strong commitment to serving the university and the community. It will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Scholarships upon the recommendation of the Dean of Arts.

University Medals for Academic Excellence

University Medals for Academic Excellence are given in the graduating year to candidates for Bachelor’s degrees who are recommended by the Head of Department of each of the following: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Canadian Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Drama and Music, Earth Sciences, Economics, Education (Elementary, Music, Primary, Secondary and Vocational), Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Naval Architectural), English (both St. John’s and Corner Brook programmes), Folklore, French and Spanish, Geography, German, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Medieval Studies, Music, Nursing (Programme A & B), Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology (both St. John’s and Corner Brook programmes), Religious Studies, Russian, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. Awards are made by the Senate Committee on Scholarships.

The Captain George C. Whiteley English Prize

This prize is the gift of Mr. George G. Whiteley, Jr., a student of Memorial University College, 1926-27, in memory of his father, the late Captain George C. Whiteley. The prize, of the value of $100.00, is awarded annually by the Senate Committee on Scholarships on the recommendation of the Head, Department of English Language and Literature, to the student who graduates with B.A. (Hons.) in English with the highest standing. In the event that at any convocation there is no honours graduate in English, the prize may be awarded to a graduating student of outstanding academic merit and promise in the General Degree who is selected and recommended for the award by the Department of English. Other things being equal, the prize will be awarded to a student who has produced original work of literary merit.

The Memorial University of Newfoundland English Student Society (MESS) Award

This award was established in 2000 as a result of funds raised by the Memorial University English Students’ Society (MESS) and the Faculty of the Department of English Language and Literature. The MESS Award recognizes the outstanding contribution to student life at Memorial made by the Memorial English Students’ Society. It will be awarded annually at the Spring Convocation to one or more graduating English Honours or Major students. The award will be valued at the annual interest on the endowment and will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid on the basis of scholarship standing and on the recommendation of the Head, Department of English Language and Literature.

If you would like access to information on these and other post-secondary scholarships, awards, and bursaries available through the Internet, please visit Scholarships On-Line at http://www.cs.mun.ca/~sline.

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