Scholarships

The English Department offers three scholarships to students. For more information about scholarships at UNC, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

To learn more about these scholarships, contact the Department of English at (970) 351-2971 or email Marcus Embry.

  • Frosty and Cynthia Frease English Scholarship

    Forrest (“Frosty”) Frease was a faculty member in the Department of English at UNC from 1949 to 1980. After his retirement, Frosty and his wife Cynthia established these scholarship to provide support for an outstanding junior English major during his or her senior year. The student must be full-time. Students are chosen according to their academic promise and ability that they demonstrate in their English courses.

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    In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must complete the UNC Universal Scholarship Application by March 1 of each year.

    Students do not need to demonstrate financial hardship or complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students do not need to write long essays in order to be considered; a short statement responding to the essay question will suffice. Though the amount of the scholarship varies, at minimum it is at least $500.

  • Frease/Colwell Honors Program English Award

    Forrest (“Frosty”) Frease was a faculty member in the Department of English at UNC from 1949 to 1980. After his retirement, Frosty and his wife Cynthia established the Frease/Colwell Honors Program Award to recognize an outstanding senior English major. Students are chosen according to their academic promise and ability that they demonstrate in their English courses. Preference is given to students who are also enrolled in the Honors Program.

    In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must complete the UNC Universal Scholarship Application by March 1 of each year.

    Students do not need to demonstrate financial hardship or complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students do not need to write long essays in order to be considered; a short statement responding to the essay question will suffice.

  • Ed Kearns Scholarship

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    Ed Kearns served UNC as a faculty member in the Department of English from 1966 to 2000. Though Ed taught many different courses at all levels of the curriculum, he was particularly noted for his contributions to the first-year writing program. He regularly taught freshmen composition courses, and trained many of our current composition instructors. He was also responsible for eradicating that scourge of the UNC graduating senior – the English Essay Examination. After a successful career, Ed retired in 2000 and passed away in 2004.

    In his honor, Joonok Huh, Chair of the Department of English from 2000 until 2008, and Evelyn Kearns, Ed’s widow, established the Ed Kearns Scholarship, which is administered by Sharron Riesberg, an instructor in English. The $500 scholarship is awarded each spring to the freshman student who produces the best essay in a section of ENG 122 (College Composition). English composition instructors submit their best student essays to the English Scholarship Committee, whose members select the winner.