Scholarships & Awards

We honor our most exceptional majors at a scholarships and awards banquet every spring.

Visit our Scholarships page for more information and to Apply.

Incoming freshmen can apply for the following awards:

  • Rosemary Sprague Memorial Scholarship
  • Rosemary Sprague Quasi-Endowment
  • G. G. Wade English Education Loan/Scholarship
  • Ruth Jennings Adams Patton Scholarship
  • Ilma Von Schilling Scholarship,
  • Maria Milian Silveira Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Garrett Rountrey Scholarship

Please submit a writing sample, one letter of recommendation from a high school English or foreign language teacher, and a cover letter to:

Chair, Awards Committee
Department of English and Modern Languages
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909

The application deadline is March 1.

English Awards 

R. C. Simonini Memorial Award

  • English major demonstrating outstanding ability in student teaching

Marian Camper Fuller Scholarship

Student Self-Nomination Form (pdf)
  • Rising senior
  • Resident of Virginia and a graduate of a Virginia high school
  • Must maintain a 3.2 GPA

Nell Anderson Sprague Freshman Composition Award

  • Student who has written the best essay in Freshmen composition

Mary Clay Hiner Scholarship

  • Rising junior or senior who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Maria Bristow Starke Scholarship

Student Self-Nomination Form (pdf)
  • Full-time junior or senior
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and minimum 3.0 in all English courses
  • English major desiring to teach English or pursue career in writing
  • Involved in college activities
  • Selected into various honoraries

Rosemary Sprague Memorial Scholarship

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Majoring in English or intends to major in English
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • May be renewed providing individual is enrolled in minimum of 12 credit hours each semester and maintains a 3.0 GPA
  • Should go to incoming freshman, when available

Rosemary Sprague Quasi-Endowment

  • Substantial annual award
  • Renewable
  • May be awarded to an incoming freshman

English Education Scholarship

  • Freshman with high academic qualifications and a commitment to teaching
  • English major seeking secondary certification
  • Honors Student
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA
  • Priority to students with financial need
  • Renewable for up to four years

Susan H. May Book Award

  • English major, junior or senior, with a growing appreciation of literature and a maturing ability to write about texts
  • Faculty members submitting nominations for this award should forward a copy of the student's essay to the Awards Committee

William L. Frank Book Award

  • English major at any level who has written an outstanding research paper
  • Faculty members submitting nominations for this award should forward a copy of the student's essay to the Awards Committee

Camilla C. Tinnell & Helen B. Tinnell Award

  • One full-time enrolled rising junior and senior, two awards per year
  • Must be an English major desiring to teach
  • Must have a 3.0 overall GPA and 3.2 GPA in major

Martha E. Cook Scholarship

  • The Martha E. Cook Scholarship was established in 2011 to recognize Dr. Martha E. Cook for her outstanding contributions to the Longwood English department and the many lives she touched during her teaching career.  The Scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman seeking an English degree.  Preference to a "first generation" student.  Renewable as long as recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Modern Languages Awards

Draper-Barksdale Award

  • For students participating in study-abroad programs
  • Each year the award is split evenly between a MOLA major with a concentration in French and a student with a concentration in Spanish.

Ruth Jennings Adams Patton Scholarship

  • Virginia residents accepted for admission as freshmen at Longwood University
  • Majoring in Modern Languages
  • Special preference will be given to student concentrating in French
  • Should go to incoming freshman, when available

Ilma Von Schilling Scholarship

  • Modern languages major who has established an excellent record of academic achievement.
  • Should go to incoming freshman, when possible

French, German, & Spanish Book Awards

  • Faculty members submitting nominations for this award should forward a copy of the student's essay to the Awards Committee
  • German award is supplied by the German government

Elizabeth Garrett Rountrey Scholarship

  • Full-time enrolled undergraduate
  • Awarded to incoming freshman who demonstrates outstanding potential
  • Must be majoring in modern languages with a concentration in French, German, Spanish, or ESL.

Maria Silveira Scholarship

  • This scholarship is in honor of Dr. Maria Silveira, who served as professor of Spanish from 1964 until her retirement in 1992. The scholarship was established by virtue of gifts from the donor, her family, friends and alumni of Longwood University for the purpose of attracting outstanding Spanish majors.
  • The recipient shall be a modern language major who intends to obtain a degree in Spanish.