English Scholarships/Funds

English Scholarships/Funds

Beginning with the 2014-15 award year, the ECSU Foundation will make its resources, previously awarded as “Competitive Scholarships”, directly available to the Office of Financial Aid. Students are no longer required to fill in an application. Thank you.

Connie Campo Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Connie Campo, a former secretary of the English Department. It is awarded to a student majoring in English who is in good academic standing and who demonstrates financial need and preferably, a non-traditional student.

Barbara C. Daring Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in March 2014 through the generous donation of Dr. Steve A. Watts, Jr. Dr. Watts launched the scholarship to assist English majors with a concentration in English literature, while honoring the memory of Barbara C. Daring, who taught English at Bennett Junior HS in Manchester, E. O. Smith HS in Mansfield and the English Department at UConn. Mrs. Daring and her husband Douglas were friends for decades with Dr. Watts and his late wife Lee, a Spanish/Spanish Literature Professor who chaired Eastern’s Classical & Modern Languages Department for many years.

Paul E. Johnson, Sr. Community Conference Room Scholarship

The family of Paul E. Johnson, Sr. established this endowed fund in 1999 in honor of Mr. Johnson, who served on the staff of Willimantic State Teachers College from 1948 until 1966. The scholarship is awarded to students in good academic standing who are interested primarily in Native American and African American studies.

Megan L. Kleczka Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Megan Kleczka, who lost her life in 2007 while a student at Eastern. Megan was passionate about issues related to women’s health, safety, equality and justice. Recipients are full-time students in good academic standing at Eastern and committed to women’s social issues such as sexual health education, sexual assault services and/or reproductive justice. Preference is given to students in the field of women’s studies, social work or sociology with unmet financial need.

Dr. K. Narayan Kutty Endowed Scholarship

Established by Dr. K. Narayan Kutty, an Emeritus member of Eastern’s English Department, with his 2009 gift, this scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students who represent specific backgrounds or academic interests and who have financial need. Qualifying students must also be upperclassmen and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The four specific categories are an Asian, Native American, African, native Australian of Aboriginal heritage, Middle Eastern or Israeli female; a Puerto Rican female or male student in good academic standing majoring in English, History, Economics, Environmental Studies, or Biology; an African American student majoring in Government and Public Policy, Economics, History or Environmental Earth Science; and a female student majoring in English and with a strong interest in Women’s Studies. The actual scholarships awarded will be contingent on the availability of qualifying students in the four categories and the amount of investment income available, but no award will be made for less than $250 and amounts will be divided equally among the recipients.

Dr. Marcia P. McGowan Scholarship for Excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies

Launched in 2011 through the generous giving of Emerita English and Gender Studies Prof. Marcia McGowan, this scholarship is awarded to students majoring or minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and demonstrating achievement through either research or the practice of principles in which this interdisciplinary subject is grounded.

The Meehan & Daughters Real Estate and Development Endowed Scholarship

William Meehan ’65/’70 and Virginia Meehan ’68 established this endowed scholarship in 1997 in honor of William J. and Irene Meehan, and Hazel and Stanley Sheldon, Sr. It is awarded to a junior who has a minimum GPA of 2.9, has good academic promise, and unmet financial need. The donors ask that the student be from Windham, Willimantic, or surrounding areas, majoring in education, business or English, and have an interest in Canadian or Irish studies.

David and Janet Philips Endowed Scholarship

The family of the late David and Janet Philips, along with friends and colleagues, established this endowed scholarship in recognition of the Philips family’s long association with the University. David Philips taught at Eastern for 28 years until his retirement in 1990. The Philips family includes many Eastern graduates. The scholarship is awarded annually to an English major, based on academic achievement and distinction within the field of English.

Alexander “Sandy” Taylor Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was launched by family, colleagues and friends of Sandy Taylor; a scholar, Eastern professor and publisher, following his death in 2007.  The scholarship was endowed in 2015.  The recipient will be an English major, and preference will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to peace and the rights of mankind and to those who show an interest in poetry.