Languages, Literature, and Philosophy Departmental Scholarships

Through the generosity of our alumni and friends, the department is able to award thousands of dollars in scholarships to current undergraduate and transfer students each year, based primarily on your academic record and need. These scholarships are generally limited to students with a major or minor in the department, though each scholarship has its own selection criteria from the donors, which we honor when making the awards. In order to help us consider everyone who is eligible for the following awards, we have created an online application. Completing the application does not guarantee an award, and students who do not complete an application but who are recommended by the faculty may still be awarded a scholarship; however, completing the application does give you the opportunity to put your name forward for the awards.

Neill James Scholarship Deadline (extended), May 15
Departmental Scholarship Application Deadline: April 30


Departmental Scholarships

  • The Frances Anne Smith King Babbit Scholarship
  • The Louise Eskrigge Crump Scholarship 
  • The Lucile Watkins Ellison Scholarship 
  • The H. T. English Scholarship 
  • The Harriet Rice Harned Scholarship 
  • The Elise H. Moore English Award
  • The Marie Charlotte Stark Scholarship
  • The Martha Pope Trotter Scholarship

Neill James Memorial Scholarships

The Neill James Memorial Scholarship provides $4000 scholarships to five creative writing students to enhance their studies at The W through awards for tuition and study abroad. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to current and incoming undergraduate students.

Neill James Memorial Scholarship

When you apply, you will be asked for the following information, some of which will be automatically filled in from Banner. You may save your application and continue it later:

  • Contact Information: W Student Id, First Name Last Name , Permanent Address, Email Address 
  • Academic Information: Term/Year you entered or will enter MUW, expected graduation date, major, second major (if any), minor, completed credits, current W GPA, current overall GPA (including transfer GPA)
  • Other Scholarships Awarded: List all other sources of funding from The W or outside sources
  • Statement of Need (optional)

Apply for Departmental and MUW Scholarships

Email us at if you have questions about or issues with the scholarship application.

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Be sure to also complete the FAFSA and apply to the University to be eligible for other forms of financial aid. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to complete their application and financial aid applications prior to April 15.

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