Above: English Professor Dr. Megan Cassteaches creative writing at UIS (as well as other classes).
our gift in any amount to the funds below provide support for English students. You can use the Donate button to give online. Thank you!
This fund provides money for special opportunities or extraordinary needs, including the English Department's literary magazine, The Alchemist, and the department's Verbal Arts Festival. (If you would like to support either of these specifically, please make a note when you send in your gift or on the online giving form reached through the Donate button).
These activities and others like them enrich our students immeasurably, enhancing the education they receive at UIS—but we could not do any of them without the discretionary money given to this fund.
Provides funds for faculty development for English Faculty at UIS.
The English Department has four targeted scholarship funds.
The Blackburns give an annually funding scholarship each year. Although their gift each year is unrestricted (with no specific criteria), the scholarship generally goes to either an English or an education major, reflecting John's Master's degree in Educational Administration ('79) and Barb's Master's Degree in Literature ('81). Your gift to this scholarship will be added to the amount they give each year, increasing the size of the scholarship.
The Rosie Richmond Scholarship was established in 1994 by John C. Moore and Patricia O'Neill in memory of Rosie Richmond, an accomplished UIS (then Sangamon State University), graduate, author, and business owner. Rosie taught creative writing at SSU and was co-founder and member of Brainchild, a local women’s writing group. Before her death from cancer in 1994, Rosie asked that a scholarship be awarded annually to a female undergraduate student aspiring to be a writer.
The Alfred E. and Mildred I. Roese Memorial Scholarship was established by Deborah Roese, a 2002 UIS Special Merit Master’s Thesis winner, in memory of her parents. Applicants for the scholarship should be female graduate students in Communications or English, with a minimum GPA of 3.75 and course enrollment of at least four hours.
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