Each year the English Department awards students for their achievements in Literature and Creative Writing.
Walker Gilmer Prize For the junior or senior English major who is most outstanding in literature. Established in honor of Professor Emeritus of English Walker Gilmer, who taught at DePauw from 1963-1997.
The 2015-2016 winner of the Walker Gilmer Prize is Madeline N. Hawk.
William G. Schoenoff Award For the senior who has most distinguished
himself or herself in the study of literature during his or her four years at DePauw. Established in memory of Mr. Schoenhoff by his parents.
The 2015-2016 winners of the William G. Schoenoff Award are Jordan R. Lienhoop and Stephen T. McMurty.
Elizabeth B. Powell Prize For a junior who exhibits outstanding ability in the area of written communications and usage of the English language. Established in 1987 by the friends and family of Mrs. Powell.
The 2015-2016 winners of the Elizabeth B. Powell Prize are Hayden I. DeBruler and Eleanor L. Price.
J. David Hogue ('21) Journalism Scholarship For a sophomore or junior with demonstrated ability and interest in the field of journalism. Established in memory of the distinguished journalist and editor by Mrs. J. David Hogue (Mildred Robinson '21) and Mrs. Harold Corneilsen (Margaret Ellen Hogue '56).
The 2015-2016 winner of the J. David Hogue (’21) Scholarship is Julie E. Block.
Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing For the senior who has most distinguished himself or herself in creative writing and who shows great promise as an artist. Established by Adam Kennedy ('46) in honor of his parents.
The 2015-2016 winners of the the Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing are Hattie E. Blair and Connor W. McAndrew.
Christena Biggs-Kathleen Steele College Writing Award For recognition of "greatest achievement" or "greatest improvement" for College Writing. Chris Biggs and Kitty Steele taught at DePauw from 1972-2002 and 1958-1996 respectively.
The 2015-2016 winners of the the Christena Biggs-Kathleen Steele College Writing Award are Abigayle E. Anderson, Miranda J. Bigler, Sheldon Bolden, Gurvinder S. Brar, Abigail R. Burton, John A. Cotton, Anna K. Cron, Samantha L. Goodale, David P. Hinkebein, Fumika Iwasaki, Tatsuya Katsuhara, Vy P. T. Le, John R. C. Lukens, Elizabeth M. MacNeille, Keila M. Marte, Jared E. Prifogle, Erika L. Repass, Bronson I. Roseboro, Frank B. Roselli, Abhishek S. Sambatur, Bo D. Shimmin, Chuqi Song, Madilynn B. Stern, Timothy D. Tompkins, David B. Turlington, Anna M. Werkowski, Xinyu Zhang.
Judith Shakespeare Award for a junior or senior English Literature major exceptionally gifted in literary interpretation.
The 2015-2016 winner of the Judith Shakespeare Award is Hannah N. Bradley.
Chad Kostel Memorial Award for a junior or senior who has a commitment to writing as a profession. Given in memory of Chad Kostel, a former student of the Department of English who went on to a career as a writer and editor. This award is presented in the spring to the recipients who will receive the prize the following academic year
The 2015-2016 winners (for the 2016-2017 academic year) of the Chad Kostel Memorial Award are William J. Burke, Mary S. Schmank, and Bristina L. Skiles.
Mary Smith Hamer Journalism Prize For a sophomore or junior who has excelled in journalistic endeavors and who demonstrates promise for a career in journalism. Established in memory of Mary Smith Hamer ('70).
The 2015-2016 winner of the Mary Smith Hamer Journalism Prize is Emily D. McCarter.
DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Print Journalism Award is awarded to juniors who have demonstrated a career interest in print journalism.
The 2015-2016 winners of the DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Print Journalism Award are Rebeca G. Bagdocimo and Sam L. Caravana.
Paul Query Prize in Poetry for a senior writing major who is an outstanding poet. The award also includes a special feature section in A Midwestern Review.
The 2015-2016 winners for the Paul Query Prize in Poetry are Amanda L. Volel and Zachary M. Manges.
Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing For a senior who is outstanding in playwriting or screenwriting.
The 2015-2016 winners of the Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing are Theresa J. Carper, Zeran Lei, and Grayson R. Pitts.
For a complete list of previous winners, including the Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award which is no longer awarded, please click here.