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 2020-2021 winners of the Walker Gilmer Prize are Area Guede-Ramos and Nina Stular.
William G. Schoenhoff 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 2020-2021 winner of the William G. Schoenhoff Award is Shafrarisi Bonner.
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 2020-2021 winners of the Elizabeth B. Powell Prize are Mahogany Brim and Elizabeth Swift.
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 2020-2021 winner of the J. David Hogue ('21) Journalism Scholarship is Olivia Lamb.
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 2020-2021 winners of the the Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing are Catherine Fisher and Carson Mara.
Judith Shakespeare Award for a junior or senior English Literature major exceptionally gifted in literary interpretation.
The 2020-2021 winner of the Judith Shakespeare Award is Vincent Eldred.
Chad Kostel Memorial Scholarship 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 2020-2021 winners (for the 2021-2022 academic year) of the Chad Kostel Memorial Scholarship are Layla Brown-Clark, Kaitlynn Franks, Cedrick Chandler, Trinity Rairdon, Jada Shavers, Gavin Lancaster, Kate Hennessey, Jacob Sipes, and Sasha Taxter.
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 2020-2021 winner for the Mary Smith Hamer Journalism Prize is Eleanor Margulis.
DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Print Journalism Award for juniors who have demonstrated a career interest in print journalism.
The 2020-2021 winners for the DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Print Journalism Award are Olivia Jennings and Ian Brundige.
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 2020-2021 winners for the Paul Query Prize in Poetry are Maggie Ephraim, Natalie Betances, and Alaina Stellwagen.
Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing For a senior outstanding in writing.
The 2020-2021 winners of the Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing are Andrew Cobb and Emma Rees.
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.