Greetings from the Department Chair
Hello, and welcome to this digital celebration of student success. The awards ceremony is one of my favorite events of the year because we can publicly recognize student accomplishments and donor support. This year we are able to be together once again. Just as in other years, I encourage you to join us for appetizers, snacks, and a glass of lemonade or iced tea. Relax and enjoy the talent, achievements, and promises of the students in our community.
English undergraduates and graduates hold a total of 180 university and departmental scholarships and 5 literary awards for the 2022-2023 academic year. As a further testament to the strength of this student cohort, the English department has also selected 14 winners of the Creative and Performing Arts Awards.
This page serves as a virtual stage for recognizing their achievements.
I'd like to extend special thanks to the Scholarship Committee: Tatiana Nekrasova Becker, Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala, Ben Greenlee, Maurice Irvin, and Ashlee Allen. Also, thank you to Sheila Dargon, who provided substantial support to that committee and helped arrange this celebration. Thank you also to Brennen Kaylor, who helped design this page to bring us all together in one place. I would also like to thank those who donated to any department scholarship in the past year. We appreciate the difference you make in the educational experiences of our students.
And thank you to the friends and families of our award winners who join us in this digital space and who have supported their studies over the years.
Welcome to all,
English Department Chair
Undergraduate: Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship Awards in Creative Writing
"A Girl, Camouflaged"
“I am your Charley Horse"
"before there was you"
“Gifted Glass Slipper"
Department Scholarships and Fellowships
Recipients of department scholarships and fellowships receive a certificate, inscription on the departmental perpetual plaque, and scholarship or fellowship funding. Current students select a faculty member to say a few words about them and to present the award. The following students received scholarships for 22-23.
The Diane Keating Woodcox and Larry G. Woodcox Scholarship
Endowed by an alumna of the English department, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior undergraduate major with an overall minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must have held gainful employment or have participated in a paid or unpaid internship and exhibit exceptional focus and determination as a student. Preference is given to a graduate of a Colorado high school. This year’s recipients are Justin Frigault and Rachel Moranty.
The O’Connor-Miller Scholarship
This annual scholarship is given by an alumna of the English department and parent of a former CSU student who studied electrical engineering, computer science, and string bass performance. The recipient of this award must be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student, or a part-time graduate or undergraduate enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts in the Department of English. The recipient is Cana Peirce.
The Donna Weyrick Memorial Scholarship
The Donna Weyrick Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Donna Weyrick, a 1962 graduate of the Department of English. This endowed scholarship for undergraduates is made possible by contributions from the Weyrick family and friends. This year’s recipients are Taylor Monteau, and Justin Frigault.
The Community Engagement Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in English with a demonstrated interest in community service activities. It was established by Pattie Cowell, former chair of the English department and of the Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Program, and her partner Sheryl Pomering, whose career included education and counseling for children and women in Fort Collins and Larimer County. This year’s recipients are Marquita Chenette Woods and Madison Jett.
The Smith-Schamberger-Swinson Literature Fellowship
The Smith-Schamberger Literature Fellowship is given to a new or returning full-or part-time graduate student in the MA literature program. The recipient is Nathan Renshaw.
English Department Legacy Scholarship
This annual scholarship prioritizes support for high-performing undergraduate and graduate students to finish their degree.
Marquita Chenette Woods
The TEFL/TESL Scholarship
Funded by the INTO CSU English Language Program, the TEFL/TESL Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the TEFL/TESL graduate program. The recipient is Edward Sarasty.
The Cross-Cultural Understanding Scholarship
The Cross-Cultural Understanding Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to international/cross-cultural issues and education. The recipient is Katayoun Hashemin.
The James J. Garvey Graduate English Language Scholarship
This award is given in memory of Professor James Garvey. It is presented annually to a graduate student in their second semester or beyond in the TEFL/TESL graduate program, or a student in the Rhetoric and Composition or English Education graduate programs. The recipient must have shown a strong interest in advanced language study. Recipients of this award may be first-generation students. The recipients are Sarah Howard and Bianca Melendrez Valenzuela.
The James J. Garvey Undergraduate English Language Scholarship
This award is given in memory of Professor James Garvey. It is presented annually to a graduate student in their second semester or beyond in the TEFL/TESL graduate program, or a student in the Rhetoric and Composition or English Education graduate programs. The recipient must have shown a strong interest in advanced language study. Recipients of this award may be first-generation students. The recipients are Shayne Christ.
The Judith A. Dean Memorial English Scholarship
The Judith A. Dean Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Judith A. Dean, a graduate in the master’s program in the Department of English, and prominent professional in the English teaching field and the organizations that support it. Judith Dean earned an MAT at Colorado State in 1978 and taught at high schools in Colorado, Idaho, and New Mexico. She served two terms as President of the Colorado Language Arts Society, and several years on the Society’s executive committee—strong measures of her prominence in public education in Colorado. The recipient is Jenna M. Phenning.
The Ann Osborn Zimdahl Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Ann Osborn Zimdahl, a 1981 graduate of the CSU MA TEFL/TESL program. Ann taught in the Intensive English Program and contributed to the international community of the university and Fort Collins. Her career also extended overseas where she held several different teaching appointments. Ann was strongly committed to cross-cultural understanding and enthusiastically shared her love of new cultures with her students both here and abroad.
There were a total of 5 recipients this year
The first award is for an outstanding graduate student in the TEFL/TESL program who is committed to international education and language teaching in support of the second year of study. The first recipient is Katayoun Hashemin.
The second award is for an outstanding graduate student in the TEFL/TESL program who is committed to international education and language teaching in support of the second year of study. This year's recipient is Jacqueline Rusch.
The third award is given to an outstanding graduate student in any program in English. The recipient is Sarah Howard.
The fourth award is given to an outstanding graduate student in any program in English. The recipient is Saja Stallings.
The fifth award is going to an outstanding graduate student who is not part of the TESOL program. The final recipient is Genevieve Witter.
The Karyn L. Evans Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in memory of Karyn L. Evans, an alumna of the English department, and is created through a gift from her estate. The recipients are Karissa Bohme, Ian Horn, Rory Low, and Nealani Merlyn Yvette Elliston.