English Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes for Outstanding Work

  • The English Department offers a number of scholarships, awards, and prizes in the form of cash grants. In most cases instructors nominate candidates, see criteria below.  Scholarship and award winners will be notified by the Financial Aid and Awards Office, while prize winners will be contacted by the English Department.

    You'll find a complete list of the current year’s offerings below. Click on the links for application dates and details or visit the Financial Aid and Awards website.

    Department of English Student Vision Prize
    English 100 Prize for Research Essay – Fall
    English 100 Prize for Research Essay - Spring
    First Year Literature Essay Prize – Fall/Spring
    Second Year Literature Award – Spring
    Lady Alice Sorila-Rothberg Memorial Scholarship – Fall
    Third and Fourth Year English Scholarship - Spring
    Dorothy E. Gould Scholarship – Spring
    Lucille Fisher Memorial Scholarship – Spring
    Sandra Isabel McArthur Brouwer Award – Spring




    Department of English Student Vision Prize

    Prize: One $500 award will be given annually at the end of the Fall Semester to a student who writes an outstanding text which is evocative of, for this round, sustainability (in its broadest interpretation). Submissions can be any genre (creative or academic) and should be about 5-10 pages in length.

    Requirements: To qualify a student must be registered in any English course. Applicants should ask their instructor to nominate them.

    Application Deadline: December

    English 100 Prize for Research Essay – Fall

    Prize: A cash award equal to one tuition waiver for an English course at the domestic student rate will be given to a student who has written an outstanding research essay in the Fall semester.  The student will be nominated by his or her instructor. (Students may not apply themselves.)

    Requirements: Students must have completed English 100 in the Fall semester and be registered in a Spring semester English course.

    Application Deadline: Grade day at the end of the Fall Semester.

    English 100 Prize for Research Essay - Spring

    Prize: A cash award equal to one tuition waiver for an English course at the domestic student rate will be given to the winner of this award. Instructors will nominate students who have written outstanding research essays in English 100. (Students may not apply themselves.)

    Requirements: Students must have completed English 100 in the Spring and have plans to register in a Summer or Fall English course.

    Application Deadline: Grade day at the end of the Spring semester.

    First Year Literature Essay Prize – Fall/Spring

    Prizes:

    • Fall: A cash prize equal to one tuition waiver for an English course will be awarded to a student who submits and outstanding essay in a first year literature course.  Students must be nominated by their instructors.
    • Spring:  A cash prize equal to one tuition waiver for an English course will be awarded to a student who submits and outstanding essay in a first year literature course. Students must be nominated by their instructors.

    Process: Instructors may nominate students who have written an outstanding essay in a literature course in the Fall or Spring by submitting unmarked copies of the essays (complete with relevant assignment handout) to the DDA in Humanities. (Students may not apply themselves.)

    Application Deadlines:

    • Fall: Grade day at the end of the Fall semester.
    • Spring: Grade day at the end of the Spring semester.
    Second Year Literature Award – Spring

    Awards: $500 will be offered annually at the end of the Spring semester.

    Requirements: To qualify students must have excelled in one 200 level English course and should have a GPA of 3.5.  The minimum scholarship eligibility criteria established by Capilano University also applies; therefore, candidates must be enrolled in 12 credits in the term they are nominated. Students will be nominated by their instructors.

    Application Deadlines: Grade day at the end of the Spring semester.

    Lady Alice Sorila-Rothberg Memorial Scholarship – Fall

    Faculty Contact: Brian Ganter

    Award: Eero Sorila established a scholarship in memory of his mother who was a very well-read woman, in many languages, and had a great passion for poetry. The scholarship supports students who have a passion for literature and demonstrate outstanding academic performance. Students will be nominated by their instructors.  (Students may not apply themselves.)

    Requirements: Students must be enrolled in, or have completed, a second year literature course with an outstanding result during the previous Spring, Summer or current Fall terms and must have demonstrated a love for literature and a commitment to literary study. For all CapU scholarships students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, have completed a minimum of 12 credits at 100-level or higher at the University, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.

    Application Deadline: TBA

    Third and Fourth Year English Scholarship - Spring

    Award: The Third and Fourth Year English Scholarship assists outstanding third and fourth year English students at Capilano University.

    Requirements:  To qualify students must have excelled in one 300 or 400 level English course and should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. The minimum scholarship eligibility criteria established by Capilano University also applies; therefore, candidates must be enrolled in 12 credits in the term they are nominated. Students will be nominated by their instructors.

    Application Deadline: Grade day at the end of the Spring semester.

    Dorothy E. Gould Scholarship – Spring

    Faculty Contact: Brian Ganter

    Scholarships: A scholarship in the name of Dorothy E. Gould is given annually to one or more outstanding students enrolled in a credit course in Creative Writing (English Department) or Commercial Writing (Communications).

    Process: Faculty in the areas concerned will nominate students and an appropriate sub-committee will choose the recipient(s). Nominees must be enrolled in a course of study emphasizing creative skills and abilities in the use of the English language, and be an outstanding student in the Fall term. For all CapU scholarships students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, have completed a minimum of 12 credits at 100-level or higher at the University, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.

    Application Deadline: April

    Lucille Fisher Memorial Scholarship – Spring

    Award: The West Vancouver Memorial Library and the West Vancouver Municipal Employees' Association established a fund in memory of Lucille Fisher, a Capilano student.  The Lucille Fisher Memorial Scholarship recognizes outstanding performance in Creative Writing or communications courses at Capilano University.

    Process: Instructors may nominate students, or students may apply on their own.  Applicants should submit a folder of their best work (no more than ten pages) to the Coordinator of the Communications Department.  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

    Sandra Isabel McArthur Brouwer Award – Spring

    Award: Sandra Isabel McArthur Brouwer established a permanent fund with Capilano University Foundation prior to her death on May 31, 2003. The purpose of the fund is to provide one award annually to a student enrolled in Creative Writing at Capilano University.

    Process: Instructors may nominate students, or students may apply on their own.  Applicants should submit a folder of their best work (no more than ten pages) to the faculty contact for this award.  Applicants must be enrolled in a Creative Writing class in the Spring semester.

    Application Deadline: This award is currently offered every other year.