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BARBARA ROOKE TRAVEL PRIZE

Deadline for Submissions: Extended to March 21, 2014

Elisha May Rubacha is the inaugural winner of Trent University’s Barbara Rooke Travel Prize. Beginning in 2013, the Prize will be awarded annually to a graduating  English major with an average over 80% for travel to a significant literary heritage site or region. Elisha chose Spain, based on her understanding and affection for Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

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Trent University has a full and diverse program of academic awards designed to foster and reward high academic achievement among its students. Among these are a number of Scholarships and Prizes intended for English majors. University Scholarships are awarded by the University on the recommendation of the English Department; English Department Prizes are awarded directly by the Department. All of these awards are available to both full-time and part-time students. No applications are necessary.

Application is required for:

The P.K. Page Creative Writing Prize in Poetry

The Timothy FindleyCreative Writing Prize in Fiction, Drama and Creative Non-Fiction

The P.K. Page Irwin Prize

The James Middleton Essay Prize in the Humanities

Note: The James Middleton Essay Prize prize rotates between Ancient History & Classics and Philosophy in one year, and History and English Literature in the next. For 2013-2014, the two prizes will be awarded to students in English Literature and History  

The material submitted cannot be used in applications for other prizes administered by the Department of English Literature.

 

University Scholarships

The Sylvia Cherney Scholarship

The Sylvia Cherney Scholarship, the gift of the late Harry Cherney and of Brian Cherney and Lawrence Cherney, is named in memory of Sylvia Cherney and is available to in-course students majoring in English Literature with aim of encouraging promise and interest in the study of drama.
Recipients

The Department of English Literature Scholarship
(previously Department of English Literature Prize,1968-96)

This scholarship, the gift of the Department of English Literature, is awarded to the best student entering the fourth quarter of the Honours program in English Literature.
Value in 2011: $1,000
Recipients

The Heritage Scholarship

This scholarship honours the Curtis and Milburn families, both of whom were very early settlers of the Peterborough area and have contributed continuously to its development. The scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student entering the final year of Honours in English.
Value in 2011: $800
Recipients

The Helen and Barney Sandwell Scholarship

This scholarship, the gift of the distinguished Canadian publisher B.D. Sandwell, a long-time member of the Trent Board and its chair from 1971 to 1975, and of his wife, Helen, is awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in English Literature entering the third year of a degree program in English.
Value in 2011: $800
Recipients

The English Department is also involved in choosing the recipients of the following Scholarship which is frequently awarded to English majors pursuing an interest in Canadian Studies.

The Margaret Laurence Scholarship

Frequently awarded to English majors pursuing an interest in Canadian Studies, this scholarship, named in honour of the late Margaret Laurence, a former Chancellor of the University, is awarded annually for outstanding achievement in the fields of Canadian literature or Canadian studies.
Value in 2010: $500
Recipients 

Humanities Prizes

The James Middleton Essay Prize in the Humanities

This is an essay prize for second or third year students in the Humanities, offered in alternating years to students in Classics and Philosophy (Year 1) and History and English Literature (Year 2). In the 2011-12 academic year, one prize will be awarded to the best essay submitted to the competition by a student in the second or third year of an honours program in English Literature, and one prize will be awarded to the best essay submitted by a student in the second or third year of an honours program in History. 
Value: $600.
Recipients

Department Prizes

The Robert Chambers Prize

This prize, established in 1996 to honour Professor Robert Chambers on his retirement, is awarded annually to the best student graduating from the Honours program in English Literature.
Value in 2011: $400
Recipients

The Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize

Created in honour of Timothy Findley and awarded annually, the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize recognizes creative writing of special merit by a Trent undergraduate student. In the spirit of Findley's own diverse output, submissions may include fiction, drama, or creative non-fiction. Previously unpublished manuscripts of no more than twenty (20) pages are submitted to the English Department office, Wallis Hall, Traill College by the deadline in April. Those who submit material for consideration must have been registered in at least one Trent course during that academic year. Submissions are adjudicated by a committee of three, two from the university and one from the community.
Value in 2011: $300
Recipients

The P.K. Page (Poetry) Prize

This newly created prize will recognize the creative writing of poetry by a Trent undergraduate student currently registered at the university. Students are invited to submit unpublished poetry of no less than eight (8) and no more than twelve (12) pages to the English Department office, Wallis Hall, Traill College by the deadline in April.

 Value in 2011: $300

Recipients

The P.K. Page Irwin Prize

Established by the family, friends and admirers of P.K. Page Irwin to honour her extraordinary achievements in the arts. Awarded to a student who has shown special merit in creative writing and at least one of the other arts.
Value in 2011: $150 each
Recipients

The Jane McLarty Memorial Prize

This prize, given in memory of Jane McLarty, a member of Lady Eaton College from 1987-1990, is awarded annually to a deserving student entering the third or fourth quarter of studies in English Literature.
Value in 2011: $800
Recipients

The John Pettigrew Prizes

These prizes, established in memory of the late Professor John Pettigrew, are awarded annually for the best student essays submitted in first-year English.
Value in 2011: $150 each
Recipients

The Barbara Rooke Prize

This prize, established in memory of the late Professor Barbara Rooke, is awarded annually to the best student in a 200- or 300-level course in the Romantics.
Value in 2011: $150
Recipients

The Barbara Rooke Travel Prize

"The Barbara Rooke Travel Prize" will be awarded annually to a graduating  English major with a high average (over 80%) for travel to a significant  literary heritage site or region. The prize funds a student's travel to a  site of his or her choice and includes a cash award of up to $2,000. The total value of the prize will not exceed $3,500. 

Recipients

 

The Waddington Prize

Established by friends and family of Gail Waddington, alumna and a Trent English major. To be awarded to an student majoring in English Literature who has demonstrated excellence in the study of poetry.

Value in 2011: $125

Recipients

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