Scholarships & Awards


Each academic year, the University of South Florida Department of English holds scholarship contests for undergraduates in the areas of technical writing and literature. These scholarships are presented to winners at the annual department Scholarships & Awards Ceremony near the end of the spring term.


Following the wishes of our generous donors, the awards listed below are restricted to students whose home campus is designated as the USF Tampa campus. In order to receive the monetary award accompanying a scholarship, a student must have a FAFSA on file and must show unmet financial need for the next academic term (see “distribution of awards,” below). Any student selected for a scholarship who does not satisfy the requirements to receive financial aid may accept the honor of the award (listing it on their CV) while declining the scholarship money.


29 January 2021

Distribution of Awards

Scholarships (which are not taxable) will be disbursed as part of the winners’ financial aid packages by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Therefore, in order to receive these monetary awards, recipients must have a completed FAFSA on file and be eligible to receive financial aid (have unmet financial need). Students graduating at the end of the current academic year may not receive scholarship funds. For continuing students scholarships will be applied to your account in summer 2021, fall 2021, or spring 2022.

Possible awards include the following:

Charles F. Brooks Award in Technical Writing

Deadline: TBA

Award: Up to $625

Open To: Students on the Tampa campus with a major or minor in Professional and Technical Communication

How to apply: A digital portfolio submitted as either a PDF or website URL to Portfolios must include work completed in PTC courses at USF during the current academic year, but may also include work from other semesters or work completed outside of class.

Applicants must also submit the entry form to the English deptartment main office, CPR 358 or email it as an attachment to by the deadline. Include the words "Brooks Award" in the subject line of your email.

Please direct any questions to Tanya Zarlengo, PhD.

Suncoast Chapter Technical Writing Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

Award: Up to $500

Open To: Students on the Tampa campus with a major or minor in Professional and Technical Communication

How to apply: Deliver your completed entry form and a sample of your best technical writing work (a single document or project) to the English department main office (CPR 358) or email materials to with "STC Award" in the subject line by the deadline.

Please direct any questions to Tanya Zarlengo, PhD.

Edwin and Mary Martin Award

Deadline: TBA

Award: Up to $475

Open To: Undergraduate English majors (any concentration), Tampa campus only

Eligibility and Application Details: The Edwin and Mary Martin Award is a merit award for an excellent undergraduate in English who wishes to pursue an academic career in the field and who has knowledge of nineteenth-century British literature as demonstrated in an essay.

Applicants must be enrolled at least one semester during the 2020-21 year. Minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 overall, and 3.3 in English major. Each applicant must submit an application form, statement on career plans, and essay on nineteenth-century British literature. The form is linked to the left and should be submitted with the two required items through the English majors portal on Canvas (there is an assignment titled Edwin and Mary Martin Award). The statement about academic career plans must be 200-300 words. The essay on nineteenth-century British literature should use mainly primary texts and be a minimum of 2000 words.

For any questions, please ask Nicole Discenza, PhD.