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Department of Writing Studies

Awards & Scholarships

All students in the Technical Writing and Communication major are eligible to apply for the following scholarships:

Coakley Ames Writing Excellence Award

The Writing Studies Department is pleased to announce the Coakley Ames Writing Award for students interested in improving their writing through advanced study. This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Coakley Ames family, who support improvement in student writing at the University of Minnesota.  

Eligibility: The award is for both new TWC students and for current TWC students who have at least one semester of coursework remaining. Applicants also must have taken six credits of writing courses (including first-year writing, or WI courses) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in those classes. Students must be registered full time during spring semester 2015 (the semester the award is disbursed).  

The Coakley Ames fund offers two $1500 awards. To apply for the award, send the following materials to writ@umn.edu:

    1. an academic writing sample from a previous class (minimum of five pages)
    2. a one-page statement of interest in the major explaining how you hope to improve your writing through advanced study in TWC
    3. an unofficial copy of your transcript

 

Please include “Coakley Ames Writing Award” in the subject line of your email. If you would prefer to submit your application materials in person, you may submit them to 214 Nolte Center.

Funds will be awarded spring semester 2015; students must be registered students at the University of Minnesota in order to receive the award.  If the recipient of the award currently receives financial aid through the University of Minnesota, the award will be applied toward the student’s financial aid.  Contact writ@umn.edu with any questions about the award. 

2014-15 Application Deadline is November 14, 2014.

Previous winners: 20142013, 2012, 2011

Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate Memorial Fund In Scientific & Technical Communication

Victoria Mikelonis To apply for the $200 Victoria Mikelonis Undergraduate award, send a letter expressing your interest and goals in scientific and technical communication and an unofficial copy of your transcript to writ@umn.edu. Please include “Mikelonis Scholarship” in the subject line of your email. Your application letter should be limited to one page. The winning student will be asked to write a thank you letter explaining how the funds will be used to support his or her education. This letter will be shared with everyone who donated to the Mikelonis fund. If you would prefer to submit your application materials in person, you may submit them to the main office. Funds will be awarded fall semester; students must be registered students at the University of Minnesota in order to receive the award. If the recipient of the award currently receives financial aid through the University of Minnesota, the award will be applied toward the student’s financial aid. Contact writ@umn.edu with any questions about the award.

2014-15 Application Deadline is November 14, 2014.

Professor Victoria Mikelonis is fondly remembered by her colleagues, students, friends, and family for her profound commitment to scientific and technical communication and rhetorical studies. She was a faculty member in the former Department of Rhetoric from 1980 until her death in 2007.

Vickie served in many roles over the years, but always with an eye toward challenging and encouraging her students. Her work is defined by her keen interest in the role of Rhetoric in drawing people together across cultures and national boundaries. Vickie’s deep dedication to her students was most evident in her years as director of the department’s Scientific and Technical Communication undergraduate program and her leadership in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) student chapter.

The Mikelonis Award offers a $200 award every year to an exceptional undergraduate student whose academic pursuits reflect a commitment to scientific and technical communication, rhetorical studies, and/or intercultural communication. (Suggested uses are books and a membership in the STC student chapter.) The award is presented in recognition of Professor Mikelonis’s leadership, commitment, and her tremendous contributions to the University of Minnesota with the hope that the student will continue to build on Professor Mikelonis’s work.

Society for Technical Communication (STC) Scholarships

The Society for Technical Communication sponsors fourteen scholarships of $2,000 each for school tuition and expenses. Seven awards are granted to graduate students and seven to undergraduate students. Full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of a post-secondary education studying communication of information about technical subjects, and who have at least one year of study to complete their degree are eligible to apply. Applications must be postmarked by February 15 of the year for which they will be granted. Please see http://www.stc.org/scholarship_info.asp for more information and for an application form.

The local STC chapter (www.stctc.org) also offers scholarships annually to students. Check their website for details and the latest information.

Diane Feldman Technical Editing SIG Scholarship

The Technical Editing Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) is offering two scholarships of $1,400 each.

The first scholarship assists students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in technical communication (or a related area, such as professional writing or digital media) and the second assists students who are pursuing a graduate degree in technical communication (or a related area, such as professional writing or digital media). Students applying for one of these scholarships are expected to be able to demonstrate their focus on topics related to technical editing through their academic studies, current jobs, special projects, or undergraduate/graduate program. The winners will be announced in the Technical Editing SIG newsletter.

For more information on the scholarship program, please see the STC Technical Editing website.

Scholarships in CLA

Are you doing an unpaid internship this spring? Apply for the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship! The $1,500 internship scholarships are designated for CLA undergraduate students who are doing unpaid internships.

For information about other scholarships available in CLA, please check the CLA Scholarships website.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
The goal of UROP is to help students become involved in research activity to strengthen their connections to the University of Minnesota community as well as research and creative communities nationally and throughout the world.

UROP provides stipends of up to $1,400 and research expenses of up to $300 for undergraduate students working with a University of Minnesota Faculty Mentor. Full-time (enrolled for ≥6 credits) undergraduates enrolled in any college on any campus are eligible to apply.

University of Minnesota Honors Program Scholarships

The University of Minnesota Honors Program offers several scholarships including (1) the Harry S. Truman scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in public service; (2) the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for students interested in pursuing a research-oriented career in math, science, or engineering; and (3) the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for students interested in careers related to the environment.