Helen Popovich Scholarship
- Recipients may be granted as much as the entire cost of attending the University depending
on individual student financial need.
- Scholarship funding may be applied to any costs related to University attendance including
tuition, room and board fees, books and other education related expenses.
- Recipients must have achieved a 3.5 GPA the semester prior to selection.
- Recipients must have attained junior or senior status and be enrolled full- or part-time
- Financial need shall be a determining criterion.
Process for Awarding the Popovich Scholarship in English Education
Students may apply for the Popovich Scholarship individually or they may be nominated
by a faculty member of the Department of Languages and Literature. In either case,
applications must be submitted to the Department Head no later than March 1 prior
to the academic year in which the scholarship will be awarded.
If a student is nominated by a faculty member, then that student will be informed
of the nomination by the Chair of the English Education Committee and informed that
he or she should complete the application process if he or she wishes to be considered.
Students who wish to renew their scholarships must reapply each year.
- A complete application will consist of the following items:
A. An extended letter of application from the student that indicates the student
s desire and need for the scholarship, the student s future professional plans, a
statement of educational philosophy, etc.
B.Three letters of recommendation from FSU faculty, two of which must come from members
of the Department of Languages and Literature;
C.Copies of three pieces of writing (which may include one piece of creative writing)
from three English (ENGL) or Literature (LITR) classes taken at FSU.
All submissions should reflect professional manuscript standards and must be error
In cases of reapplication, candidates must include a revised letter of application,
updated letters of recommendation, and at least one additional writing sample from
an English or literature course taken since previously applying for and/or receiving
a previous Popovich scholarship.
- A subcommittee of the English Education Committee will select a four person scholarship
selection sub-committee to evaluate candidates' materials and to rank-order recipients
recommended for the scholarship, considering factors required by the Endowment Agreement,
the materials indicated in 1 a-c, above.
- The sub-committee will give its recommendation to the English Education Committee
for its approval and then to the Head of the Department. The sub-committee will then
forward a copy of the rank-listed prospective scholarship recipients to the Office
of Financial Aid to determine financial need.
- Recipient(s) will be notified no later than April 1 of receiving the scholarship and
the amount(s) of the scholarship(s).
Contact Dr. Christine Vonder Haar
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 591-2528
FAX: (231) 591-2910
The Prism is the annual student writing and art competition at Ferris State University sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature. Any current FSU student is eligible. There are cash prizes in each category, and
winners will be honored at an awards banquet in the spring as well as in print in
The Prism journal published in the fall.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the competition and the first year of the
Mary Kilgallen Award to honor its founder.
In the writing competition, the following categories are considered:
- Freshman/Sophomore Essay
- Freshman/Sophomore Research Paper (The Mary Kilgallen Award).
- Junior/Senior Essay
- Junior/Senior Research Paper
- Technical Writing/Professional Writing/Script Writing
- Short Fiction
The art contest considers original artwork in any medium including acrylic, oil, water
color, pen and ink, etc.