Awards and Scholarships

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 at FSU.
  • 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 Chair 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.
  1. 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 free.

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. The sub-committee will give its recommendation to the English Education Committee for its approval and then to the Chair 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.
  4. 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
(231) 591-2528

Department of Languages and Literature
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 3080
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-3988 


The Prism

The Prism is the annual student writing and art competition at Ferris State University sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature. Any current Ferris State University 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.

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
  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction


The art contest considers original artwork in any medium including acrylic, oil, water color, pen and ink, etc.