Spring 2021 English Student Scholarships and Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the English Department’s 2020-2021 scholarships and awards! In the absence of our annual in-person awards reception, their professors have recorded brief videos about these students’ accomplishments.

H. Broadus Jones Senior Award for Excellence in English

Awarded to an outstanding senior major.

Recipient: Natalie Bradford, presented by Prof. Sarah Hogan


H. Broadus Jones Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an outstanding rising senior major.

Recipient: Lauren DeMarco, presented by Prof. Claudia Kairoff


H. Broadus Jones M.A. Student Award for Excellence in English

Awarded to an outstanding second-year student in our English MA Program.

Recipient: Meara Waxman, presented by Prof. Zak Lancaster


Justus and Elizabeth C. Drake Scholarship

Awarded to two outstanding rising senior majors.

Recipient: Kathryn Paulsen, presented by Prof. Derek Lee

 

Recipient: Bella Reiter, presented by Prof. Jenny Pyke


Emily Crandall Shaw Scholarship in Liberal Arts

Awarded to an outstanding rising senior English major who shows talent in the arts as well as in literary study.

Recipient: Abigail Franke, presented by Prof. Jeffrey Solomon


Beulah Lassiter Raynor Scholarship

Awarded to two outstanding rising senior majors from small NC towns.

Recipient: Caroline Walker, presented by Prof. Meredith Farmer

 

Recipient: Katie Wooten, presented by Prof. Lucy Alford


Jerry B. & Callie Irene Stone Award Honoring Professor Alonzo Kenion

Given to a student excelling in an English course formerly taught by Prof. Kenion.

Recipient: Lauren DeMarco, presented by Claudia Kairoff. Dr. Kairoff recognizes both of Lauren’s awards in the video for the H. Broadus Jones Memorial Scholarship above.


H. Broadus Jones Shakespeare Prize

Awarded to students whose oral and written work shows the greatest insight into Shakespeare.

Anna Lawrence, Elia Chou, and Riley Gallagher, presented by Prof. Olga Valbuena


D.A. Brown Award for Excellence in Creative Writing
Given to students who show talent in the art of creative writing.
Recipient: Kaylah Bozkurtian, presented by Prof. Joanna Ruocco

 

Recipient: Jailen Stanley, presented by Prof. Eric Wilson


D.A. Brown Award for Excellence in Essay Writing, Writing 111
Recognizing the top essay from a student in Writing 111. This student will also be recognized in the upcoming issue of Writing Moves.
Recipient: Sophie Lee, presented by Prof. Elisabeth Whitehead (video forthcoming).

2019-2020 D.A. Brown Award for Excellence in Essay Writing, Literature
Recognizing the top essays from a student in a 100-level literature course and a student in a 300-level literature course. This award is given over the summer and recognized the following year.
Recipients: Maggie Fox and Alice Graham-Welton. Learn more about their essays here.

About the Awards:

H. Broadus Jones Awards
H. Broadus Jones was professor and chair of English for many years. He taught Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, and Victorian poetry at Wake Forest for much of the first half of the 20th Century. Each year, the English department gives several scholarships and awards in his name.
Justus and Elizabeth C. Drake Scholarship
Justus Drake was a professor of English at Wake Forest for a number of years. He taught American and Victorian literature. His wife Elizabeth was the administrative assistant to President Scales. The Drakes’ sons were Wake Forest alums, and they set up this scholarship in their parents’ memory to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our rising senior majors.
Emily Crandall Shaw Scholarship in Liberal Arts
Emily Crandall Shaw and her husband Bynum Shaw, who was a professor of Journalism at Wake Forest, were Wake Forest alumni. After Mrs. Shaw’s death, Mr. Shaw set up this scholarship in her memory to recognize outstanding rising senior English majors who show talent in arts as well as in literary study.
Beulah Lassiter Raynor Scholarship
This award is named in honor of Beulah Lassiter Raynor, who taught in the English department from 1946 to 1979. The award has been endowed by her friends and former students, and recognizes outstanding rising senior majors from small towns in North Carolina.
Jerry B. & Callie Irene Stone Award Honoring Professor Alonzo Kenion
Alonzo “Al” Kenion taught at Wake Forest University from 1956 until 1983. He taught courses in 18th-century English literature and was a frequent teacher in our Interdisciplinary Honors program. The award is given to a student excelling in an English course formerly taught by Professor Kenion.
D.A. Brown Awards
The late D.A. Brown was a member of the English department for many years. He was noted for his high standards, and on his retirement, a fund was established to recognize excellence in writing. Each year the English department recognizes exemplary writers in creative writing, Writing 111 courses, 100-level literature courses, 300-level literature courses in his name.

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