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Awards and Scholarships

shakespeare.JPGEach year, the English department (in some cases in conjunction with other departments or the Office of Financial Aid) chooses recipients of the following awards which are announced on Honors Day.  These are not awards and scholarships that students apply for; the department chooses recipients based on information in its records and, in some cases, on personal experience. 

  1.  The A. W. "Bud" Collins Prize in Creative Writing. To a graduating senior, regardless of major, who submits material showing creative achievement over a period of time and preferably in more than one genre.
Recipients in 2009: Michael D'Agostino and David Magnus 
Recipient in 2010: Alicia Hoisington
Recipients in 2011: Joshua Daum and Krystal Sierra 
Recipient in 2012: Kathleen Reidel
Recipient in 2013: Christopher Quinn

  2.  The Twila Haines Coxon Scholarship.  To a sophomore or junior English major based on academic achievement and creative potential.
Recipients in 2009: Alicia Hoisington and Nicholas Meloro
Recipients in 2010: Domenic Farinelli and Molly Gabriel
Recipients in 2011: Molly Gabriel and Lisa Kundmueller
Recipients in 2012: Sarah Borror and Talia DiRocco
Recipients in 2013: Nicole Campeotto and Matthew Gesicki

  3.  The English Department Essay Prize. Made possible by a gift from  J. Richard Hankins Swift.JPGwho taught at BW for over 30 years and was also the first Director of the BW Writing Lab, which he helped to establish.  For an outstanding essay submitted in an English course.
Recipient in 2009: Carli Savage 
Recipient in 2010: Walter Plummer
Recipient in 2011: Kathleen Riedel
Recipient in 2012: Matt Gesicki
Recipient in 2013: Armand de Asis and Laura Lagania

   4. The Amelia and Clara Harding Scholarship.  Established by the Harding Family (Amelia, BW 1936; Charles, BW 1937; Clara).  The Harding family have been benefactors to Baldwin Wallace in many ways over the years, and Amelia Harding taught the English Methods course for the department.  Preference is to be given to an academically superior student who intends to pursue a degree in secondary education.  Consideration is given to candidates active on campus and/or in extra-curricular activities, and who show promise of making future contributions to society.
Recipients in 2009: John Caputo, Walter Plummer, and Andrew Stromberg
Recipients in 2010: John Caputo, Walter Plummer, and Andrew Stromberg

Recipients in 2011: Samantha Ania, Angela Elk, and Dominic Farinelli
Recipients in 2012: Samantha Ania, Julie Castanien, Katylyn Kuchta, and Juliana Lytkowski
Recipients in 2013: Heather Biernacki, Laura Lagania, and Alexandra Shaw

  5. The Robert Howells Memorial English Scholarship.  Robert Howells served as Professor of English at BW for over 20 years until his untimely death in 1988, and was awarded the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching.  For academic achievement, with preferable emphasis in American studies.
Recipients in 2009: Margaret Campbell and Ashley DiGregorio
Recipient in 2010: Jessica Poiner

Recipients in 2011: Courtney Mere and Kathleen Riedel
Recipient in 2012: Brooke Hamilton
Recipient in 2013: Alexandra Farone

  6.  The Ruby V. Redinger Prize.  Ruby Redinger, member of the English Department from 1951 to 1980, winner of the Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching, was author of an acclaimed novel (The Golden Net, 1948), and highly-regarded biography (George Eliot:  The Emergent Self, 1975).  Presented to the graduating senior English major with the highest grade point average in English courses taken at BW.
Recipient in 2009: Samantha Trott 
Recipient in 2010: Matthew O'Donnell

Recipient in 2011: Jessica Poiner
Recipients in 2012: Molly Gabriel, Lisa Kundmueller, and Elizabeth Wells
Recipient in 2013: Mary Beth Harral-Tweardy

  7.  The Dr. Neille and Jeanne Shoemaker Scholarship.  Neille Shoemaker was a member of the English Department for over 25 years, and was also distinguished for his scholarship and administrative leadership ability.  The scholarship is awarded to an English major according to academic achievement.
Recipients in 2009: Jessica Federle, Matthew O'Donnell, and Jessica Poiner
Recipients in 2010: Shannon Bowens, Lisa Kundmueller, Benjamin Rafferty, and Erika Schmidt
Recipients in 2011: Brooke Hamilton, Erika Schmidt, and Elizabeth Wells

Recipients in 2012: Alexandra Farone, Emma Gasperak, Matt Gesicki, Mary-Beth Harral-Tweardy, and Julienne Hayes
Recipients in 2013: Alexandra Farone, Matthew Gesicki, and Kayse Schumucker

  8. The Bertha Stiefel Scholarship.  Bertha Stiefel was both English professor and Director of Placement at BW.  Her scholarship is awarded traditionally to a freshman English major who has shown unusual promise. 
Recipient in 2009: Molly Gabriel
Recipient in 2010: Julienne Hayes
Recipients in 2011: Talia DiRocco, Alexandra Farone, and Matthew Gesicki
Recipients in 2012: Jenna Burnett, Nicole Campeotto, Brandon Romano, and Kayse Schmucker
Recipients in 2013: Edward Habat and Ashley Hawley

Martinginshade.jpg  9.  The Robert Dolzani English Scholarship.  Established by a gift from Robert Dolzani.  Academic achievement as measured by GPA and/or other standard indicators is a consideration.  However, preference is given to students whose scholarly work, as judged by the members of the English Department, exemplifies intellectual creativity, whether "creativity" is defined in terms of originality and inventiveness, or by degree of interpretive energy and depth of insight, or by both at once.  This criterion, may at the discretion of the Department, take precedence over the first criterion.
Recipient in 2009:  David Magnus and Sara Tackett
Recipient in 2010:  Anna Risch
Recipients in 2011:  Katherine Brink and Julienne Hayes

The scholarships listed below are not strictly for English majors, but English majors have been frequent recipients of them over the years.

  10. The Georgianna and Alfred B. Bonds, Jr. Scholarship.  Dr. Alfred B. Bonds was president of Baldwin Wallace University from 1956 until 1982.  The scholarship is an endowed fund providing scholarships for students with a distinguished academic record who are majoring in one of the humanities.  Nomination and selection coordinated by the chair of the humanities division.
Recipient in 2009: Ashley DiGregorio
Recipient in 2012: Brooke Hamilton

   11.  The Lillian and Larry D. Bibbee Scholarship.  Established to acknowledge deserving Baldwin Wallace students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the classroom, a keen interest in independent research beyond that required by the professor, and an active involvement in the college community.  Chosen by a faculty selection committee.
Recipient in 2010: Kathleen Reidel
Recipient in 2011: Brooke Hamilton

The following English majors and minors were selected as the recipients of other prizes awarded on Honors Day, 2013:

Bonnie Raye Scholar/Athlete Award
Brooke Hamilton

Jess & Arline Petty Scholarship
Erin Amschlinger

Fred E. Harris Award
Matthew Gesicki
Sophia Viglione


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