Initiated by English alumnus Art Kaufman ’76, this scholarship is established to benefit an undergraduate student who has overcome significant academic obstacles and shows talent as a writer. The award amount is $1,000 to be applied to student tuition.

Application

The scholarship winner will be notified once the decision has been made. The scholarship recipient will be expected to write a note of thanks to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about interests, classes and activities, one semester after receiving the award.

Qualifications

  • Applicants should demonstrate budding talent as a writer.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled on the Boulder campus. Good academic standing is required.
  • Applicants must have a declared major in the English Department, either Literature or Creative Writing track.
  • Applicants must currently be either a junior or senior, graduating no earlier than the spring of the next academic year (one year after the award cycle in which they submitted an application).
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate having overcome academic obstacles (ideally through grades).

Submission Requirements

Personal narrative:

  • Up to two pages (typed, double-spaced) outlining your qualifications for this scholarship.
  • This narrative should include a comparison of grades that demonstrates having overcome an academic obstacle.
  • Insert a header that includes the name of the award, your first initial and last name in the upper right corner of each page (e.g. J. Doe, Gentian Ascension).
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 2) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • Save document as PDF titled: YourLastName_GentianNarrative

Writing sample:

  • Up to five pages (typed, double-spaced) that demonstrates talent as a writer.
  • The writing sample should be a clean copy with no extraneous comments, marks, or grades on it. The genre is not restricted; it can include literary criticism, poetry, fiction, drama etc.
  • Insert a header that includes the name of the award, your first initial and last name in the upper right corner of each page (e.g. J. Doe, Gentian Ascension).
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 5) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • Save document as PDF titled YourLastName_GentianWritingSample

Current Degree Audit:

  • Submit a current and complete Degree Audit.
  • Title “Degree Audit for Gentian Ascension Award.”
  • Save document as PDF titled YourLastName_GentianDegreeAudit

Donor Statement