The Alex McGuiggan Scholarship was first awarded in Spring 2010 in memory of Alex McGuiggan, an English major at the University of Colorado Boulder. It recognizes the achievements of an undergraduate English major studying creative writing, with a preference for students whose strength is in writing poetry. Alex was an astute observer of human behavior known for his wry sense of humor, mastery of the art of friendship, and unwavering commitment to following his own path. The ideal Alex McGuiggan scholar should share not only Alex’s passion for writing and other forms of creative expression, but also these personal attributes. The $2,000 award is to be applied to student tuition.


All materials must be submitted electronically. The scholarship winner will be notified once a recipient has been determined. The scholarship recipient will be expected to write a note of appreciation to the donor, as well as a short paragraph about his or her interests, classes they are taking and writing, one semester after receiving the award.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled on the Boulder campus as full-time students. Good academic standing is required.
  • Applicants must be planning to graduate no earlier than the spring of the next academic year (one year after the award cycle in which they submitted an application).
  • Applicants must have a declared major in the English Department and have already been admitted to the Creative Writing track.
  • Applicants must have taken/be enrolled in at least one Creative Writing poetry workshop (ENGL 2021, 3021, and/or 4021) to demonstrate an interest in writing poetry.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit between five and ten pages of poems titled and formatted, as they would appear in a publication.
  • The first page of your poetry submission should be an index of all poems contained in your submission.
  • All poems must be strung together into one document.
  • Insert a header with the name of the award in the upper right corner of each page.
  • Insert page numbers (e.g. page 1 of 5) in the lower right corner of each page.
  • No extraneous marks, grades, names or other identifying information should be included on the pages of poetry.
  • Save your submission as a PDF titled: YourLastName_McGuiggan

Donor Statement