Emerging Writers Scholarships

The Emerging Writers Scholarships are open to high school seniors and new incoming transfer students who have been admitted to North Central College and who are potential English Studies majors or minors. Students may submit either an original creative work or an original literary interpretation.


  • The scholarship is open to incoming First-Year students and incoming new Transfer students who aspire to be English Studies majors or minors.
  • Students must submit either 1 short essay of literary criticism, 1 short story or 2-3 poems.
  • Submissions should not exceed 2,000 words, and must be original and unpublished.
  • If selected to receive the scholarship, and in addition to the scholarship, selected writing submissions will be reviewed by a scholarship committee comprised of faculty from the English Department and published English professors and may be considered for publication in the 30 North. The 30 North publication is a national annual that publishes the best writing by undergraduate creative writers.
  • The Emerging Writers Scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study upon recommendation of the North Central College English Department and provided the student continues to progress toward and declares an English major or minor. Renewal recommendations will be confirmed with the English Department.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. As the FALL 2019 SEMESTER, what will be your academic status or classification?
  2. If you are selected as a recipient of this scholarship, will you be FULL-TIME (12-18 credit hours per semester) for the 2019-20 academic year?
  3. Are you hoping to MAJOR or MINOR in English Studies?
  4. Is your current cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.000? (Incoming Freshmen please use High School GPA; Incoming Transfers please use previous college/university cumulative GPA.)
  5. Submit either ONE short essay of literary criticism, ONE short story, or TWO-THREE poems for consideration. Work should not exceed 2,000 words, and must be original and unpublished. Include your first and last name, current year in school, home address, phone number and email address at the top of your work.
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