2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

E. Nelson James Junior Scholarship
($3,000 each)

Joseph Gamble Joseph Gamble
University of Alabama (S)
Phi Xi Chapter

Joseph Gamble is a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in English with minors in Creative Writing and French. He has published poems, essays, and book reviews in several literary journals including Ninth Letter and PANK, as well as a chapbook of poems from Chantepleure Press, and plans to pursue an M.F.A. in Poetry.
Laura Williams Laura Williams
Rockhurst University (MW)
Alpha Mu Gamma Chapter

Laura Williams is a senior at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, pursuing a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. Laura works as a writing tutor in the university's learning center and served as editor-in-chief of the 2013 installment of Infectus, Rockhurst's student literary and visual arts journal. This is her second year on the Alpha Mu Gamma Chapter's executive board. She plans to pursue an M.A. in English and eventually teach English at the secondary or postsecondary level.

Runner-up ($1,500)

Hanna Humphrey Hannah Humphrey
Mississippi State University (S)
Xi Kappa Chapter

Hannah Humphrey, a senior at Mississippi State University, is pursuing a B.A. in both English and Foreign Languages, and minoring in History. Hannah has served as the President of the Xi Kappa Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, and as Editor-in-Chief of The Streetcar, Mississippi State's Creative Arts Journal. After graduation in May of 2014, she hopes to earn both a J.D. and an M.A. in English, before eventually pursuing a career in public policy.

Elva Bell McLin Senior Scholarship
($4,000 each)

Katie Miller Katie Miller
Oral Roberts University (SW)
Alpha Iota Psi Chapter

Katie Miller recently completed her B.A. in English Literature at Oral Roberts University, where she served as the Sigma Tau Delta Vice President. In the fall, she will begin a funded master's degree in Contemporary Literature at the University of Manchester in England. Katie eventually aims to earn a Ph.D. in English Literature and to become a professor of contemporary literature and gender theory.
Lindsay Cameron Lindsay Cameron
Ashland University (E)
Alpha Beta Phi Chapter

Lindsay Cameron, a senior at Ashland University in Ashland, OH, is majoring in creative writing, journalism, and Integrated Language Arts Education for grades 7-12. She will graduate with a B.S. in Education in May 2014. Lindsay served her Sigma Tau Delta chapter as Vice President for one year and President for two years. After graduation, she plans to teach high school English, while pursuing writing endeavors in fiction, memoir, and poetry. She hopes eventually to enter an M.F.A. program for creative writing.

Runner-up ($2,000)

Elijah Edwards Elijah Edwards
University of Kentucky (S)
Delta Epsilon Upsilon Chapter

Eli Edwards, a native of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky (UK), where he earned a B.A. in Secondary English Education and a B.A. in English and Linguistics. He served as President of Sigma Tau Delta's Alpha Phi Omega Chapter, the Student Senate, and the College of Education Council of Student Leaders. Eli will return to UK this fall to pursue an M.A. in Secondary English Education.

Edwin L. Stockton, Jr., Graduate Scholarship
($4,000 each)

Jennifer Doyle-Corn Jennifer Doyle-Corn
Florida State University (S)
Rho Epsilon Chapter

Jennifer Doyle-Corn is a doctoral candidate in the literature program at Florida State University, where she focuses on post-1900 Irish literature and culture studies with an emphasis in contemporary Irish theatre. She is the 2011-13 graduate student representative to the American Conference for Irish Studies and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Rho Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Jennifer received a B.A. and M.A. in English from Western Carolina University.
Gretchen Frank Gretchen Frank
Illinois State University (MW)
Lambda Delta Chapter

Gretchen Frank, a Ph.D. candidate in English Studies at Illinois State University (ISU), is writing her dissertation on the British Victorian family. She earned her M.A. from ISU and her B.A. from Bradley University, both in English. She joined the Beta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta as an undergraduate and now works with the Lambda Delta Chapter in her role as co‑founder and organizer of the English Studies At Large Conference for undergraduate research.

Runner-up ($2,000)

Gwendolyn Edward Gwendolyn Edward
University of North Texas (SW)
Tau Delta Chapter

Gwendolyn Edward is an M.A. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas (UNT), where she also studies Anglo-Saxon literature. She served as Treasurer of her Sigma Tau Delta chapter during the 2012-2013 academic year, and works closely with the American Literary Review and North Texas Review, UNT literary journals.

William C. Johnson Distinguished Scholarship ($5,000)

Catherine Bailey Catherine Bailey
Western Michigan University (MW)
Alpha Nu Pi Chapter

Catherine E. Bailey is pursuing her Ph.D. in English at Western Michigan University. She has an M.A. in English and a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Rochester. Catherine loves to teach and after graduation hopes to continue her career as an educator.

Runner-up ($3,000)

Rachel Jones Rachel Jones
Notre Dame of Maryland University (E)
Alpha Alpha Chapter

Rachel Ann Jones recently earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing from Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU), and plans to attend graduate school to study poetry. Rachel served as President of her school's Sigma Tau Delta chapter and was a member of Notre Dame's Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams.

Sigma Tau Delta Study Abroad Scholarship
($3,000)

First Round

Donald Brown Donald Brown
Mississippi State University (S)
Xi Kappa Chapter

Donald Brown, a senior at Mississippi State University, is double majoring in English and Philosophy. He plans to go to graduate school to get his Ph.D. in English, most likely specializing in African-American Literature. Last summer he pursued African-American Studies at the University of Iowa and this summer he will study abroad at the University of Oxford.

Second Round

Russell Willoughby Russell Willoughby
University of Alabama (S)
Phi Xi Chapter

Russell Willoughby is a junior at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she is pursuing a B.A. in English with a minor in French. She is dedicated to fostering literacy and creative arts endeavors on campus and in the community and hopes to further these efforts upon graduating. Russell will spend the next year studying abroad in Paris, France, at the Cours de Civilisation Francaise de la Sorbonne.

Regent Scholarships ($1,000 each)

Eastern

Sarah Green Sarah Green
Southern Connecticut State University
Omicron Chi Chapter

Sarah Green is enrolled in the B.S. English degree program (with teaching certification) at Southern Connecticut State University. She is actively involved on campus as a Peer Mentor, orientation staff member, Student Government Association representative, and President of the Omicron Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Sarah aspires to be a secondary school English teacher and plans to continue her education, next pursuing an M.A. in English.

Far Western

Maryellen Diotte Maryellen Diotte
California State University - Fullerton
Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter

Maryellen Diotte graduated from California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her B.A. in English and worked on a senior honors thesis investigating the origins of American literature through early American literature anthologies. She plans to pursue her M.A. in English Literature at the University of Kansas, focusing on racial and national identity and transnationalism in nineteenth-century American literature. After earning her M.A., she intends to pursue her Ph.D. and ultimately to become a college professor.

Midwestern

Kara Salmon Kara Salmon
Bradley University
Beta Lambda Chapter

Kara Salmon is a recent graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL, with a B.S. in English Secondary Education. In addition to being a member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Kara trains service dogs for a local organization. This fall she will begin student teaching in the Peoria area.

Southern

Casey Milliken Casey Milliken
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter

Casey Jordan Milliken is a senior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington pursuing a B.A. in English (Literary Studies), a B.A. in Communication Studies (Performance Studies), and minors in Creative Writing and Journalism. He plans to continue his education in graduate school for both Literature and Performance, further making connections between written and oral storytelling. His academic interests include narrative journalism, applied theatre, performance ethnography, and Welsh culture.

Southwestern

Bethany Jackson Bethany Jackson
Oklahoma Baptist University
Chi Delta Chapter

Bethany Jackson, a senior from Fort Worth, TX, is pursuing a B.A. in English and minors in Music and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. After graduation in May 2014, she plans to begin her graduate studies in literature and ultimately to pursue a teaching career in higher education, instilling in her students a passion for language and literature that crosses cultural barriers.

P. C. Somerville Teaching Awards ($2,000 each)

Katelyn Bruffy Katelyn Bruffy
The College of New Jersey (E)
Alpha Epsilon Alpha Chapter

Katelyn Bruffy graduated summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Elementary Education and English. She served as Treasurer for the Alpha Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta during her junior year, and is looking forward to beginning her career as an elementary school teacher this fall.
Brian Hartt Brian Hartt
The College of New Jersey (E)
Alpha Epsilon Alpha Chapter

Brian Hartt, a recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, majored in English and Secondary Education. He served as Co-President of his chapter and Sigma Tau Delta's Eastern Associate Student Representative for the 2012-2013 academic year, and looks forward to working as a high school English teacher.

Part-Time Undergraduate Scholarship ($2,500)

Areej Dwikat Areej Dwikat
Tennessee State University (S)
Alpha Alpha Eta Chapter

Areej Dwikat is a senior at Tennessee State University seeking a B.S. in English with minors in Spanish and Psychology. She hopes to teach in a high school setting and also intends to pursue her master's degree.

Summer Program Scholarship ($1,000)

Amadi Ozier Amadi Ozier
University of West Georgia (S)
Pi Omicron Chapter

Amadi Ozier is a recent college graduate with a B.A. in English from the University of West Georgia. While at school, she received several departmental and university-wide awards for both her critical and creative work, and presented her research at several national and regional conferences throughout the country. Her critical essays often concerned spectacle, poststructuralism (especially in relationship to race and gender), and female spaces in literature. She looks forward to continuing her literary obsessions while traveling abroad this fall.