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Top 73 English Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Maria Geiger

Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Updated: April 2nd, 2024

Looking for scholarships for English majors? We’ve got you covered. Whether you are hoping to pursue a career in journalism, law, writing, publishing, or technology, an English major can prove invaluable.

This list of vetted scholarships for English majors includes opportunities for those in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Let’s get into it!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

“Pen to Paper” Scholarship for Storytellers

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Scholarships360

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Do you fancy yourself a wordsmith? If you value creative writing as a form of communication, we encourage you to apply for the Pen to…Show More

Do you fancy yourself a wordsmith? If you value creative writing as a form of communication, we encourage you to apply for the Pen to…Show More

Do you fancy yourself a wordsmith? If you value creative writing as a form of communication, we encourage you to apply for the Pen to Paper Scholarship for Storytellers! This scholarship is open to high school juniors and seniors (graduating class of 2024 or 2025), undergraduate, and graduate students who enjoy crafting stories and expressing ideas through the arrangement of words on paper. Whether you’re interested in poetry, short stories, novels, or screenplays, we want to hear from you. To apply for this scholarship, students must submit a 250-word piece of original creative writing. See the “Application Information” section below for details regarding essay prompts. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. Happy writing!Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

RonranGlee Literary Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
5 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 22, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Are you a current or incoming undergraduate with a love for literature, and for close reading in particular? Close reading is defined as "being able…Show More

Are you a current or incoming undergraduate with a love for literature, and for close reading in particular? Close reading is defined as "being able…Show More

Are you a current or incoming undergraduate with a love for literature, and for close reading in particular? Close reading is defined as "being able to interpret the underlying meanings of texts" by looking/analyzing beyond the surface. If so, consider applying for the RonranGlee Literary Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,000 each to five college-bound high school seniors and/or current undergraduates who "make the most of their time through close reading." To apply, interested students must "share a paragraph with [the scholarship committee] and write a short essay sharing [their] understanding of the underlying meaning." If you're currently or soon to be enrolled in an undergraduate program, and believe in the importance of close reading, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

5 awards worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 22, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Apply

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Ocean Awareness Art Contest

Offered by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
Deadline Jun 10, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Are you an 11 - 18 year old who has a passion for saving the environment and/or the ocean? Additionally, would you like to make…Show More

Are you an 11 - 18 year old who has a passion for saving the environment and/or the ocean? Additionally, would you like to make…Show More

Are you an 11 - 18 year old who has a passion for saving the environment and/or the ocean? Additionally, would you like to make a statement about the impact of climate change through writing, artwork, or even dance? You might consider applying for the Ocean Awareness Art Contest! Dedicated to encouraging the next generation to get involved in ocean conservation (and environmentalism as a whole), the contest asks its applicants to create a piece of artwork that reflects an impact/aspect of the current environmental crisis and its effect on the ocean. Each year has a specific theme to focus on, with this year being climate change. If you would like to make a statement about climate change’s impact on the ocean through art, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,500
Deadline Jun 10, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
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Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged)

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
Deadline Jun 14, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may…Show More

Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may…Show More

Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write an 800 - 1,600 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Nine prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $25,000! If you’re familiar with Atlas Shrugged, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
Deadline Jun 14, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Sigma Tau Delta Junior Scholarship

Offered by Sigma Tau Delta

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Junior

Offered by Sigma Tau Delta

Are you a college junior studying English or literature? If so, consider applying for the Sigma Tau Delta Junior Scholarship! The scholarship is open to…Show More

Are you a college junior studying English or literature? If so, consider applying for the Sigma Tau Delta Junior Scholarship! The scholarship is open to…Show More

Are you a college junior studying English or literature? If so, consider applying for the Sigma Tau Delta Junior Scholarship! The scholarship is open to undergraduate students in their junior year pursuing a degree in English or a related discipline. The scholarship was created in honor of E. Nelson James, long-time Executive Secretary for the Society, to recognize future writers. Recipients of the scholarship receive up to $3,000 to use toward their education expenses. If you are a college junior passionate about the written word and would like some help with tuition and other costs, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Junior
Get Started

Voya Unsung Heroes Awards

Offered by Voya Financial

50 awards worth $2,000 - $27,000
Deadline Apr 19, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Voya Financial

Are you an educator looking for funding for a class project? If so, consider applying for the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards! The program is open…Show More

Are you an educator looking for funding for a class project? If so, consider applying for the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards! The program is open…Show More

Are you an educator looking for funding for a class project? If so, consider applying for the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards! The program is open to full-time educators wanting to create a project that will improve student learning in the U.S. The program is offered by Voya Financial, an investment company that offers products, solutions, and technologies to support and protect Americans' finances. Each year, they select 50 educators to receive between $2,000 and $27,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. If you are a teacher looking for an opportunity to fund your class project, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

50 awards worth $2,000 - $27,000
Deadline Apr 19, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship

Offered by Greater than Gatsby

2 awards worth $1,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Greater than Gatsby

Are you a visual artist and content creator? If so, you might consider applying for the Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship…Show More

Are you a visual artist and content creator? If so, you might consider applying for the Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship…Show More

Are you a visual artist and content creator? If so, you might consider applying for the Greater than Gatsby Annual Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to two (2) incoming and current post-secondary students who submit a selection of photos and a short essay describing their interest in/relationship to photography and its effect on their career choices. The scholarship is funded by Greater than Gatsby, one of the leading creators worldwide of professional Lightroom presets and Photoshop actions for photographers. If you’re passionate about visual arts, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

2 awards worth $1,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Anthem)

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Are you an 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader with a passion for writing and politics? Consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel…Show More

Are you an 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader with a passion for writing and politics? Consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel…Show More

Are you an 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader with a passion for writing and politics? Consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Anthem)! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write a 600 - 1,200 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand. Three prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $2,000! If you’re familiar with Anthem, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Grant

Offered by Massachusetts Historical Society

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Massachusetts Historical Society

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 31 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in the current application cycle.…Show More

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 31 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in the current application cycle.…Show More

The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a collaboration of 31 major cultural agencies, will offer at least two dozen awards in the current application cycle. Each grant will provide a stipend of $5,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of research at participating institutions. Awards are open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who hold the necessary U.S. government documents. Grants are designed to encourage projects that draw on the resources of several agencies. NERFC grants support work in a broad array of fields, including but not limited to: history, literature, art history, African American studies, American studies, women's and gender studies, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, environmental studies, oceanography, and the histories of law, medicine, and technology. If you have an interest in conducting research in any of these fields, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Fountainhead)

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
Deadline Jun 7, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Are you a high school student with a passion for literature and politics? You might consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest…Show More

Are you a high school student with a passion for literature and politics? You might consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest…Show More

Are you a high school student with a passion for literature and politics? You might consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Fountainhead)! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write an 800 - 1,600 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of The Fountainhead. Nine prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $25,000! If you’ve read The Fountainhead, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $25,000
Deadline Jun 7, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Get Started

$2,000 No Essay CollegeVine Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeVine

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeVine

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

Willa Cather Foundation Scholarship for Student Research

Offered by Willa Cather Center

3 awards worth $400
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

Offered by Willa Cather Center

Are you a college or graduate student who will be presenting on Willa Cather's work at a major conference? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

Are you a college or graduate student who will be presenting on Willa Cather's work at a major conference? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

Are you a college or graduate student who will be presenting on Willa Cather's work at a major conference? If so, consider applying for the Willa Cather Foundation Scholarship for Student Research! The scholarship is open to upper-level college and graduate students who complete original research on or related to work from the American author Willa Cather. The scholarship is offered by the Willa Cather Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 1955 to "promote and encourage increased understanding and appreciation" of Willa Cather's works. On a rolling basis, the scholarship awards $400 to chosen student researchers. If you are fascinated by the life and writing of Willa Cather and interested in presenting research on it, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

3 awards worth $400
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
Get Started

Journalist of the Year Scholarships

Offered by Journalism Education Association

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Varies
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Journalism Education Association

Are you a high school senior passionate about journalism? If so, consider applying for the Journalist of the Year Scholarships! The scholarships are open to…Show More

Are you a high school senior passionate about journalism? If so, consider applying for the Journalist of the Year Scholarships! The scholarships are open to…Show More

Are you a high school senior passionate about journalism? If so, consider applying for the Journalist of the Year Scholarships! The scholarships are open to high school seniors who participate in their states’ Journalist of The Year competitions. In order to apply, students must submit a digital portfolio of their journalist work to their state official by their state's submission deadline. Winning portfolios from each state will then be sent to the national level, with winners announced at the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention. The scholarship is offered by the Journalism Education Association, a US-based national organization for journalism teachers and advisors that supports free and responsible journalism by providing resources, educational opportunities, and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement.  Each year, the first-place winner receives $3,000, and the four runners-up receive $1,000 each. If you’re a high school senior passionate about journalism and are looking for some help to pay off your undergraduate degree, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $3,000
Deadline Varies
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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How to win scholarships for English majors

As an English major, you know that different occasions call for different writing styles. Academic papers, works of fiction, and newspaper articles all use different tones and dictions to achieve their goals. This is also true of scholarship essays! We can help you tailor your writing to stand out among other scholarship essays with a few guides we’ve put together.

These guides include how to start a scholarship essay, how to write a winning scholarship essay, and how to respond to a “Why do you deserve this scholarship?” prompt. We can also help you through writing a 250 word and a 500 word essay. Finally, don’t miss our guide on how to write an essay about yourself.

Don’t forget self-reflection!

Remember before even sitting down to write your essay, your first step should be to do some self-reflection. Without concerning yourself with formatting, elegance, or succinctness, write down some general ideas about what the study of English means to you. Jot down some past experiences, what they demonstrate about your potential and character, and some goals for the future. Fit your studies into this trajectory and conceptualize your education as a means toward an end.

Once you’ve done this, you’re already halfway there! Now, your ideas are solidified, and all that remains is to package them into a powerful, succinct essay. You can focus on that task rather than trying to perfect your writing at the same time as you come up with your ideas.

Also see: Top writing summer programs for high school students

Resources for English majors

English majors enjoy the privilege of a wide variety of career options upon graduation. One of the best ways to find out which field is for you is by investigating different professional organizations. We’ve compiled a list of a few professional organizations here for jobs commonly held by English majors:

Additional scholarship opportunities

While you are searching for scholarships for English majors, also check out essay and writing scholarships as well. We have lists of scholarships for high school seniors, easy scholarships to apply for, scholarships for journalism majors, scholarships for women, and scholarships for Black students.

Frequently asked questions about scholarships for English majors

Do any colleges offer scholarships for creative writing?

Yes! For example, Ursinus College in Pennsylvania offers the Ursinus College Creative Writing Award worth $40,000 per year. Do your research for many more scholarship opportunities for creative writers! 

Are English majors worth it?

The answer depends on the cost of your degree. If you are mindful of attending a college or university within your financial means (maybe even starting out at community college) and taking out minimal loans, yes. English majors usually start out with lower salaries than STEM majors, but eventually catch up. Applying for scholarships is one way to offset the cost of your degree, so you are in the right place!

Since you are either planning to or already majoring in English, we assume you enjoy writing. Our list of scholarships for writers should come in handy.

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