A UAB flag flying next to a flowering tree. The Department of English offers four scholarships for undergraduate majors in English, as well as two prizes for excellence in creative writing:


The Howton Scholarship is decided by faculty nomination. Students are required to apply for the other awards. You can apply for these scholarships through the UAB BSMART system.

The Grace Lindsley Waits Scholarship in English

The Grace Lindsley Waits Scholarship was endowed by Dr. William E. Doggett III and other grateful students of Mrs. Waits, a distinguished English teacher at Banks High School for many years. Her love of literature and language is celebrated by this living legacy established in her honor. The scholarship is worth $2,500.

The Walt P. Mayfield Scholarship

The Walt P. Mayfield Scholarship is funded by a gift from Walt Mayfield, who taught English at UAB for many years. The Department of English established this scholarship to honor Mr. Mayfield's activities as a positive and encouraging teacher and a respected adjunct instructor and colleague. There are two scholarships worth $2,500 each.

To apply you must be a currently enrolled English major in the sophomore year and have a GPA of 3.0 or above for all classes taken at UAB.

The Phillips Scholarship in English

The Phillips Scholarship in English was created by the friends and alumni of Phillips High School, the premier high school in the greater Birmingham metropolitan area for decades. The Phillips faculty, especially Principal Sellers Stough, are gratefully remembered by the students to whom they dedicated their lives. The scholarship is worth $1,500.

You must be:
  • an undergraduate English major
  • a current junior with expectations of being a senior in the year the scholarship is received
  • a student with a GPA of 3.0 or above for all courses taken at UAB
Preference will be given to students who have received a “B” or better in EH 301. Award is made for the next academic year and half is paid each semester. For questions about either the Lindsley Waits or the Phillips Scholarship, contact Danny Siegel.

The English Recruiting Endowed Scholarship

The English Recruiting endowed Scholarship was endowed by the English Advisory Committee to recruit and support deserving students in the Department of English. The scholarship is worth $2,000.

You must be:
  • an undergraduate English major
  • either currently enrolled in EH 301, or enrolled in EH 301 during the previous Summer or Fall semesters
  • a student with a GPA of 3.0 or above for all courses taken at UAB
For questions about the English Recruiting Endowed Scholarship, contact Danny Siegel.

Gloria Goldstein Howton Creative Writing Award

Gifts from friends and former colleagues of Gloria Goldstein Howton have been used to create an endowed scholarship in her honor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Income from the Gloria Goldstein Howton Endowment Fund is used to award an annual scholarship to a student enrolled in creative writing at UAB. The scholarship recipient is selected by members of the creative writing faculty on the basis of merit, character, and promise. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is necessary for consideration. The scholarship is a one-year award worth $1,000, renewable at the discretion of the scholarship committee. For more information contact Kerry Madden, Director of Creative Writing, Humanities Building 213, (205) 934-2641.

The Barksdale-Maynard and Tom Brown Prizes in Creative Writing

The Barksdale-Maynard Prizes in Fiction and Poetry are made possible by a gift from Isabel Barksdale-Maynard in honor of her family. The Tom Brown Prize for Creative Nonfiction is named in honor of Dr. Thomas H. Brown, chair of the English Department from 1984-1992. Prizes of $200 each are awarded annually for the best work of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and the best poem or group of poems.

You must be a currently enrolled UAB student in good standing with the University. For questions, contact Kerry Madden-Lunsford, Director of Creative Writing, Humanities Building 205, (205) 934-8573.


Other UAB Scholarships

The university and UAB's College of Arts and Sciences offer many other scholarships to incoming and current students. You can explore these options and apply through the UAB BSMART system.