Scholarships

The Department of English is the recipient of five endowed scholarships:

  • Stephen J. Haselton Memorial Endowment
  • The Estelle Ritchie Scholarship in English
  • The McDonnell-Millard College Composition Awards
  • W. John Bauer Endowed Scholarship in English
  • Walter and Wilda Bauer Endowed Scholarship in English


Stephen J. Haselton Memorial Endowment
For Excellence in Scholarship in the Senior Seminar:  A Student Award

The Stephen J. Haselton Memorial Endowment was established by a $50,000 gift to the Department of English from the Haselton children.

This award, a minimum of $2000 total for either one or two students, is given for exceptional written work in the Senior Seminar, the Department’s capstone course.


Estelle Ritchie Endowed Scholarship in English

The Estelle Ritchie Scholarship in English was established by Professor Emeritus John Bauer, Nancy Boucher, and Janice DeYoung as a tribute to Estelle Ritchie, acclaimed playwright and distinguished professor of English at Kean University.

This scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student majoring in English with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


McDonnell-Millard College Composition Awards

The McDonnell-Millard family established an endowment for the English Department on behalf of Mary Kaye McDonnell-Millard. Mary Kaye was the first in a series of tenure-track hires into our College Composition program. Sadly, shortly after joining our community, Mary Kaye passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.  The endowment was created by her family and friends to honor her passion for the teaching of writing and her dedication and contributions to the College Composition Program at Kean University.

This endowment funds one Faculty and three Student awards:

  • The Teaching Excellence Award: Awarded to Composition Professors for outstanding teaching and service to the program
  • The Distinguished Student Writing Award: First, Second and Third Place Prizes are awarded to students for an outstanding essay written in their First-Year College Composition course  


W. John Bauer Endowed Scholarship in English

Awarded to current sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates with a declared major in English. Students have a minimum 3.0 GPA and proven financial need. This scholarship was created by Dr. W. John Bauer, Professor Emeritus. Dr. Bauer was an important member of Kean’s faculty for many years, and is currently a member of the Kean University Foundation Board and an active volunteer on behalf of Kean University.


Walter and Wilda Bauer Endowed Scholarship in English

Awarded to current sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates with a declared major in English.  Students have a minimum 3.0 GPA and proven financial need.  This scholarship was created by Dr. W. John Bauer, Professor Emeritus, in memory of his parents.


For information on how to apply for these scholarships, visit our Scholarship Application page.

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