The English Division is proud to honor students who excel in English coursework. With a variety of scholarships and awards for PCC students who either study or major in English, the English Division is committed to supporting and recognizing student achievement. Scholarships and awards are funded by donations from faculty, former students, and the community. If you excel in your English classes, we encourage you to apply!

Meet our current Scholarship Awardees

To be considered for any of the English Division’s scholarship awards, students should meet the following general criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in coursework at PCC
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 
  • Have earned two or more A’s in transfer-level English classes (not including English 1A or 1B) in the previous academic year.

Individual scholarships and awards may have additional/different criteria. Please carefully review the criteria for each scholarship/award before applying.

For more information about the scholarship application process, please visit the PCC scholarship website.

If you have questions about English Division scholarships or awards, please contact Kristin Kaz (kkaz@pasadena.edu) or Dan Staylor (dstaylor@pasadena.edu).

Available Awards

Below is a list of the scholarships and awards that are available each year. Please carefully read the criteria for each award before you apply.

General Awards and Scholarships

The following awards are available to students from any discipline. Please review the eligibility requirements for each award carefully before applying. 

Mary Alice Fox ($300): Recognizes scholarly achievement. Applicants should demonstrate a record of exceptional work in English with an emphasis in writing, should be currently enrolled in at least 6 units, and should have an overall GPA of at least 2.5. In addition, applicants should have completed at least one semester at PCC and should demonstrate financial need.

The John Q. Copeland Memorial Award ($500): Recognizes scholarly achievement. Applications should demonstrate a record of excellence in literature courses at PCC. Priority is given to students who will transfer from PCC in the fall.

Marion Murphy ($500): Recognizes scholarly achievement. Applicants should demonstrate a record of excellence in English coursework at PCC.

The Susan Isabel Frazee Award ($500): Recognizes scholarly achievement and citizenship. Applicants should demonstrate a record of excellence in literature, creative writing, or the teaching of literature, as well as a record of school citizenship. Applicants must be graduating or transferring from PCC and should demonstrate financial need. 

Ray P. Davis ($500): Recognizes scholarly achievement. Applicants should have completed a minimum of 12 units at PCC, should be currently enrolled in a minimum of 9 units at PCC, and should have an overall GPA of at least 2.75. Students who are graduating or transferring from PCC or who are continuing their coursework in the coming semesters are all eligible for this award. Priority is given to students from underrepresented populations.

The Robert Browning Memorial Scholarship ($500): Recognizes scholarly achievement and citizenship. Applicants should have a good general record of scholarship and school citizenship, and should demonstrate a penchant for English literature. In addition, applicants should demonstrate financial need.

The Jane S. Long Memorial Scholarship ($500): Recognizes scholarly and civic achievement. Applicants should be returning students who are graduating from PCC and who have a satisfactory overall record in both scholarship and citizenship.

Awards and Scholarships for English Majors

The following awards are available to students who are majoring in English. Please review the eligibility requirements for each award carefully before applying.

Scholarship in Honor of Retired English Faculty ($1,000): Recognizes returning students (out of high school for at least ten years) who are continuing their studies as English majors at PCC. Applicants should have an overall GPA of at least 3.5, should have completed at least 30 units, and should have received A grades in English 1A and 1B.

Huang Future Teachers Award ($1,000): Recognizes English majors who plan to pursue teaching English as their future career. Applicants should have an overall GPA of at least 3.2, should be actively enrolled in at least 12 units at PCC at the time of application for this scholarship, and should have completed 15 units at PCC.

Hanvey Scholarship for Excellence in English ($1,000): Recognizes English majors who will be transferring in the following fall semester. Applications should have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their completed English courses.

Additional Awards

Students who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered for the following awards. Applications are not required.

The Richard Scott Handley Memorial Award ($250): Recognizes creative scholarly achievement. This award is given to the student who has submitted the most distinguished creative writing to Inscape, PCC’s literary Magazine.

Honors for Superior Achievement ($25): Recognizes scholarly achievement. This award is given to students who major in English and maintain a GPA of 3.75 or higher in a minimum of 13 transfer units beyond English 1A.

Honors Extraordinary ($50): Recognizes scholarly achievement. This award is given to a student who majors in English and maintains a GPA of 4.0 in a minimum of 16 transfer units beyond English 1A.

Scholarship applications open each spring semester. You can submit your scholarship application via Academic Works. Please submit all materials, including recommendation letters, online.

Awards are presented to recipients in late April.