It pays to be an English Major! The English Department is proud to honor its students each year with a number of awards and scholarships. The scholarships are funded by donations from faculty, former students, and the community. If you excel in your English classes, we encourage you to apply!


To be a candidate for English Department honors, awards, and scholarships, you must:

  • be currently enrolled at PCC
  • have a 2.0 overall GPA
  • have earned two or more A's in transfer level English classes (exclusive of English 1A and English 1B) in the previous academic year

Each individual scholarships and awards may have different and/or additional criteria. Please review criteria for each scholarship before applying.

In the spring of each academic year, you can submit scholarship applications via Academic Works: pasadena.academicworks.com. All materials, including recommendation letters, are submitted online.

Awards are presented to recipients in late April at the English Department Awards Tea.

Below is a list of the available scholarships we award each year. To find out more about a specific award and/or to apply, please visit the PCC Scholarship website

Honors Extraordinary
This award is usually awarded to one student each year.The recipient must have a 4.0 in a minimum of 16 transfer units beyond English 1A.

Honors for Superior Achievement

Recipients must have a 3.75 in a minimum of 13 transfer units beyond 1A.

The Robert Browning Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes a student who has a good general scholarship record with a penchant for English Literature, some need of financial assistance, and excellent school citizenship.

Huang Future Teachers Scholarship

Students must major in English with plans to teach English and be enrolled in at least 12 units at PCC, have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better, and have completed 15 units at PCC. (Winning applicants may apply more than once if they are still enrolled at PCC.)

Mary Alice Fox Award

Students must show exceptional work in English with an emphasis in writing and should have completed one semester at PCC, be currently enrolled in at least 6 units, have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, and demonstrate financial need.

Composition Achievement Award

This is for students who have successfully completed the English composition sequence (400-100) with grades of B or better, and with an A or B in English 1A.

Richard Scott Handley Memorial Award

This award is given to the student who has submitted the most distinguished creative writing to Inscape, PCC's student literary magazine. The Richard Scott Handley Memorial Award was established to honor the memory of Richard Scott Handley, who completed his junior college work at Pasadena City College in June 1974.

The John Q. Copeland Memorial Award

This award is for an outstanding student of literature. Transfer status is desirable.

The Jane S. Long Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is usually awarded to a returning student and recognizes students who are graduating and have a satisfactory overall record in scholarship and citizenship.

Scholarship in Honor of Retired Faculty

This scholarship is designed for English Majors who are returning students (out of high school at least ten years) and continuing studies at PCC with a 3.5 overall GPA, 30 units with A grades in English 1A and 1B.

Ray P. Davis

Students must have completed a minimum of 12 units at PCC, have a 2.75 GPA or higher, be graduating or transferring from or continuing at PCC, and be currently enrolled in a minimum of 9 units. Priority is given to students from underrepresented populations.

The Susan Isabel Frazee Award

This award recognizes an outstanding student of literature, creative writing, or the teaching of literature. The recipient must transfer or graduate to receive the money. Financial need is taken into consideration, as is a satisfactory overall record in scholarship and citizenship.

Lawrence R. Baker Scholarship

This award honors a returning student who has demonstrated continued excellence in English 400 or English 100 at Pasadena City College.

Consuelo Lena Navarro-Escãrcega Memorial Award
This scholarship honors and financially awards an outstanding student of Latino heritage who is majoring in or who is demonstrating an extraordinary interest in the discipline of literature. The recipient also must be approved for the Associate in Arts degree and/or has been accepted as a transfer student to a four-year college’s English Department during the same year of the award.

Hanvey Scholarship for Excellence in English
Awarded to an English major who will transfer the following fall and has achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher in English courses.