Graduate Crouse Scholarships

The Submission Instructions appear at the bottom of this node.

The application deadline for the 2017/2018 scholarships is Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3 p.m.

Description of Crouse Scholarships for Graduate Students

There are two large awards for a Promising Scholar and an Emerging Scholar, and two smaller awards in academic publishing. See detailed descriptions below.

Promising Scholar

Professional Writing and the Department of English offer a $5,000 scholarship for a first-year PhD-level graduate student planning on a secondary PhD area in "Rhetoric, Technology, and Digital Writing," "Technical and Professional Writing," or a closely related area. PhD-level students may apply for this scholarship during their first year in the program. This scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they begin their coursework in areas related to Professional Writing, including publishing and technical writing. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and portfolio of work. Recipients of this scholarship will be encouraged to develop a project during the award period for presentation at a local or national conference or submission to a journal.

To apply for this scholarship, submit one copy of the following materials:

  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your interests in a PhD secondary area related to Professional Writing
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a resume or vita
  • a portfolio containing one or two samples of your work

See the submission instructions below for further details.

Emergent Scholar

Professional Writing and the Department of English offer a $5,000 scholarship for an advanced PhD student who has specialized with a secondary PhD area in "Rhetoric, Technology, and Digital Writing," "Technical and Professional Writing," or a closely related area. Preference will be given to students who have successfully defended their prospectus by the application submission deadline. The scholarship recognizes both promise and achievement. Funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, the scholarship is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they complete their coursework in areas related to Professional Writing, including publishing and technical writing, and begin work on their dissertation. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and portfolio of work. Recipients of this scholarship will be encouraged to develop a project during the award period for presentation at a local or national conference or submission to a journal.

To apply for this scholarship, submit one copy of the following materials:

  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your interests in a PhD secondary area related to Professional Writing
  • an unofficial transcript

  • a resume or vita
  • a portfolio containing one or two samples of your work/

See the submission instructions below for further details. Recipients of major year-long fellowships (such as the Bisland or PRF Year-long) are not eligible to receive this award, and the award will be made available to other applicants.

Internship Scholarship in Academic Publishing

The Professional Writing Program offers one scholarship award of at least $2,000 to provide a a graduate student the opportunity to gain experience in support of academic publishing, either working on production of an academic journal, book series, and/or to provide support for digital and social media for a scholarly and/or academic organization. Specific responsibilities will be discussed at the time of award and students should address relevant details and appropriate experience in academic publishing in their letter of application. Students with demonstrated interest in Professional Writing are eligible for the award. This scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they gain experience in current activities common in academic publishing. Students may also be awarded course credit (e.g., ENGL 589, 590, or equivalent) depending on the number of hours worked. Applications are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue. Applicants for the award are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and potential, an application letter, a resume, and a portfolio of work.

To apply for the award, submit one copy of the following materials:

  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your career goals
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a resume
  • a portfolio containing two samples of writing, editorial work, or other work indicating achievement as a professional writer

See the submission instructions below for further details.

New! Digital Materials Editor

The Professional Writing Program offers one scholarship awards of at least $2,000 to provide a a graduate student who intends to complete a secondary area of study in professional writing the opportunity to develop and maintain digital content in support of the professional writing program. Specific duties will be discussed at the time of award and students should address experiences relevant to digital publishing in their letter of application. Graduate students who have successfully completed at least one year of coursework and intend to complete a secondary area in professional writing or a similar secondary area are eligible for the award. This scholarship, funded by a generous endowment from William H. and Ruth E. Crouse, is designed to support students of exceptional ability and promise as they gain experience maintaining websites, social media, and other digital materials. Students may also be awarded course credit (e.g., ENGL 589, 590, or equivalent) depending on the number of hours worked. Applications are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue. Applicants for the award are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement and potential, an application letter, a resume, and a portfolio of work.

To apply for the award, submit one copy of the following materials:

  • an application letter that specifies which scholarship you have applied for and that discusses your career goals
  • an unofficial transcript
  • a resume
  • a portfolio containing two samples of digital work indicating achievement as a professional writer

See the submission instructions below for further details.

Submission Instructions

Students may apply for multiple awards, but are asked to create individual applications and letters for each award. Preference will be given to those who have not received previous Crouse awards. For each scholarship applied, please submit your application as a single PDF document to the director of professional writing, Michael Salvo, at salvo@purdue.edu with the subject line: Crouse Graduate 2017: Award Title, where you fill in the name of the award. Paper applications are not accepted.

Awards are made in April for disbursement during the following academic year. The awards are distributed through the Financial Aid Office at Purdue University and can be used for any academic expenses.

Application Deadline: March 9, 2017.
General Note about Application Deadlines: Announced in February, applications are due in March of each year (the deadline now falls in early March). Supplementary scholarship application deadlines are announced when appropriate or available.

Past Scholarship Winners

  • In 2016, awardees were Mary McCall (Emergent Scholar) and Trinity Overmyer (Promising Scholar).
  • In 2015, awardees were Kyle Vealey (Emergent Scholar) and Michelle McMullin (Promising Scholar).
  • In 2014, awardees were Don Unger and Cody Reimer (Emergent Scholar), Jeffrey Gerding (Promising Scholar), Christine Jach (Internship in Academic Publishing), Carrie Grant (Internship in Academic Publishing), and Trinity Overmyer (Internship in Academic Publishing).
  • In 2013, awardees were Alex Layne (Emergent Scholar), Mary McCall (Promising Scholar), Christine Jach (Internship in Academic Publishing), Carrie Grant (Internship in Academic Publishing), and Patrick Love (Professional Writing/Writing Lab Liaison), Amelia Chesley, Charlotte Hyde, John Sherrill (Summer Study Abroad Scholarship).
  • In 2012, awardees were Adam Pope (Emergent Scholar), Emily Legg (Promising Scholar), and Charlotte Hyde (Promising Scholar).