Undergraduate Crouse Scholarships in Professional Writing

With the creation of the new minor, see details below for information about a scholarship for Minors in Professional and Technical Writing.
The Submission Instructions appear at the bottom of this node.

Description of Crouse Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

There are two large awards in Writing & Publishing and Technical Writing, and two smaller awards in academic publishing. There are study abroad scholarships available this year as well. See detailed descriptions below.

Writing and Publishing

The Professional Writing Program offers a $5,000 scholarship for a Professional Writing undergraduate major specializing in Writing and Publishing. 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 complete their coursework in the Writing and Publishing track of the major. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue as well as professionals in the field. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and 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 your work in writing and publishing

See the submission instructions below for further details.

Technical Writing

The Professional Writing Program offers a $5,000 scholarship for a Professional Writing undergraduate major specializing in Technical Writing. 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 complete their coursework in the Technical Writing track of the major. Applications for the award are judged by a committee composed of faculty in Professional Writing at Purdue as well as professionals in the field. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, an application letter, a resume, and a writing portfolio.

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 your work in technical writing

See the submission instructions below for further details.

Internship Scholarship in Academic Publishing

The Professional Writing Program offers one scholarship of at least $2,000 to provide a Professional Writing undergraduate major the opportunity to help support academic publishing, either producing an academic journal, to support editing of an academic book series, to develop and maintain digital content for an academic organization, and/or to provide support for digital and social media for a scholarly and/or academic organization. Specific duties will be discussed at the time of award and students should address experiences relevant to academic publishing in their letter of application. Students from both tracks of the Professional Writing major—Writing & Publishing and Technical 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 as well as professionals in the publishing industry. 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.

Study Abroad

In addition, the Professional Writing program is offering up to four (4) Crouse Scholarships in support of study abroad in the amount of $500 to participate in an approved study abroad program administered through Purdue University. Submit a letter of application with the name of the study abroad program and its registration number (e.g., SA#100100) along with an explanation for how the study abroad program supports the students career goals and/or learning objectives. Preference will be given to applications with clearly articulated rationale for its value as a part of the preparation of a professional writing student.

See the submission instructions below for further details.

New! Promising Minor in Professional Writing

Starting in Fall 2017, the English Department will offer a minor in Professional & Technical Writing. Exceptional students planning to declare a minor in Professional & Technical Writing will be eligible for the new Minor in Professional Writing Award. Two $1000- awards will be available. Applicants should address how they plan to advance humanistic goals through their minor, and how they imagine professional writing impacts study in their major.

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.

Past Scholarship Winners

  • In 2015/2016, awardees were Brooke Halteman (Writing & Publishing) and Anita Schafer (Technical Writing).
  • In 2014/2015, awardees were Shelby Oyer (Writing & Publishing), Brooke Halteman (Technical Writing), and Tanner Heffner (PW/Writing Lab Liaison)

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 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.