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Awards & Honors

Department of English


The Hardin Award
Established to honor the late Paul Hardin, emeritus professor of English, this award goes to the outstanding senior English major at Millsaps. The English department faculty will select this student based primarily on overall GPA and GPA in English courses, achievement on the comprehensive exam, and the breadth of the student's coursework. We will also consider the contributions the student has made to various classes and to the life of the English department.

The Clark Essay Prize
This prize is awarded yearly to a senior English major for the best essay written in an English class at Millsaps. The essay must demonstrate imagination, good writing, and fresh critical thinking. Essays written as part of the honors program are ineligible for consideration. Students may submit their essays or faculty members may submit essays on behalf of students by March 31. A committee from the English department will select the outstanding essay. Essays may be from 5 to 20 pages and must be double-spaced.

To submit an essay, type the essay neatly on standard-size white paper. Do not include your name on the essay itself. A cover sheet will be available on the table in the Common Room of the English House. Please fill out the cover sheet, including all of the information required. Attach the cover sheet to the essay and submit it to the Chair of the English department in a manilla envelope marked Clark Essay Prize.

The Robert H. Padgett Award
Established to honor emeritus professor of English Robert H. Padgett, this award is given annually to the student whose work on the comprehensive exam (both oral and written) is the most outstanding among graduating seniors.

The Dora Lynch Hanley Award
Designed to recognize excellent writing, this award is given annually to a freshman, sophomore, or junior student at Millsaps. The recipient will receive a stipend payable upon enrollment at Millsaps for the following fall semester. Interested students should contact the director of the Writing Program, for details.

The Bellamann Award in Creative Writing
This award is given annually to a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior for excellence in creative writing. A committee convened by the Chair of the English Department will select the winning piece from the entries submitted to the Southern Literary Festival each fall. Deadline for submitting entries will be announced each year, usually around the end of January or early February.

Communications Studies Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior for significant achievement in the field of Communications Studies.

Sigma Tau Delta
The purposes of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honorary society, are to honor students for high achievement in English language and literature and to encourage creative and critical writing. Among its activities, the society publishes The Rectangle, a literary magazine, gives prizes for both creative and critical writing, awards scholarships, and holds both regional and national conventions.

To be eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta at Millsaps, a student must be a declared English major or intend to minor in English, have taken at least four courses in English (including English 1000), and have an overall GPA of 3.4 and a GPA of 3.4 in English. See the Chair of the English department for questions about Sigma Tau Delta.