The Ethel R. Taylor Scholarship is granted to a sophomore or junior English or Secondary Education/English major with interests in a career in teaching or creative writing.
The Thomas Dunn English Scholarship Award is granted to a junior English major on the basis of demonstrated promise and superior record of achievement.
Beth W. Peterson Award is granted to a student of Writing in alternating years by the English department and School of Journalism.
The Outstanding Senior Award is granted to a senior English major on the basis of academic achievement and related accomplishments.
“Payton Prize” — National
Each summer we welcome submissions of short non-fiction essays for the Payton James Freeman Essay Prize, the “Payton Prize.” The finalists are determined by Drake English faculty and the winner is selected from among the finalists by a outside judge. In 2014 Cheryl Strayed selected Tammy Delatorre’s “Out of the Swollen Sea” [http://therumpus.net/2015/02/out-of-the-swollen-sea/] and in 2015 Emily Rapp selected Stephanie Anderson’s “Greyhound.” [this will be published jan 11, I’ll provide a link then] Winning authors receive a cash prize and travel to Drake University to speak with students and read their essays at a public event. Winning essays are published in The Rumpus. Submission information will be made public by June of each year.
“Payton Prize” — Drake Undergrad Only
Each winter current undergraduate students at Drake University are invited to submit short essays for the Drake Undergrad Only version of the Payton Prize. Finalists are determined by Drake English faculty and the winner is selected from among the finalists by an outside judge. In 2014 William Bradley selected Eric Mercurio’s “Inference to the Best Explanation: Muons, Electron Beams, and Circuit Construction.” Winning student authors receive a cash prize and read their essay alongside the national prize winner at the Payton Prize public event. Submission information will be made public by early December of each year.