Writing Major Scholarship

The Writing Major Scholarship is funded from contributions by Writing Department faculty and staff. The scholarship is intended to support talented upper-level Writing majors who demonstrate both writing excellence and financial need.


  • Candidates and/or recipients, as applicable, for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:
  • Be entering their senior year (have completed at least 85 credits).
  • Be enrolled with full-time status as a degree-seeking student.
  • Have declared a major in Writing
  • Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (4.0 system) and a 3.5 GPA in Writing major courses.
  • Demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be on file in GVSU’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit a portfolio that includes a cover letter and writing samples (maximum 25 pages).

The following criteria will be used to judge the portfolios:

  • Quality of reflective cover letter
  • Strength of writing samples
  • GPA
  • Financial need

[Note: Candidates must be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment or be attending the University to be eligible to receive this scholarship.]

Renewal Criteria: Non-renewable

Faculty and Staff of Writing Department
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Writing
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please list your major GPA.
  2. Please submit a portfolio of your writing. The portfolio should include no more than 25 pages that demonstrate a breadth of writing genres. All genres are welcome—e.g., fiction, nonfiction, drama, poems, brochures, analytical essays, web pages, business documents, etc. Excerpts of writing samples are acceptable. Please include a one- to two-page reflective cover letter that introduces and contextualizes the pieces in the portfolio for the committee. This letter should also discuss your strengths as a writer. The pieces in the portfolio should demonstrate the argument made in the cover letter.