Award recipients are required to major in English. They will also participate in community outreach projects and campus literary events.

What to Submit

  • a one-page letter explaining why you are interested in the program and what skills or interest you would offer Bucknell's community
  • a writing sample of literary criticism that explores one or more texts from the genres of poetry, prose, or drama (1,500-2,000 words, double-spaced, 12 pt font)
  • a teacher recommendation that discusses your literary and creative abilities

Send materials by Nov. 15 (Early Decision I candidates) or Jan. 15 (Regular Decision and Early Decision II candidates); using SlideRoom.

What to Expect at the On-Campus Competition

  • individual conversations with faculty from the Department of English.
  • lunch with current merit scholars and tours of the department, including the Stadler Center for Poetry, Willard Smith Library, and the film production lab.
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