Blackburn College Scholarship Competition

Blackburn College to Hold English and Communications Scholarship Competition
March 24, 2014, Carlinville, IL— On April 29 the Blackburn College Department of English and Communications will host the English & Communications Talent Scholarship Competition. The contest will be held in Woodson Business Center on the Blackburn campus. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in three categories. Categories include creative writing, critical writing, or applied productions. All applications are due by Tuesday, April 22.

Creative writing entries must include a portfolio containing three pieces of original work. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, short stories, poems, memoir excerpts, songs, personal essays, and blogs.
Critical writing entries must include a portfolio of three original pieces of persuasive, analytical and/or argumentative essays.

Applied productions entries must include a portfolio of three original productions, including but not limited to, podcasts, videos, speeches, press releases, newsletters, or website(s).

Entrants must also provide a cover letter identifying the category to which the student is applying, a brief description of the work the student is submitting, a brief discussion of the student’s personal and collegiate aspirations, and a letter of support from a teacher which references the work being submitted and speaks to the student’s particular talents.

The competition day will include campus tours, a meet and greet with Blackburn’s English and Communications faculty, and a complimentary lunch for up to two guests in the Blackburn College Dining Hall.

Contest applications are due on Tuesday, April 22. To download a copy of the entry form, visit
Contest applications are due on Tuesday, April 22. To download a copy of the entry form, visit Contact Naomi Crummey, English and Communications Department Chair, at or 217-854-3231, Ext. 4270.

Founded in 1837, Blackburn College is a four-year, Presbyterian-related, co-educational liberal arts college located in Carlinville, Illinois. One of the seven work colleges in the U.S., Blackburn is the only one with a student managed Work Program. Blackburn was ranked by US News as the 2012 #2 Best Value College in the Midwest; and placed #65 in The Washington Monthly’s ranking of Baccalaureate Colleges. The school remains the most affordable, residential liberal arts college in the state.