Awards and Scholarships

THE GEORGE P. HAYES FELLOWSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDY AWARD was established in honor of George P. Hayes, professor emeritus and former chair of the English department. The fellowship provides “assistance to a graduating senior or recent graduate who is beginning a program leading to an MA or PhD in English.” 

2014 Sy Myat Thu, Chesya Burke
2013 Lauren Elizabeth Albin, Mary Elizabeth Albin
2012 Elizabeth Gustoson-Berkstresser
2011 Jennifer Bartell, Neil Simpkins
2010 Krystal McKenzie
2009 Margaret Greaves
2008 Alison Hennessee
2007 Kristin Hall
2006 Mollie Barnes


THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE is given with the cosponsorship of the Academy of American Poets. The recognition received is national. 

2014 Gabe Hall, Sophia Kumin, Keely Lewis
2013 Bethany Paige Sullivan
2012 Bhumi Patel
2011 Bhumi Patel, Samantha Tanner
2010 Elaine Koutroulias
2009 Isabel Harding, Leticia Santos
2008 Emily Lake Hansen
2007 Kimberly Wallace
2006 Kimberly Wallace
2005 Kimberly Wallace; honorable mention, Cailin Copan-Kelly
2004 Twan Farmer; honorable mention, Cailin Copan-Kelly
2003 Twan Farmer; honorable mention, Amber Prentis
2002 Whitney Mutch; honorable mention, Yaisha Harding
2001 Tramaine Hugie


THE BETTY W. STOFFEL ‘44 AWARD FOR POETRY AND CREATIVE WRITING was established in her memory by her husband, Lee Stoffel. This recognizes a student whom the English faculty deem “outstanding” in poetry or creative writing. 

2014 Katherine Rose Criscuolo
2013 Sanidia Oliver
2012 Megan Mabry
2011 Chani Zwibel
2010 Michele Hunter
2009 Justine Schwartz
2008 Hika Anani, Kimberly Crews
2007 Elizabeth Ott
2006 Shiloh Booker
2005 Jennifer Bartell
2004 Megan Morris
2003 Alexandra Pajak
2002 Tiffanni Lee-Fong
2001 Melanie Knowles


THE JANEF NEWMAN PRESTON PRIZE FOR FICTION is presented in memory of Professor Janef Newman Preston, who was for many years a valued member of the English department. The award recognizes the best original short story submitted by a student; the recipient is selected by the department.

2014 Courtney Taylor, Jessica Crisler, Thanh-Thao Tran-Phan, Phoebe Perry
2013 Caitlin White
2012 Merrill Montgomery
2011 Brittani Banks, Kayla Miller
2010 Megan Lank
2009 Vanessa Arcio, Jessica Probus
2008 Yeshey Pelson
2007 Laura McKelvey
2006 Alison Hennessee
2005 Kelli Harris
2004 Simone Irwin
2003 Tonysha Johnson, Joy Todaro
2002 Tonysha Johnson
2001 Sarah Worden


THE ROBERT FROST PRIZE IN CREATIVE WRITINGwas established by the Class of ‘63 and consists of a cash prize to be awarded to the student who shows the most promise in the field of creative writing, as judged by members of the English department. 

2014 Gabe Hall, Cheryl Wollner
2013 Anna Isabelle Deang, Keely Rebecca Lewis
2012 Marian Kaufman
2011 Martha Holloway, Samantha Tanner
2010 Elaine Koutroulias
2009 Shawna Floyd
2008 Stacey Mantooth
2007 Sarah Scoles
2006 Mahnaz Nazir
2005 Camille Lindsey; honorable mention, Mahnaz Nazir
2004 Twan Farmer
2003 Eleanor Paynter
2002 Laynea Allen
2001 Caroline Murnane


THE MARY TAYLOR LIPSCOMB GARRITY AWARD was established by Henry Garrity in loving memory of his wife, Mary Taylor Lipscomb Garrity, a member of the class of 1961. This award is given to a rising junior or senior who demonstrates excellence in the study of literature, literary interpretation, or English. 

2014 Shalima Wellington
2013 Sofia Jazmin Barrera
2012 Anna Cabe
2011 Caitlin White
2010 Jhavia Etheridge
2009 Safia Uddin, Neil Simpkins
2008 Camiley Constantine, Sagan Lain
2006 Jasmine E. Jackson


THE LOUISE MCKINNEY LITERARY AWARD for the best student essay on literature was established as a memorial to Professor Louise McKinney, who taught for many years in the English department. The goal of the competition is the public recognition of literary study, of the art and craft of writing about literature, and of the qualities and habits of mind that make a good student of literature.

2014 Cory Barrows, Sofia Barrera
2013 Kathryn Elizabeth Dean
2012 Elizabeth Gustoson-Berkstresser
2011 Jenny Jacobs
2010 Neil Simpkins
2009 Savannah Sharp
2008 Kristal McKenzie
2007 Jina Kim
2006 Cailin-Copan-Kelly
2005 Mollie Barnes, Rebecca Weber
2004 Kristin Kallaher, Andrea Comiskey
2003 Eleanor Paynter
2002 Melissa Gallegos


THE ELEANOR NEWMAN HUTCHENS FIRST-YEAR ESSAY AWARD honors a distinguished alumna of the college, Eleanor Newman Hutchens ‘40, who was also a member of the English department for many years. It is given to an outstanding essay written for any course at Agnes Scott during the current academic year by a student with first-year standing. The award recognizes the importance of writing in all disciplines and celebrates the achievement of a first-year student who writes with distinction and promise. 

2007 Julia St. Goar
2005 Jasmine E. Jackson
2004 Kristin Hall
2003 Jennifer Pennington
2002 Megan Morris; second prize Shailee Pradhan
2001 April Hathcock