Scholarships and Awards


Outstanding First-Year Graduate Student in LLL:
Selected by LLL graduate faculty in recognition of outstanding performance in their first year of graduate study.

Alva E. Davis Award:
Given in honor of Dr. Alva E. Davis, a 1938 graduate of Indiana State University (then Indiana State Teachers College) and a major contributor to the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada, in gratitude for his generous bequest to our department. The award is given to a graduating Masters student who is pursuing a career in linguistics/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language).

College of Arts and Sciences Foundations Scholarships
The following scholarships especially fit students from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. For details, see the A & S Website click here.


Julie Bevilacqua Cutter Memorial Scholarship:
Awarded to a foreign born, full-time [undergraduate or graduate] student majoring or minoring in language education and who has demonstrated academic excellence. To be considered for this award, please complete an application form found here; applications are due February 1st.

Outstanding Undergraduate Graduating Senior:
Selected by the LLL faculty each year for recognition by the College of Arts and Sciences as the Department's outstanding undergraduate student from among its graduating seniors.

Mary Olga Peters Award:
Established in honor of Mary Olga Peters, who served on the ISU faculty for 34 years and was chairperson of the LLL department for nine years (1954-63).The department-wide award is presented to a student majoring in the department who holds membership in Phi Sigma Iota, plans to teach in a language, and demonstrates qualities of leadership and good character.

David C. and Margaret L. Campbell Endowed Scholarship for the Liberal Arts

Eligibility Requirements: You must be a major in Communication; History, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Philosophy; or Political Science. You must intend to attend graduate school or law school, be an Indiana resident, be enrolled full time at Junior or Senior standing and ranked in upper 25% of class.

Raymond J. Reece and Frances R. Kepner Scholarship

The Raymond J. Reece and Frances R. Kepner Scholarship was established by Raymond Reece Kepner and his wife, Trischa J. O'Hanlon in honor of Mr. Kepner's grandfather and mother - who cumulatively served on the faculty of Indiana State University for over fifty years.

Eligibility Requirements: You must be a Junior or Senior major in Arts and Sciences and have a 3.75 or higher cumulative GPA.

Thelma F. Mills Work-Study Scholarship

This scholarship fund was given by Ms. Mills in sacred memory of her parents, J. Edward and Lillie F. Mills and her brother E. Lenley Mills. Ms. Thelma Mills received a B.S. degree in 1932 and a M.A. in 1955 from ISU. She was a public school teacher for 37 years. In addition to her commitment to teaching, Ms. Mills was dedicated to the idea of establishing a fund which would assist worthy students engage in meaningful work experience as they earn a degree at ISU.

Eligibility Requirements: You should be engaged in meaningful work experience related to your vocational/professional objectives, not to exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year (which may include unpaid internships).

Your statement of application should describe how your vocational/professional objectives are advanced by your work experience. Please note in addition to two faculty references, you must submit a recommendation from your employer.

Real World 101

Real World 101 was created through a generous donation by ISU alumni. The program seeks to ease the eventual transition to the work place for ISU students in the traditional liberal arts and sciences by providing an opportunity to job shadow and participate in career-transition experiences prior to graduation term.

Eligibility Requirements: Your statement of application should discuss your current professional goals, your learning goals, how your learning goals and experiences prepare you to meet your professional goals, the value of a liberal arts education, and define "real world" from your point of view.

Preference will be given to student approaching graduation. Real World Scholars are expected to participate in several activities designed to enhance your orientation to the professional workplace, including a resume building workshop, mock interview, Networking and Etiquette Workshop, and Organizational Culture seminar provided through the ISU Career Center.

You must register with Sycamore Career Link at the ISU Career Center. You are required to complete a one-week shadowing experience during the regularly scheduled spring break week and participate in a "debrief" before the end of the spring semester, which includes submission of a reflective essay describing your shadowing experience according to a set of questions you will be given prior to the experience.