In This Issue

  1. Scholarship and Internship Application Dates
  2. Scholarship Application Essay Prompts
  3. Project Grant and Award Application Due Dates
  4. 2018 International Convention
  5. Opportunity to Advertise Your English Programs
  6. 2018 Common Reader Award Opportunities
  7. Fall Regional Events

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 11
Summer Program Scholarship applications open

Study Abroad Scholarship applications open

Spring Internship Stipend applications open

Penguin Internship Spring applications open

Sept. 15
Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Region Conference at WIU submissions due

Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Region Conference at FHSU submissions due

Sept. 25
Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Call for Papers/Roundtable Proposals submissions open

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
Sigma Tau Delta Midwestern Region Conference at WIU

Oct. 9
Penguin Internship Spring applications close

Oct. 20-21
Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Region Conference at FHSU

Oct. 30
Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Papers and Roundtable Proposal submissions due

Nov. 6
Summer Program Scholarship applications due

Study Abroad Scholarship applications due

Spring Internship Stipend applications due

Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award applications due

Elaine W. Hughes Outstanding Sponsor Award applications due

Project Grant applications due

Alumni Literary Grant applications due

Welcome New Chapter

Ball State University
Alpha Chi Upsilon Chapter
Muncie, IN

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapters

Elizabethtown College
Alpha Alpha Theta Chapter
Elizabethtown, PA

Keene State College
Upsilon Phi Chapter
Keene, NH

Rochester College
Alpha Iota Phi Chapter
Rochester Hills, MI

Wake Forest University
Sigma Omega Chapter
Winston Salem, NC

Student Leadership Award

Congratulations to this year's winner, recognized for demonstrating outstanding service to Sigma Tau Delta at the chapter level, with $250 and a plaque.

Zahra'a Asadallah
Alpha Rho Eta Chapter
American University of Kuwait

Classroom Library Grants

Congratulations to this year's winners who have each received a $400 Classroom Library Grant.

Jenna Marcoe
Woodworth Middle School
Fond du Lac, WI

Lori Webb
Sayre Middle School
Sayre, OK

Lauren Bailey
East Valley Middle School
Nampa, ID

Becca Goodwin
South Hills High School
Fort Worth, TX

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Scholarship and Internship Application Dates

Application Dates
Sept. 11 - Nov. 6 fall round for Summer Program Scholarship, Study Abroad Scholarship and Spring Internship Stipend applications accepted
Sept. 11 - Oct. 9 Penguin Internship Spring applications accepted
Feb. 1 - April 10 All other scholarship applications will be accepted

The Summer Program Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the purposes of attending a special summer program, either in the U.S. or abroad, which furthers the applicant's engagement with Sigma Tau Delta's mission. Qualifying summer programs must be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service and must explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement with the English discipline, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.

The Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to $3,000 for the purposes of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service; they also must explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.

The Sigma Tau Delta Spring Internship Stipend offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting non- or low-paying spring 2018 internships. This is a competitive program providing a limited number of stipends of up to $1,500 each. The internship must involve working for an organization while being directed by a supervisor/mentor within that organization, and the internship’s duties must be consistent with the applicant’s level of education, area of study, and career goals. Financial need will be taken into consideration in addition to internship length. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and providing verification of the internship.

The Penguin Random House Spring Internship is a paid internship for undergraduate student members of Sigma Tau Delta with experience in the publishing industry. The internship takes place in New York, NY, starting in early February 2018. The recipient will work 14 hours per week, earning $11 per hour. Sigma Tau Delta will provide an additional $700 stipend to assist with expenses.

Scholarship Application Essay Prompts

If you are intending to apply for a scholarship this fall or in the spring, you will be asked to upload a 200-400 word essay based on the 2017-2018 writing prompts. All application essays will be automatically considered for the Scholarship Essay Award.

Project Grant and Award Application Dates

Project Grants

Application Deadline: Nov. 6
Chapters may apply for Project Grants of up to $500. Please review the list of past winners for examples of projects that may qualify for this award.

Individual and Chapter Awards

Application Deadline: Nov. 6
Individual Awards are offered for leadership. Chapter Awards include: Sponsors, and literary arts journals.

2018 International Convention

Plan now to join over 1,100 Sigma Tau Deltans at our 2018 International Convention, March 21-24 in Cincinnati, OH. Over $10,000 will be awarded for student works presented at the convention.

View the convention website to review the call for paper submissions and other convention information. Featured speakers for the 2018 Convention include Cristina HenrÍquez and Mary Norris.

Important Convention Planning Dates:
Sept. 25 Convention submissions open
Oct. 30 Convention submissions close
Nov. 16 List of accepted roundtables posted
Dec. 18 List of accepted papers posted
Jan. 4 Early registration opens

Opportunity to Advertise Your English Programs

Sigma Tau Delta’s annual international convention offers a rare opportunity for academic institutions and professional organizations to promote undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 upper-level English honors students from across the US and abroad. A limited number of program advertising opportunities are being offered. By placing an ad in our printed program your school or organization will also:

Ads will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through November 1, 2017, or until all advertising space has been reserved.

View: 2018 Available Advertising Opportunities

2018 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2017-2018 academic year is The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina HenrÍquezimg. The first step to participate in the Common Reader project is to read the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities:

Fall Regional Events

Participating in regional events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers. View upcoming events on the Regional Events page. Check back often for new developments.