Spring Scholarships

Annually, Sigma Tau Delta offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each. Because these scholarship opportunities are offered exclusively to Sigma Tau Delta members, those members who take the time to submit a carefully put-together application obviously have a significantly increased chance of receiving an award--and completing the application process is excellent practice for those planning to attend graduate school or apply for a job. Applications are judged based on academics and service, as well as on the quality of writing in essays or statements that are required for the scholarships. 

Spring Applications accepted between March 4 and April 1, 2014 for:

Study Abroad Program
Summer Program Scholarship

Application Process

Sigma Tau Delta offers the Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS Online) to apply for the scholarships and academic awards listed above.

STARS Online link

General Eligibility Criteria for Scholarships and Academic Awards

  • Before applying for a scholarship (with the exception of the Alumni Epsilon Scholarship), a student must be nominated by his or her chapter. Each chapter may nominate three students for each scholarship. Decisions about who gets nominated are made at the local level (by the chapter itself). The Chapter Sponsor should lead or guide that process. Chapters should set an on-campus deadline for applications earlier than the submission deadline. They should also set in place procedures for selecting and recognizing applicants to represent their chapter. For example, the chapter may vote to have the Sponsor and/or a faculty committee review applications and choose candidates when more than the permitted number of candidates per chapter have applied. Officers may call a meeting to recognize applicants and hear them read their application essays.
  • Students may apply for more than one scholarship.
  • All applicants will be required to submit an electronic copy of their most recent college transcript(s). A transcript may be scanned and saved as a PDF (the preferred file format). JPEG, GIF, and PNG saved as 100 DPI or less are also accepted file formats.
  • Applicants will need two letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation must be written by a college English Department faculty member. Students will use the email recommender request process built into the STARS Online submission process.
  • Scholarship applications are due Monday, April 1, 2014, 11:59 CDT.

Study Abroad Scholarship (up to $3,000)

Sigma Tau Delta awards these scholarships to active, undergraduate members 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 strength and chapter service; they should also explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy.

Study abroad scholarships are determined in two stages: recipients of the first round (who have applied in the fall) are announced at the Sigma Tau Delta annual convention in March, and those in the second round (who have applied in the spring) will be notified by May 15. Successful fall scholarship applications can be used for study abroad from January through December of the subsequent year. Successful spring applications can be used from the time of the upcoming summer term through the end of the subsequent spring semester (in the next calendar year). Unsuccessful fall applications are eligible to re-apply in the spring, but a new application must be completed.

Scholarship recipients will be required to provide verification that they have arrived on-site (an official letter from the resident director of the program is acceptable for this purpose).

View required application documents.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • General Eligibility Criteria
  • Currently an undergraduate student
  • Plan to study abroad for an academic term or year in a certified undergraduate program

Summer Program Scholarship (up to $1,500)

These scholarships are for active undergraduate members, including seniors who are about to graduate at the time of application. The scholarship is to be used for the purposes of attending a special summer program, in the U.S. or abroad, one which furthers the applicant’s engagement with the mission of Sigma Tau Delta. Qualifying summer programs should be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic strength and chapter service, and they should explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement in the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and literacy. Scholarships are determined by May 15. Note: This scholarship cannot be used toward a regular summer session at the student's home institution.

View required application documents.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Before receiving this scholarship, applicants are required to provide proof of their enrollment in the summer program described in their applications. Should winners not be able to provide such verification within three weeks of being notified about the scholarship, their awards will be presented to runners-up.



Deadlines and Award Notifications

Scholarships with the April 1, 2014, application due date will be determined by May 15, 2014.

Before receiving a scholarship, recipients are required to provide proof of registration in a full load of courses appropriate to Sigma Tau Delta's mission. Should winners not be able to provide such verification at the beginning of the fall semester following their application process, their awards will be offered to alternates.

Address questions to: sigmatdapply@niu.edu.