English Department
Support Our English Students Today!


Why We Love the English Department

The English Department is proud of its world-class faculty and staff, its dynamic course offerings, its rigorous yet adaptive curriculum, and its amazing and inspiring students. We offer our students the opportunity to study and work with texts and media that have shaped, and been shaped by, the English language. Our diverse spectrum of classes covers a wide variety of topics in literature, media, composition, cultural theory, and language studies ranging from antiquity to the twenty-first century. In our classes, students explore multiple cultural traditions and cultivate skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.

The Department provides small, student-centered classes, innovative educational methods, and close faculty-student interaction. Our faculty members have earned numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and writing; they are nationally and internationally recognized in creative and critical fields. Our students have amassed an enviable record of placement in graduate programs and professional positions. We thank you for your investment in them!

You Can Make an Impact

The English Department is committed to providing direct support to our students through scholarship gifts. This year we are encouraging gifts to support student scholarships to help ensure that students continue their education during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Scholarships have always allowed the Department to recognize and encourage our students, but this support is especially critical to inspire students during these uncertain times. 


Contributions to the English Department fund will support activities such as: 

  • student opportunities to travel and present at national conventions
  • student participation in competitive creative writing workshops
  • academic enrichment and curricular support through scholarships
  • student-led literary journals and publications
  • and other activities that protect our department's mission of high-quality instruction!


Here's How Your Contributions have Impacted Students this Year:

"Because of your generous contribution I was able to attend AWP [Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference] for the first time. As an Appalachian, I don’t take these opportunities lightly—without your donation, I wouldn’t have been able to attend, represent Western Washington, and attend an event that furthers me intellectually and professionally. Thank you so much!" (B. Woods, English MFA and Bellingham Review Managing Editor, Expected Grad 2022)

"The classes and revisions and workshops that I have the privilege of attending have pushed my storytelling to increased heights... This [scholarship] will grant me more time to focus on publication and the pursuit of a future career." (I. Simons, Creative Writing Major, Expected Grad 2023)

"As I head into summer and plan the coming academic year (my thesis, my comprehensive exams, my teaching, my classes), this scholarship will help me study in safety and comfort. As I’ve become more a part of Western’s community — meeting other grad students, getting active, connecting with different departments — I’ve come to feel that this upcoming year at Western is a precious chance. " (English Scholarship Awardee)

"As a first-generation college student, your generosity has made my family and I humbled to no end." (J. Sanchez, Creative Writing Major with Teaching Endorsement, Expected Grad 2022) 

"It means so much to have people in our corner who believe in the value of an English degree to the point that you are actively funding my work and the work of other students like me" (G. Fiser, Literature Major, Expected Grad 2023)

"The financial assistance you provided will be of significant help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it will allow me to concentrate more of my time on exploring the genres within poetry and creative nonfiction, both of which strike me as somehow vital to the process of excavating our shared humanity." (E. Freckleton, Creative Writing Major, Expected Grad 2023)

"I have always had a great love of learning, a fascination with stories, and a deep capacity for critical thinking. Since coming to Western, I have had the opportunity to develop my love of the written word into in-depth and thoughtful scholarship within Western's wonderfully nurturing English department" (R. Ferguson, Literature Major, Expected Grad 2023)

"I'm an English major, looking to be a high school English teacher, but I'm gently collecting experiences to get there... Your gift will help me take the long way round, finding my way to the words I'm searching for with my family, my education, and my future." (R. Huentelman, Creative Writing Major with Teaching Endorsement, Expected Grad 2024)

"Receiving this scholarship supports me greatly in my journey of becoming a teacher. Next step, I plan on going to graduate school, which additionally expends resources, so this is such a gift in giving me a boost of support in my education." (S. Check, Literature Major with Teaching Endorsement, Expected Grad 2023)

Thank you for caring about our students!

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1 $1,000 WWU Volleyball 132
2 $1,000 Ice Hockey 127
3 $1,000 Accounting Department 106
4 $1,000 Men's Rowing 102
5 $1,000 Marketing Program 93
6 Women's Soccer 71
7 Psychology 61
8 College of Business and Economics 60
9 Scholarships & Student Success Funds 56
10 The Fairhaven Outback Farm 55
11 Computer Science 51
12 Men's Soccer 48
13 Cross Country & Track and Field 45
14 Woodring College of Education 45
15 MSCM & Operations 43
16 Women's Basketball 41
17 Chemistry Department 39
18 Water Skiing Team 36
19 Behavioral Neuroscience 35
20 Geology 31
21 Anthropology 30
22 Donate to Fairhaven Here! 29
23 English Department 28
24 WWU Racing 26
25 Music Department 26
26 Men's Ultimate (DiRT) 26
27 Linguistics 25
28 History Department 25
29 International Business Program 23
30 MBA Program 23
31 Biology 23
32 Young Democrats of WWU 23
33 Rowing (Women's Varsity Crew) 22
34 Marine and Coastal Science 21
35 Men's Lacrosse 20
36 Journalism 20
37 Women's Ultimate 20
38 WWU Child Development Center 20
39 Sailing Team 19
40 Western Libraries 19
41 Health and Human Development 19
42 Finance Program 19
43 Economics 18
44 The College of the Environment's Available Funds 18
45 College of Fine and Performing Arts 17
46 Help Build A Coast Salish Longhouse At WWU! 17
47 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Program 17
48 Western GAP Scholarship 17
49 Speakers in Schools Fund - Give Day Challenge! 16
50 Communication Sciences and Disorders 16
51 Sociology 16
52 Mathematics 16
53 Women's Rugby 16
54 SEA Discovery Center 16
55 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs 15
56 Men's Basketball 15
57 College of Humanities and Social Sciences 15
58 Modern and Classical Languages 15
59 Education Abroad 15
60 College of Science and Engineering 14
61 Student Emergency Fund 14
62 University Honors College 14
63 Theatre Arts 14
64 Millie Johnson Puzzle Hunt 13
65 Viking Athletics 13
66 The Ray Wolpow Institute (RWI) 13
67 Club Wrestling 12
68 Physics and Astronomy 12
69 AS Clubs 12
70 Elementary Education Department 12
71 The College of the Environment 12
72 Men's Ultimate Teams 12
73 Political Science 11
74 International Student Support 11
75 Graduate School 11
76 Engineering and Design 10
77 Institute for Energy Studies 10
78 Men's Rugby 10
79 Center for Canadian-American Studies 10
80 Career Services Center 10
81 Management Information Systems 10
82 Advanced Technology Engineering Facility 10
83 Environmental Science 10
84 Marion Van Nostrand Scholarship 9
85 Diversity in Geoscience Club 9
86 Design Department 9
87 Woodring Equity & Diversity Programs 9
88 LGBTQ+ Western 8
89 Student Technology Center's Booster Fund 8
90 Fairhaven College Opportunity Scholarship 8
91 WWU Swim Team 8
92 Women's Ice Hockey 8
93 Decision Sciences 8
94 Communication Studies 8
95 Other 7
96 Western Symphony Orchestra Spain Tour 2023 7
97 Global Humanities and Religions 7
98 WHOLE - AS Food Pantry 7
99 Support Black Students In STEM 7
100 Compass2Campus 7
101 Women's Lacrosse 7
102 WWU Psychology Counseling Program 7
103 Women's Volleyball Sport Club 7
104 Happy Club 7
105 Salish Sea Institute 6
106 Institute for Critical Disability Studies 6
107 Dance 6
108 WWU Club Baseball 6
109 Music Department Scholarships 6
110 Figure Skating 6
111 Environmental Sciences Department 6
112 Art and Art History Department 6
113 Dr. Renee Collins Scholarship for Black Women 6
114 Environmental Studies Department 6
115 Associated Students General 6
116 Institute for Watershed Studies 5
117 Institute for Environmental Toxicology 5
118 The College of the Environment Annual Scholarships 5
119 WWU Alumni Association Scholarship 5
120 WWU Equestrian Team 5
121 Parents and Families 5
122 CBE Professional and Career Readiness Program 4
123 Women's Golf 4
124 Athletes to Educators 4
125 Secondary Education & MIT 4
126 Education Leadership 4
127 Human Services 4
128 Planned Parenthood Generation Action Club 4
129 Department of Philosophy 4
130 WWU SACNAS 4
131 Woodring Hardship Scholarships 4
132 AMSEC - Materials Science 4
133 WWU Club Golf Team 4
134 Bellingham Rotaract Club 4
135 Joann Otto Microscope Endowment Fund 3
136 Uche Ugwoaba Computer Science Scholarship 3
137 CBE Diverse Students Opportunity Scholarship 3
138 WWU Hip Hop Dance Team 3
139 Geography Program 3
140 Men's Water Polo 3
141 Science, Math and Technology Education 3
142 Men's Golf 3
143 Western Stands for Racial Equity Fund 3
144 Environmental Education 3
145 Climate Innovation Fund 3
146 Women's Water Polo 3
147 Adoptees Alliance 3
148 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3
149 WWU Speech and Hearing Clinic 3
150 Cybersecurity Club 3
151 Alpha Kappa Psi Omega Beta 3
152 Christman Challenge 3
153 Nursing 3
154 Student Economics Association 3
155 Named Scholarships 2
156 WISE Scholarship 2
157 Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education 2
158 Shannon Point Marine Center 2
159 The Broad Reach Endowment 2
160 Alma Clark Glass Scholarship for STEM 2
161 Vernon Damani "Dr. J" Johnson Scholarship 2
162 Jose S. Velasquez Memorial Scholarship 2
163 Judo Club 2
164 Brent Golden Memorial Scholarship 2
165 NeRDS 2
166 Palliative Care Institute 2
167 Advanced Technology Engineering Facility 2
168 East Asian Studies 2
169 Opera Club 2
170 KUGS Scholarship 2
171 Fairhaven Outback Farm 2
172 Society of Professional Journalists 2
173 Western Gallery 2
174 The Wesley Club at WWU 2
175 WWU Food Recovery Network 1
176 Lillie Mae Witherspoon Minority Scholarship 1
177 College of the Environment 1
178 Grace Miller-Dunbar Award 1
179 Mars Lab Fund 1
180 Kradjan Family Admissions Scholarship 1
181 Patrick L. Monahan Scholarship 1
182 Uche Ugwoaba Men's Soccer Scholarship 1
183 Gregory and Elizabeth Grant Scholarship Endowment 1
184 Freeride Ski and Snowboard Team 1
185 Center for Pacific Northwest Studies 1
186 Department of Management 1
187 WWU Girl Gains 1
188 WWU Outdoor Center 1
189 High Intensity Club (Kpop Dance Cover) 1
190 Cheerleading 1
191 Emily Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund 1
192 The Leslie Lingley Memorial Student Fund 1
193 Equestrian Team 1
194 Men's Volleyball 1
195 Climbing Team 1
196 Business and Sustainability Program 1
197 Cozy Club 1
198 Freeride Ski and Snowboard Club 1
199 Environmental Justice Scholarship 1
200 Honoring Women in Sport and the Impact of Title IX 1
201 AS Professional Women's Association 1
202 Chinese Student Association 1
203 Japanese Student Association 1
204 NAMI on Campus WWU 1
205 Nancy Bluestein-Johnson Peninsulas Scholarship 1
206 Rocky Spencer Memorial Scholarship 1
207 Stephanie Bowers Endowed Scholarship 1
208 Student Emergency Fund 1
209 WWU Fly Fishing Club 1
210 WWU Tennis Club 1
211 Campus School Legacy Scholarship 1
212 Womxn of Color Empowerment Scholarship Fund 1
213 Student Outreach Services 1
214 Lakewood 1
215 Bellingham Review 1
216 Elliot Scott Memorial Scholarship 1
217 Exercise Science Lab 1
218 Stephen Senge Fund for Teaching Innovation 1
219 Thaddeus & Lois Price Spratlen Fund for Diversity 1
220 Wakeboarding Team 1
221 WWU Queer-Con 1
222 CBE Investment Management and Scholarship Fund 1
223 Hillel of WWU 1
224 Opera Club 1
225 Student Services and Programs 1
226 Undocumented Student Support / The Blue Group 1
227 Veteran Services 1
228 Chess Club 1
229 WCE Promise Scholarships for Students of Color 1
230 College of Business and Economics 0
231 College of Humanities and Social Sciences 0
232 Athletics 0
233 College of Science and Engineering 0
234 Scholarships, Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives 0
235 Programs/Centers/Institutes 0
236 Club Sports 0
237 Student Clubs 0
238 College of Fine and Performing Arts 0
239 Woodring College of Education 0
240 Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies 0
241 Western on the Peninsulas 0
242 Vietnamese Student Association 0
243 Mens Volleyball 0
244 Psychology Club 0
245 Cycling 0
246 Sustainability Engagement Institute 0
247 Kinesiology Club 0
248 The National Society of Collegiate Scholars 0
249 Pacific Islander Student Association 0
250 WWU Swing Kids 0
251 Professional and Continuing Education 0
252 Learning Environment Action Discovery (LEAD) 0
253 Adult and Higher Education 0
254 Early Childhood Education 0
255 Rehabilitation Counseling Program 0
256 Living Snow Project 0
257 Academy for Lifelong Learning 0
258 Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation 0
259 Bellingham Order of the Saber 0
260 Bennerstrom Prize 0
261 Bradley F. Smith Internship Program 0
262 Brian K. and Lori L. Burton Fund for Innovation 0
263 Campus Recreation 0
264 Caregivers and Parents 0
265 Carl H. Simpson "Bridging" Fund 0
266 Children's Literature Conference 0
267 Chuckanut District of WSFGC Scholarship 0
268 Communication Club 0
269 Cycling Team 0
270 Dina Benedetti Scholarship Endowment 0
271 Disability Studies Steering Committee (DSSC) 0
272 Donald B. McLeod Scholarship Endowment 0
273 Dr. Elena Pereyra Peach Award Scholarship 0
274 Dr. Lina Zeine Scholarship 0
275 Endowed Professorship in Jewish History 0
276 Ethnic Student Center 0
277 Filipino-American Student Association 0
278 Frank Punches Memorial Endowment Fund 0
279 Fresh Water Ecology 0
280 Global Ambassadors 0
281 Harry Potter Club 0
282 Health and Community Studies 0
283 Hearing Aid Bank 0
284 Ingrid Stahlbrand Kassler Memorial Scholarship 0
285 James B. and Angela Rhoads Scholarship 0
286 Jamie Foland-Tseng Memorial Scholarship 0
287 Jolene Sanchez Memorial Scholarship 0
288 Khmer Student Association (KhSA 0
289 KM Fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 0
290 Manis Family Scholarship 0
291 Mary Morrison Family Music Scholarship Endowment 0
292 Matthew Gaphni Memorial Scholarship 0
293 MK Advantages of Learning Differently Scholarship 0
294 Morse Leadership Institute 0
295 Mountain Environments Research Institute 0
296 Music Library 0
297 Native American Student Union 0
298 Net Impact WWU 0
299 Norma Hall-Alice Stout Memorial Endowment 0
300 Occam's Razor - Student Academic Journal 0
301 Office of Sustainability 0
302 Pre-Dental 0
303 Pre-Med Club 0
304 Pre-Optometry Club 0
305 Prim Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion 0
306 Psychedelic Club 0
307 QueerCon 0
308 Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education 0
309 Resource Center 0
310 Rich and Stephanie Bowers Endowment 0
311 Running Club 0
312 Ruth S. Cox Memorial Scholarship 0
313 Sandberg Scholarship 0
314 Shaw Gynan Memorial Scholarship 0
315 SINI-HHA 0
316 Small Business Development Center 0
317 Sociology Club 0
318 Softball 0
319 Special Collections 0
320 Special Education 0
321 Studebaker Family Student Success Fund 0
322 Student Ambassador Scholarship 0
323 Student Employee Recognition Program 0
324 Students for Socialist Revolution 0
325 Tabetha Fox Clark Scholarship 0
326 Ted Pratt Scholarship 0
327 The College of the Environment Graduate Programs 0
328 The College of the Environment on the Peninsulas 0
329 The Collège of the Environment Access Scholarships 0
330 The Jazz Project Scholarship 0
331 The Journal of Educational Controversy 0
332 The Planet - An Award Winning Student Publication 0
333 Timothy Crossan Memorial Fund 0
334 Vassdal Design Scholarship 0
335 Wakeboard Team 0
336 Washington Campus Compact 0
337 Western Community Outreach 0
338 Western on the Peninsulas Scholarship 0
339 Wheelchair Basketball 0
340 Willis Ball Memorial Scholarship 0
341 WWU Life Drawing Club 0
342 WWU National Science Teachers Association Chapter 0
343 WWU Retirement Association 0
344 WWU Student Chapter of NSTA 0
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