The establishment of the Tim Sullivan Endowment for Writing in 1995 by Art and Melissa Sullivan has added more luster to the strong emphasis on creative writing at the university. The endowment encourages and supports creative writing among students and faculty at Stetson University through several major initiatives.
Fifteen undergraduate English majors with proven academic and writing abilities hold scholarships annually. These prestigious Sullivan Scholarship may be awarded to incoming students as well as to students currently enrolled at the university and can be renewed for four years.
Annual Sullivan Prizes in creative writing are awarded each spring during the Honors Convocation. The best creative nonfiction, dramatic writing, fiction, and poetry win cash awards.
Well-known writers visit campus each semester, offering readings and workshops.
The Tim Sullivan Endowment for Creative Writing also provides funding for students and faculty to attend writers' conferences, for defraying the cost of submitting students' manuscripts for publication, and for university membership in professional writers' organizations such as the Associated Writing Programs.
Sullivan Writing Scholarship Program
The Sullivan Writing Scholarship Program at Stetson University assists academically qualified students with strong writing skills to attend the university. Preference is given to English majors with demonstrated strengths in creative writing who possess a verbal SAT score of 600 and a high school GPA of 3.0.
Scholarships range from $3000 to $6000 annually. Recipients maintain the scholarship from entry to graduation, provided they maintain a 2.7 grade point average and they take an approved English Department creative writing class by the spring of their junior year.
Scholarship recipients are selected through the scholarship award process of Stetson University. As a part of the selection process, students must submit a writing sample for review by the Sullivan Writing Program Committee in the Department of English. The dean of Admissions collaborates with this committee in making the awards.
If you are interested in applying to the program, make sure you complete the "Why Write" essay as part of your application to Stetson. For questions about this or for more information about applying to the University, contact the Admissions office.