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Scholarship Spotlight: Danielle Rogner

Scholarships extend student's studies at EIU

Danielle Rogner, a senior English major from Palatine, Ill., hopes to extend her undergraduate studies in the English Department at Eastern Illinois University thanks to the scholarships and awards she has received from the university.


“The two major scholarships I received, the Mary Coon Cottingham Scholarship and the Continuing Student Scholarship, will help me to possibly stay another semester at EIU,” Danielle said following the 2014 Scholarship and Awards Tea. “I was arranging to graduate in December 2014, even though I wanted to stay the whole year.”

And that she did. Danielle will graduate in May 2015 and has been accepted into the English MA/PhD program at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Danielle transferred from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to EIU in the fall of 2012. Before coming to EIU, she had hoped to receive a scholarship, but never imagined she would receive as many scholarships and awards, especially with such high amounts, she said.

Her first English course at EIU was Introduction to Literary Studies with Dr. Melissa Caldwell. The course taught her close reading skills and how to incorporate historical research into her papers, which she has used in every English class she’s taken since. Danielle said she really “fell in love with literature” while taking British Romantic Literature with Dr. Randy Beebe in the fall of 2013.

“The class was engaging and really challenged me to think and write on a much higher level,” she said.

Several of her professors, including Dr. Beebe and Dr. Dagni Bredesen, encouraged her to apply for scholarships through the EIU English Department and to submit her essays to the department’s writing contests.

During her final semester at EIU, Danielle was awarded the Warner Presidential Award in English. In 2014, Danielle received the Eunice W. Dougherty Scholarship in addition to the Mary Coon Cottingham Scholarship, and won second place in both the Literary Essay Contest and the Cultural Diversity Essay Contest. She placed third in the Literary Essay Contest and fourth in the First Year Essay Contest in 2013.

Other scholarships and awards Danielle has received include the Booth Library Award for Excellence in Student Research and Creativity for “Cherokee Acculturation & the Fall of Women's Status,” the Lou and Mary Kay Hencken Scholarship, the Secondary Education Telefund Scholarship and the Continuing Student Scholarship.

Danielle is in the English Department’s Honors Program and the University Honors Program.

For more information about the scholarships and awards offered through the EIU English Department and university-wide scholarships and awards that require departmental nominations, visit www.eiu.edu/english/scholarships_awards.php.

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