The recipient shall be a junior or senior with a declared major in English and a minimum 3.2 GPA in English. Preference will be given to student(s) who intend to pursue graduate work in English or who plan to become certified to teach. The selection committee shall require an essay of the applicants. Special consideration will be given to service and professional involvement, academic achievement, scholarship, and leadership. Financial need shall be considered at the discretion of the selection committee.