James L. "Jim" Banks, III Memorial Endowed/Annual Scholarship

The MFA Creative Writing program’s James L. “Jim” Banks III, Memorial Endowed Scholarship is awarded every other year to one incoming student whose creative work demonstrates exceptional promise and explores the universal human experience, , as assessed by creative writing faculty. The total award amount is $5,000, divided across the two years of the MFA Creative Writing program ($2,500 for recipients’ first year and $2,500 renewable for the second year). All applicants with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 who intend to enroll in the MFA Creative Writing program’s Studio curriculum track are considered for this scholarship.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide an essay about your ability to create poetry and/or prose that explores the universal human experience.