Writing and Linguistics
College of Arts and Humanities


The Brannen Creative Writing Award 

Criteria and Description: This award will recognize outstanding achievement in each of three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Any student who is (1) majoring in Writing and Linguistics, minoring in one of its fields, or concentrating in Writing through the Bachelor of General Studies program and (2) a first-year student or a sophomore (accrued no more than 60 credit hours) at the time that the creative piece is submitted for consideration is eligible.

The judges will be three faculty members from the Department of Writing and Linguistics who have expertise in creative writing. Winners are announced in fall of each year.

Award: $500/genre


The Brittany “Ally” Harbuck Memorial Scholarship

Criteria and Description: The Harbuck Scholarship honors Ally Harbuck, a free-spirited creative writing major from Savannah who died in a traffic accident in 2005 at the age of nineteen, one week before the end of her freshman year at Georgia Southern. She wrote for The George-Anne and was active in the Gay-Straight Alliance and the National Organization for Women on campus. Her parents, Debi and David Harbuck of Savannah, raised the funds to endow the scholarship.

Recipient should be a Georgia Southern rising sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Creative Writing who has maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Professors in the Department of Writing and Linguistics nominate the recipient based on samples of writings produced in class. The award should be given on a competitive basis. Previous recipients may submit new work for consideration each year. Winners are announced in fall of each year.

Award: $750


The David Starnes/George Brannen Scholarship

Criteria and Description: Recipient must be a rising junior or senior (not graduating senior). Preference will be given to a student holding a minimum grade point average of 3.0; if the student has less than an overall GPA of 3.0, the average in the major must be 3.0. Preference is given to a student who is enrolled in ROTC, who is active-duty military, or who is a member of a military family.

Students must be nominated and recommended by a Writing and Linguistics faculty member; nominated students will be notified by the Department of Writing and Linguistics and asked to submit an essay (double spaced, no more than 4 pages) discussing the value of being a Writing and Linguistics major. This essay must be original and unpublished, and essays will not be returned.

The selection committee for this award will consist of three members of the faculty.  The members of the committee should not be ones who recommended a student  for the scholarship. Winners are notified in the early summer of each year and formally announced in the fall.

Award: $1000

Last updated: 1/30/2018

Department of Writing & Linguistics • P.O. Box 8026 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-0739