The Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship (SS6295)

The Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship honors a writer, artist, musician, world traveler, and teacher of composition, literature, and creative writing at Texas State from 1958 to 1966. In 1965, under the guidance of Professor Smith and Professor Norman Peterson, Persona, the university’s student literary magazine, was awarded first place by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association. Professor Smith is remembered for her Hours with Books series, which she conducted for several years with members of the faculty, student body, and community. The Mamie E. Smith Memorial Scholarship is given to a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in English.

Students eligible for this scholarship will:

  • Be enrolled and complete coursework as a full time English major student each semester of the academic year.
  • Be enrolled in at least one English course each semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held.
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the Fall in order to receive the scholarship for the Spring.

If you have any questions about this scholarship, please contact the English Department at

College of Liberal Arts, CoLA - English
Supplemental Questions
  1. Applicants must submit a single PDF with the following in this order:.

    • An essay explaining why you are majoring in English (500 words maximum).
    • Transcript(s) (may be unofficial).
    • 2-3 sentences introducing yourself to the donors.
  2. You must also obtain two letters of recommendation by the deadline. (Please note: English Department Scholarship Committee members may not submit letters of recommendation. Committee members are Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler, Deb Balzhiser, Cyrus Cassells, Leah Schwebel, Eric Leake, and Kathryn Ledbetter).
    • Recommender: Name and Email Address