The Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship (SW6335)

The Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship for Future English Teachers honors “Deacon” Wright, who taught at Texas State from 1925 to 1954, and his wife Elizabeth. Professor Wright served as the English department’s chair; founded the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta; sponsored the College Star, Pedagog, and Harris- Blair Literary Society and participated in the life of the university and community. He taught Milton, Victorian literature, world literature, and other courses. Elizabeth Coil Wright taught school in Kennett, Missouri, where she met her husband, and both actively promoted the training of teachers. The Leonard and Elizabeth Wright Scholarship is available to juniors, seniors, or graduate students.

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).
    • An essay explaining why you wish to become an English teacher (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