Thomas Brasher Scholarship (SB6040)

The Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Scholarship honors a noted Walt Whitman scholar who was Professor of English at Texas State from 1956 to 1977. The author of Whitman as Editor of the ‘Brooklyn Daily Eagle’ (1970), Professor Brasher also edited Early Poems and the Fiction (1963), a volume of Collected Writings of Walt Whitman published by New York University Press, and “The Walt Whitman Page” in The Long Islander journal. Well known for excellent teaching, he offered courses in nineteenth century American and British literature. In 1970, he was named Piper Professor. The Thomas L. Brasher Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a full-time graduate student.

Students eligible for this scholarship will:

  • Be enrolled and complete coursework as a full time English major student each semester of the academic year for which the scholarship is held. Students graduating Fall term of the academic year for which the scholarship is held are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • 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 consult the English Scholarship FAQ here: If you have further questions, contact Dr. Chevaillier in the English Department at

College of Liberal Arts, CoLA - English, University Advancement
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
  3. Will you graduate before Spring 2023?