The Lorin D. Parkin Scholarship (SP6226)

The Lorin D. Parkin Scholarship honors the father of late Texas State University English Professor Diane Parkin-Speer (b. February 19,1941; d. March 14, 2015). Mr. Parkin attended the University of Utah and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. The first in his family to attend and to graduate from college, he believed strongly in higher education. His daughter earned a PhD at the University of Iowa and taught at Texas State over 35 years. The Lorin D. Parkin Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate English major.

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
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?