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Department of Languages and Literatures

Graduate Scholarships

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for any of the scholarships below for which they are eligible. In addition to these departmental scholarships, graduate students are also encouraged to apply for graduate assistantships and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Note: Scholarship amounts may change depending on market fluctuations which affect interest rates.


Irene M. Thompson Scholarship

All undergraduate and graduate students continuing at UNI are eligible.

Contributions as a student to the total program of the college and departments are to be the primary criteria for nomination and selection. Need is not necessarily a factor in the selection of the recipient. All recipients must be full-time students. Undergraduate students are required to have at least a 2.00 GPA and graduate students at least a 3.00 GPA.

Complete the on-line application



Paul & Mary Bender Scholarship: Awarded annually to one or more graduate level students who have completed a B.A. in Spanish at UNI and who are pursuing graduate studies in Spanish at UNI. Min. GPA 3.33. Submit to L&L an application form, transcripts, and a cover letter addressing professional goals (200-250 words). Deadline: March 31, 2014. ($2700-$4000)


Frank and Otelia Kraft Scholarship

The Frank and Otelia Kraft Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to a graduate student in English or TESOL. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must have completed at least six (6) hours of graduate coursework in the Department of Languages and Literatures, including Introduction to Graduate Study in English (6100) or Introduction to Graduate Study in TESOL (6100), and must also have achieved a grade point average of 3.33 or higher. This scholarship award is made available once a year and will be given to a different student each year.

The successful candidate for this scholarship will have demonstrated academic ability; financial need is a lesser, but still considered, factor.  Further, the committee values the contributions—past, present, and future—that the candidate makes to his/her professional colleagues.  That is, participation in conferences, volunteering, tutoring, leadership skills, and so on are indications of professional growth and service.  Application materials are available in the department Graduate Office (Bartlett).


Theodore and Grace Ann Hovet Endowed Scholarship

The Theodore and Grace Ann Hovet Endowed Scholarship provides $5000 to a Russian national for the pursuit of a M.A. degree in English or TESOL at the University of Northern Iowa.  Click here for complete information.

Deadline: April 19, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.