Scholarships for English & Linguistics

Scholarships for English and Linguistics Students at Truman

Several scholarships for current English and Linguistics students at Truman are made possible through the generous donations alumni, businesses and other supporters make to the Truman State University Foundation. When you make a gift to the Truman State University Foundation, your gift can be earmarked for the English and Linguistics Department’s general use or for a specific scholarship such as the ones listed below.

  • Ruth B. Beal
    This scholarship was established in 1989 by friends and family of Ruth Beal (’27) upon her death. Beal served as director of residence halls at Truman between 1953 and 1954 and returned to Truman as Dean of Women in 1957, a position she held for 10 years. Beal also served as an instructor in English at Truman from 1967 until 1972. Upon retirement in 1972, Beal was named Dean Emeritus of Women and Instructor Emeritus in English.
  • Dr. Gail B. Crump
    This scholarship program was established in 2012 by Dr. Gail B. Crump of Warrensburg, MO in recognition for the excellent preparation he received at Truman State University. The scholarship will be funded with a $50,000 provision from Dr. Crumps estate. A Kirksville native, he graduated summa cum laude in 1964 with a BA and a BSE in English. While at Truman, he and his twin brother, the late Gary A. Crump, were active in the College Players, Blue Key, Alpha Phi Omega, and other organizations. Dr. Crump received his MA degree in English in 1965 and his Ph.D. in English in January 1970, from the University of Arkansas, where he was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His field of academic specialization is Modern British and American Literature, particularly fiction and drama. In September 1969, he joined the faculty of the department of English at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, and taught there until his retirement in 2011.As a faculty member at the University of Central Missouri, he served as chair of the Department of English and Philosophy, interim chair of the Department of Modern Languages, interim chair of the Department of Geography and Interdisciplinary studies, and Associate Provost.
  • Dr. Angela A. DeVito Memorial
    This scholarship was established in February, 2011 by Roger Bethel of Willcox, AZ. This memorial scholarship celebrates the memory and life of Angela DeVito. Angela graduated from Kirksville High School in 1975. After attending Truman State University for a year, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Stephen’s College. Angela went on to receive her Master’s degree and PhD in Medieval English Literature from the University of Arizona.
  • C. V. Huenemann
    This scholarship was established by family and friends of C.V. Huenemann, former head of the Division of Language & Literature. Huenemann came to Truman in 1956 and retired 25 years later. He was instrumental in establishing the English graduate program.
  • Merry Lynn Lyle (’90, ’91) Memorial
    This scholarship was established in 2010 by Terri (Lyle) Wilson and Michael Wilson (’91) in memory of Terri’s mother, Merry Lynn Lyle (’90, ’91), a graduate of Truman and a faculty member at Truman. The scholarship is to assist nontraditional students achieve their educational pursuits.
  • Mackenzie Kathleen McDermott
    This scholarship fund was established in 2014 in loving memory of Mackenzie Kathleen McDermott. Mackenzie was a junior at Truman double majoring in English and Sociology/Anthropology at the time of her passing. This scholarship fund was established in her loving memory by her family and friends.
  • Ray Roberts Memorial
    This scholarship was endowed in 1981 by Henry (’39) and Harriet Sensenich (’43) Roberts as a memorial to his brother, Dr. Ray Roberts (’40). Ray Roberts served in several positions within the Naval Department and the Postal Service, covering a period of more than 33 years. Henry Roberts retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglass as chief chemist.
  • Harold and Helen Stewart
    This scholarship was established by Miles and Nancy Lovelace and friends in honor of Nancy’s parents, Harold and Helen Stewart. The intent of this scholarship is to enable students to attend Truman who would financially be unable to attend otherwise.
  • Jim Thomas
    This scholarship was established by friends and colleagues of Dr. Jim Thomas upon his retirement from the Language and Literature Division. He passed away in 2009.
  • Shirley Ann Watson Memorial-English
    This scholarship was established in 1989 by a $30,000 bequest from the estate of Edna E. Watson Richard. This scholarship was made on behalf of Mrs. Richard and her late husband, John D. Watson, in memory of their daughter, Shirley Ann Watson (’70).
  • J.C. and Donna Wright Memorial
    Originally endowed by Dr. James C. Wright and friends, this scholarship memorializes two people who devoted their lives to education. Dr. J. C. Wright served as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Iowa. He came to Truman in 1965 and was a professor of education through his retirement in 1972. Donna Wright was an instructor of English at Truman from 1965 to 1973.

For more information about scholarships awarded to current Truman students through the Truman State University Foundation, visit the Truman State University Foundation Scholarships webpage. Interested in making a gift? See details on how you can give to Truman.