The Dr. Deborah Edwards Barnhart English Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student pursuing a major or minor in English.

Dr. Deborah Edwards Barnhart has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her other degrees include a Master’s degree in Business Administration from MIT and a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland. She is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellow and holds a doctorate in Strategy and Supervision from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Deborah Barnhart was Honeywell Space Systems Vice President of Sales for five years. She chartered to bring Honeywell capabilities to bear on NASA’s space exploration initiatives, including Project constellation, Crew Exploration Vehicle and manned and robotic Moon and Mars missions.

Prior to joining Honeywell, she was Vice President of Business Development for United Technologies Hamilton Standard Space Systems International, Inc. and Director of Propulsion Operations for United Technologies Hamilton Standard. Dr. Barnhart’s previous experience includes roles as Senior Manager of Government and Media Relations for McDonnell Douglas Aerospace and Director of the U.S. Space Camp and Academy.

This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years. The student must maintain a full-time course load (undergraduate - 12 credit hours, or graduate – 9 credit hours) each semester. In addition, recipients must complete a total of 24 credit hours (graduate – 18 credit hours) each academic year and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for renewal. Students should submit a scholarship application every year in order to update their files and possibly be eligible for other awards.

Apply for scholarship by December 15.


The English Department has a limited number of opportunities for financial support. Because there are often more deserving students than we have money to support them, competition for these awards is keen. We offer two kinds of support for graduate students: Tuition scholarships and Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Tuition scholarships will cover all or part of your tuition for an academic year. The Department generally has two such scholarships to distribute, and most often divides them to provide partial support to a greater number of students.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships require you to take a minimum of nine (9) hours of coursework per semester and work approximately 20 hours a week, generally including teaching one or more studio sections of EH 101L: Studio for College Writing I, and working as a consultant in the Student Success Center. Often GTAs will also conduct research or provide additional support to other faculty members if enrollments do not require their presence in the classroom; the Director of Freshman Composition and the Director of Graduate School (often with a committee) will make such assignments. Assistantships typically must be held for an entire academic year, although sometimes offers are made for only one semester. They cover tuition and pay a stipend of $4500 per semester. Students may not hold other paid employment during the time of the appointment. The Department currently has seven GTA positions per year, although in most instances students will hold the position for a second year if their program of study permits the additional hours of enrollment; in any given year, then, we may only have two or three positions to offer to new applicants.

The Department meets each spring to make awards, and reaches its decisions based on the students’ past academic performance. To apply for financial support, please pick up an application in the Department and return it by March 1.