LaVerna S. Clark Freshman Scholarship

Instructions for Applying to the LaVerna S. Clark Freshman Scholarship

The LaVerna Clark family has made generous contributions to the English Department to provide scholarships for needy creative writing students in their beginning freshman year at BYU. Approximately five $1000 scholarships will be awarded each year.


The completed application must be submitted to the English Department by April 1st.


Applicants must:

1. Be in their freshman year at BYU.

2. Be enrolled in at least 14 credits.

3. Have taken or be currently enrolled in ENGL 218R.

4. Agree to enroll in ENGL 317, 318, 319, or 320 the following year.

Application Procedure

Combine into a single document the following:

1. Proof you have taken ENGL 218R or are currently enrolled.

2. A brief statement (approximately 300 words) that explains in specific detail your financial need. Help us understand your specific situation and why this scholarship money will help. In particular, explain any extenuating circumstances related to your financial situation, and list the amount of scholarship money from other sources you plan to use for the coming academic year.

3. A brief statement (approximately 300 words) that outlines your interest in creative writing. Help us understand your specific career plans and how this scholarship would help you meet your goals. 

4. A note explaining your willingness to enroll in English 317, 318, 319, or 320 during the next academic year to receive the benefit. 

5. A sample of your creative writing. The work must be your own original writing, though we encourage you to work closely with a mentor in selecting and revising your most polished work. Do not exceed the following page limits:

15 pages of prose (fiction and/or personal essay)

OR 10 pages of poetry

OR 12 pages combined of prose and poetry.

6. Complete the form below and upload your document there. 

Review and Notification

Members of the BYU English Department will review your application carefully and you will be notified by email of the committee’s decision.



LaVerna S. Clark Freshman Scholarship Application

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