English Day

English Day celebrates the accomplishments of senior English majors at the College of Charleston. Participants are nominated by a professor for their work in a College of Charleston English course.

The 29th annual English Day celebration was held virtually on April 21, 2021 with twenty-one English majors participating. Students presented their scholarly papers from their Bachelor’s Essays, Independent Studies, and advanced literature courses alongside students who read creative works from their Creative Writing capstones online.

English Day Participants

2020-2021 Award Winners

Humanities and Social Sciences Scholars

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences honors graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves by amassing an impressive body of work during their undergraduate careers. Typically, recipients of HSS Scholar awards are students who, in addition to excelling in regular courses, undertake one or more substantial research projects (such as a Bachelor’s Essay or a project done in an Independent Study course).  The HSS Scholar is the highest award offered by the English Department.

The following two English students are recipients of this award as voted on by the English department:

  • Ashton Mullinax
  • Audrey Robinovitz

English Department Outstanding Students

This award recognizes outstanding English majors. The recipients of this award are voted on by the English department faculty.

  • Celeste Alimonti
  • Erica Appleton
  • Tony Ferrese
  • Madison Gepper
  • Olivia Hamilton
  • Michael Lucero
  • Erin Niland
  • Reagan Reynolds

Department Honors

Awarded to students who have at least a 3.5 GPA in all major coursework, and who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of exceptionally fine work in any combination of independent study, seminar, and bachelor’s essay.


Anna B. Katona Award in American Literature

This award is named for Dr. Anna B. Katona, a longtime professor of English at the College of Charleston (1975-1999). Dr. Katona provided funds for a grant to the College that annual recognizes the graduating English major with the highest grade point average in American Literature courses.

  • Michael Lucero

Transfer Student Award


Sarah Goad Memorial Prize Winners

The Sarah Margaret Goad Memorial Prizes in Fiction and Poetry are named in honor of Sarah Goad, an alumna of the College who graduated in 2013 with a concentration in creative writing and who worked at the Writing Lab for three years. She passed away in 2018.


The external judge was Blas Falconer


The external judge was Joanna Pearson

First-Year Writing Awards

In 2008 the department established this annual award to encourage and recognize excellent writing and critical thinking. All students enrolled in English 110, Honors 110, or English 215 are eligible to submit papers for the award. The winning papers are chosen by the First-Year Writing Committee in the Department of English based on excellence of writing and the reflection of First-Year Writing curricular goals.

2020-2021 Award Winners

 Outstanding First-Year Essay Awards:


Outstanding First-Year Multimodal Writing Awards:


Lancelot Minor Harris Scholarship

The Lancelot Minor Harris Scholarship is an award that supports incoming, first-year, or second-year students from traditionally under-represented populations (such as first-generation, African-American, Hispanic, and financially disadvantaged students), who show significant academic potential and intend to major in English.


Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Scholarship

The Marilyn Shiely Coste Memorial Scholarship is an award that supports students who have been innovative and strategic in the way they have combined their major with extracurricular opportunities, such as sustained involvement in community literacy outreach programs, professional internships, sustained work as a tutor, or achievement as a published writer.


Marjorie Elizabeth Peale Memorial Scholarship

The Marjorie Elizabeth Peale Memorial Scholarship is an award that supports students at the freshman or sophomore level who show promise of academic excellence in the study of English.


English Alumni Award: Study Abroad

The English Alumni Award for Study Abroad supports students who will enroll in an approved summer or fall study abroad program.


English Alumni Award

The English Alumni Award supports students who show promise of academic excellence in the study of English.



Sigma Tau Delta is an international excelled English honor society for students of English at four-year colleges and universities who are within the top 30% of their class and have a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Our new Sigma Tau Delta inductees at the College of Charleston include the following students:

    •  Holly Malnati
    • Adam Dorsheimer 

    • Allison Gonyer

    • Lauren Dubreuil

    • Catherine Quarles

    • Callie Marie Andrew