Through the generosity of James L. Oswald of Aiken, the Phebe Davidson Prize is offered annually on a competitive basis to a full-time student at USC Aiken whose work demonstrates superior achievement in writing.
The Kaplan Writing Award is given annually on a competitive basis to the student whose writing exemplifies the qualities valued and stressed by Professor Virginia Kaplan during her years of teaching English at USC Aiken: depth of thought, clarity of expression and command of language.
Through the generosity of distinguished USC Aiken graduate Mona L. Martin, the Mona L. Martin Prize in Freshman Writing is presented annually on a competitive basis to a first-year student who demonstrates excellence in expository writing.
Ellen Lott Smith established a generous endowment fund which provides an annual scholarship to a student majoring in English or English Education. The scholarship recipient will be chosen by means of an essay competition to be administered by the USC Aiken English Department each fall.
The James and Mary Oswald Scholarships in Writing were established in honor of two longtime Aiken residents who created an endowment to enhance departmental initiatives to promote general interest in the English language and its literatures. These awards (scholarships for incoming students) are offered annually by the USCA Department of English to new full-time students who enroll at USCA, who choose the BFA in Writing as their major, and whose work demonstrates superior achievement in professional or creative writing. The competition invites work in four genres: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.