This scholarship was created in loving memory of Karen Hanson, amazing mother, wife, teacher and friend. Karen was taken from us too soon, but among the many lessons she taught us, it was to face life’s challenges with optimism and humor. The Karen Hanson Memorial Scholarship is for anyone planning to or currently pursuing studies in Literature, either at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level. The winner will be awarded $350. In order to apply, applicants must submit a 250+ word essay responding to the following prompt: Life is full of challenges and struggles, and one of the great things literature can do is help us move through and past them with humor. In 250 words or more, describe how an education in Literature can help us move through life with greater joy. Submissions may be written in prose or may be submitted in the form of a short (hopefully humorous!) story. All essays must be submitted to beginning each year on September 1 and received no later than November 30. Out of the pool of applicants, we will choose three finalists by January 1. Finalists will be chosen based on the coherency and persuasiveness of their essays. We will then notify the finalists and post the three finalists’ essays on our blog and on our Facebook page. The winner will be announced January 31 on Facebook.

Award Information

Award Amount
Number of Awards
Application Deadline
November 30
Available to Class Level
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduate students, Postgraduate students
Not renewable

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA Required
None specified
None specified
None specified
Religious Affiliation
None specified
Location of College
None specified
Area of Study
Financial Need
Financial need analysis is not required

Scholarship Sponsor

Creative Director
Virtuous Prom
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City, State, Zip
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