2018 Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

July 17, 2018

Imari Santiago received the spring 2018 Outstanding English Major Award. A May graduate originally from Virginia Beach, she has come to consider Richmond a second home, particularly enjoying its art, history, and community. Looking back on her time in the Department of English, Imari is grateful for the passion and support of the English faculty, in addition to how her classes prepared her to assist organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Communities in Schools of Richmond. A Fulbright recipient, Imari plans to travel post graduation, study Hispanic language and literature, read anything and everything, and learn from everyone she meets.

Wyatt Booth received the E. Allen Brown English Scholarship. A senior English major with a minor in creative writing, Wyatt appreciates how the English major exposes him to stories of people from all walks of life and time periods. Wyatt looks to writers such as Guy Adams and Stephen King for inspiration for his own stories, which can delve into the realm of fantasy. A Newport News native, Wyatt hopes to teach abroad after graduation, attend graduate school, and eventually pursue a career as a novelist or screenwriter, or both.

Olivia Hudson received the Dinah Grossman-Wolfe Book Award. A junior English major minoring in both Anthropology and Religious Studies, Olivia is interested in the effect that global cultures have on American literature, philosophy, and culture. Although she entered the English major imagining herself a future high school English teacher, Olivia now imagines a career in higher education that promotes a cooperative global community. During her free time, this Dinwiddie County native enjoys cultural festivals, movies, and Harry Potter novels, which she believes are about much more than magic.

Jada Perez received the Black History in the Making Award. A May graduate who minored in Psychology, Jada is grateful that the English major allowed her to pursue reading and writing, both of which have been outlets of expression for her since grade school. Post graduation, Jada plans to complete a Master of Teaching before starting a career as secondary school English teacher.

Alisha Pope received the Riely Scholarship for Women. A senior English major and Richmond native, Alisha has been working on her VCU degree for over 17 years while also working in settings such as retail, hair salons, and VCU Health Systems. She credits the English major with expanding her reading to include authors such as John Milton and William Shakespeare, whom she now lists as two of her favorites. When not working as a Senior Patient Access Representative or in class, Alisha enjoys urban fiction, writing in journals, watching crime shows, and cooking.

Glynis Boyd also received the Riely Scholarship for Women. A senior English major and Richmond native, Glynis returned to VCU in fall 2017 after a break of 18 years, during which she worked as a social worker, newspaper reporter, as well as a training coordinator for a healthcare company. Regarding the English major, Glynis appreciates how reading literature fosters both tolerance for difference and kindness toward self, in addition to how the major stresses the importance of communication. Glynis imagines a future career as a community college professor or a student dean, hoping that in such a role she can “root for the underdog.”