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ISU Department of English & Philosophy Announces Recipient of Strickland Scholarship

February 23, 2023

The Department of English and Philosophy is delighted to recognize the recipient of the 2023 Dorothy Strickland Scholarship, a special scholarship honoring first-generation students studying English.

Atlanta Bronson is this year’s recipient. She is a senior studying professional writing and visual communication, and has maintained a high GPA while working her way through school as a first-generation student.

“Being a first-generation student,” Atlanta writes, “has affected me by showing me the opportunities I have been given through school and attending college. I saw many of my family members not go to college or barely finish school because they couldn’t afford it, so I have realized how lucky I am to be able to get my degree.”

Atlanta feels fortunate to be able to continue her education without concerns over costs or fees.

“I work hard for my family, to show them that their struggles and sacrifices mean everything to me, and always will. This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies wholeheartedly and acknowledge how lucky I am to be able to receive such a valuable education.”

Thomas Klein, director of English undergraduate studies, says that the three-person scholarship review committee found her application to be especially compelling.

“It was a tough choice to select among the several dozen applicants, but our committee couldn’t be more pleased with our choice. Atlanta was certainly the best candidate for this particular scholarship, and we wish her the very best.”

The English department would like to thank Michael Strickland for his generosity in setting up this scholarship in his mother’s honor. Dorothy Strickland left a legacy of tireless work in support of English Language Education, particularly for those students who are traditionally underserved.

In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, Dr. Dorothy Strickland was a noted author and educator. She held the Arthur I. Gates Chair at Columbia University and the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University. Dr. Dorothy Strickland also served as president of the International Literacy Association.

The Department of English and Philosophy has numerous scholarships available for majors in both English and Philosophy. Students apply through the Bengal Online Scholarships System (BOSS) by April 1. For more information, please visit isu.edu/english and isu.edu/philosophy. 


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