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Awards and Giving

We would like to share our deepest gratitude with our alumni, friends and colleagues for your generous donations to the Department of English community. Your ongoing support makes a big difference to the educational experience we can offer our students and also enables us to remain connected with our alumni through various events.

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Department of English 2020-2021 Featured Awards

A. C. Hamilton AwardAnnual A.C Hamilton Award

The A.C Hamilton Award was established by the department of English to honour A.C “Bert” Hamilton (pictured left) for his dedication, mentorship and intellect as a professor in the department.

In honour of A.C Hamilton, one of the Department’s most distinguished scholars, his name was given to the annual prize for the Department’s best doctoral dissertation.

Lindsay Young2021 Winner

Lindsay Young, PhD

Read more about our 2021 A. C. Hamilton Award winner

Wendy LiThe Helen Richards Campbell Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing – Wendy Li

Established by the Campbell Family in memory of Helen Richards Campbell, who graduated from Queen's in 1978 at the age of 81. Awarded to the student with the highest standing in any creative writing course (CWRI) at the 200 level.

Daniel GreenThe McIlquham Foundation Prize in English – Daniel Green

Founded by the parents of Mr. J. Max McIlquham, a student at Queen's University 1912-1915, who was killed on service overseas. Awarded to a student for an original poem, short story, or play. Competitive papers must be submitted to the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 February. Each paper must bear a motto instead of the author's name, and must have attached to it a sealed envelope, bearing the same motto, and containing a signed declaration that it is the author's unaided composition.

Kristin ForsterThe Arts 1901 Fellowship in English – Kristin Forster

Established by the class of 1901. Awarded on the basis of high academic standing to a student with a concentration in English.

Sebastien MolgatThe James H. Stitt Prize in Poetry – Sebastien Molgat

Founded by the late James H. Stitt, Q.C. Open to all undergraduate students, including those in the graduating year. Competitive poems must be submitted to the Associate University Registrar (Student Awards) by 1 April.

Ashanthi FrancisThe Maureen Mogan English Scholarship

Established in May 2010 by the Estate of Maureen Mogan, B.A. (Hons.) 1959, and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to the highest achieving students entering third year in the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Martin HayesThis year we had multiple winners of the award, including Ashanthi Francis and Martin Hayes

Fred HookThe Laura Shibley Scholarship – Fred Hook

Founded by the late Edith Marion Carey of New Westminster, British Columbia. Awarded annually to a student entering the final year of a program in honours English who has shown imagination in the writing of English prose composition.

The Professor Leopold Havelock Thorburn Memorial Scholarship - Stephanie Lam

Established by his sister Miss Barbara E. Thorburn in memory of Leopold Havelock Thorburn, B.A. '44 (Queen's), M.A. '64 (Cambridge). Awarded by recommendation of the Department of English on the basis of the work of the second year to a student who records the intention to take an honours B.A. with a concentration in English. To be eligible, the student must have taken at least four courses in English counting toward a major concentration in the first and second years.

Emma VentrescaThe John W. Bell and Janet S. Bell Memorial Scholarship – Emma Ventresca

Established in June 2008 by the Estate of John Wycliffe Hamilton Bell, Ph.D. 1972, in memory of his parents John W. Bell and Janet S. Bell. Awarded to students entering third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program with a major or medial concentration in English, who demonstrate academic excellence in a course or courses emphasizing 20th Century English Literature. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Jacob PittiniPhyllis M. Camm Memorial Scholarship – Jacob Pittini

Established in December 1971 and last revised in May 2020 by relatives and friends in memory of Phyllis Marion (Hough) Camm, BA (Honours) 1944. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering the fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a major or medial plan in English. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Kelsey WattThe Roscoe R. Miller Scholarship in English – Kelsey Watt

Awarded to a student entering the third or fourth year of an honours program in English who has achieved high standing in the preceding year in the courses of the program concentration.

Tessa WarburtonJames Cappon Memorial Scholarship in English – Tessa Warburton

Established in May 1940 by Miss Alice Macnee, in memory Dr. James Cappon, MA, LLD 1921, formerly Head of the Department of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Last revised in May 2020. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student entering second, third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with an academic plan offered by the Department of English. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Samuel RussellThe Pearl Payne Book Prize – Samuel Russell

Given by Pearl Payne Tackaberry who graduated with honours in English and History in 1911. Awarded to a deserving student registered in honours English and History.

Annalynn PloppDanbe Foundation & B. Crook Scholarship in English – Annalynn Plopp

Established in November 2015 and revised in May 2018 in honour of Barbara Crook, Artsci '79, and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering second year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Paris TomazicThe G. Joseph Cooper Scholarship – Paris Tomazic

Established in February 1997 by G. Joseph Cooper, B.Ed. 1972, in memory of this mother, Molly Cooper and last revised in January 2020. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to students entering third year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with an academic plan offered by the Department of English. Selection will be made by the Awards Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The Cappon Trust

The Cappon Trust
F.H. Varley, Dean James Cappon, 1919, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University. Photo: Larry Ostrom. © Varley Art Gallery, City of Markham.

Established in 2013 to mark the 125th anniversary of the Department of English, and named for James Cappon, the first Chair appointed in English at Queen's, the Cappon Trust is intended to provide funding to enhance alumni relations and to enrich the experience of the Department of English community. The Trust supports:

  • Summer and Fall Convocation celebrations for graduating undergraduate and graduate students
  • Homecoming events
  • Talks by distinguished alumni

Thanks to the generosity of contributors to our Alumni Fund, we were able to establish the Endowment portion of the Cappon Trust with $80,000, allowing us to begin building closer ties with our students, past and present.

A long-term goal of the Trust is to reinstate the Cappon Professorship, a title established in 1960 designed to recognize extraordinary contributions by a faculty member to research in the Department of English. Malcolm Ross, who served as Head of the Department of English (1957–1960), was the first to hold the title Cappon Professor; he was succeeded by John Stedmond, George Whalley, A. C. Hamilton, and George M. Logan, who retired in 2007. Since that time we have been unable to fund a new incumbent, but hope to reinstate this Department tradition through the vision of our donors.

Help us reach our goal of doubling this endowment by the Department’s 135th anniversary in 2023!

Give to the Cappon Trust

The Department of English Trust

The Trust enables the Department of English to cultivate and enrich the intellectual and social life of its community, including:

  • Receptions for incoming students
  • Visiting Speaker Series
  • Capstone Experience for fourth-year students
  • Wine and Cheese with Profs
  • In 2013, a celebrated performance of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets
  • Annual Scotiabank Giller Prize winner public reading and reception that brings together exceptional students with the best in contemporary Canadian fiction. Past winners hosted by Queen’s include: Elizabeth Hay, Joseph Boyden, Linden McIntyre, Johanna Skibsrud, Esi Edugyan, Will Ferguson, Lynn Coady, and Sean Michaels.

Help us continue to support a vibrant life of learning for our students beyond the classroom.

Give to the Department of English Trust

Joanne Page Lecture Fund

Joanne Page
Joanne Page

In 2012 the Department of English inaugurated “The Page Lectures,” its first named lecture in Creative Writing. The series, in which a distinguished Canadian writer is invited to give a lecture on the subject of that most basic unit of composition and study, “the page,” was proposed by that year’s Writer in Residence Phil Hall, in part to honour Kingston poet Joanne Page, and as Phil notes elsewhere, in the hope “that in these times of change in our relations to the book, these lectures will invigorate & challenge the University & Kingston artistic communities.” Since 2012, Phil Hall, Erin Mouré, and Elizabeth Hay have given the lecture.

With Joanne’s death in 2015, the Joanne Page Lecture Fund was established in her memory. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $75,000 in the next 4 years so that the revenues generated from this endowment will allow us to continue to invite the best Canadian writers who put words on the page to address our students and our community.

Give to the Joanne Page Fund

The G. Whalley Visiting Professorship

Sub.-Lieut. A.G.C. Whalley
Sub.-Lieut. A.G.C. Whalley, Queen's University Archives

The Whalley Fund was established to honour a key figure in the history of the Department of English. Born in Kingston on 25 July 1915, George Whalley pursued an extraordinary life: Rhodes scholar, athlete, decorated naval officer, poet, and stellar academic. He joined the Department of English at Queen's in 1950, where he was appointed as Cappon Professor in 1962 in recognition of his scholarship, and served as Head of the Department in the years of growth between 1962–67, and 1977–80. During his career Whalley became an internationally respected literary scholar specializing in poetry of the Romantic period. He was also an unusually gifted and charismatic teacher.

Give to the G. Whalley Visiting Professorship

The Writer’s Fund

Kaie Kellough
Kaie Kellough, Photo by Kevin Calixte

In the past decade Creative Writing has attained an increasingly prominent role in the life of the Department of English. Each year the department hosts a variety of writers who come to give readings and workshops for our students. In 2006, we began our Writer-in-Residence program with the aid of the Canada Council, the Principal’s Development Fund, and our own Writers’ Fund.

For one term in each academic year, a distinguished Canadian writer visits the department to participate in a range of literary events and offer mentorship to students involved in creative writing.

Distinguished writers have included:

  • Omar El Akkad (forthcoming 2022)
  • Kaie Kellough (2021)
  • Canisia Lubrin (2019)
  • Catherine Hernandez (2018)
  • Karen Solie (2017)
  • Emily Pohl-Weary (2015)
  • Stephen Heighton (2014)
  • Tim Wynne-Jones (2013)
  • Phil Hall (2012)
  • Diane Shoemperlin (2011)
  • Stuart Ross (2009)
  • Helen Humphries (2008)
  • Billeh Nickerson (2007)
  • Lillian Allan (2006)

As part of his residency Phil Hall developed the idea of the Page Lecture, an annual address in honour of Kingston author Joanne Page. In June 2015 Department of English Alumni Fund made a $25,000 gift to the endowed account of the Visiting Writers Fund in memory of Joanne Page to help secure its sponsorship of this annual event in the calendar of Creative Writing at Queen’s. The Department encourages donations to the Visiting Writers Fund accompanied by a note indicating that such donations are to be used in support of The Page Lectures.

This fund is also used to support the publication of Lake Effect, the biannual anthology, edited by Carolyn Smart, featuring the best poetry and fiction produced by students in our Creative Writing courses.

The generosity of Alumni can help to maintain this rich program of readings, lectures, publication, and mentorships which contribute so much to the experience of our students.

Give to The Writer’s Fund

Other Ways to Give

If you prefer to give in other ways, please contact:

Dr Sam McKegney, Head
Department of English
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153


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