John T. Dukes Memorial Scholarship in English

The John T. Dukes Memorial Scholarship in English, originally established in 2000 as the John. T. Dukes Memorial Essay Prize in Composition and revised in 2021, honors the memory of John T. Dukes, father of University of Akron Department of English faculty member Dr. Thomas Dukes. John T. Dukes was an Army sergeant and barber whose long-held desire to pursue a degree in higher education was unfortunately prevented due to profound dyslexia. However, the inspiring example of his life led his son to pursue education and change the lives of students at The University of Akron. With this scholarship Dr. Dukes honors the memory of his father and uplifts students achieving their education. 



Who can enter:

Recipients of the scholarship shall be full-time undergraduate students pursuing degrees in English. At the time of application recipients must have either attained either junior or senior academic standing and carry at 3.0 GPA or higher. Recipients will be selected by the chairperson in the UA English Department. 

Submission Guidelines:

  • The John T. Dukes Memorial Scholarship will not be awarded during the 2022 Awards and Scholarship season.