2020 LAS Awards
KATHERINE KRISTINE PRITCHARD
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Reading has been Katherine (Katie) Pritchard’s passion her entire life, so earning a degree in English was a dream come true. One of her proudest achievements as an English major was getting an essay on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God published in the UCCS Undergraduate Research Journal. Being an English major at UCCS has been a wonderful experience that she will treasure. She will always value the relationships with her professors and fellow English majors. Ms. Pritchard’s professors rave about her. One described her as an “exemplary citizen of the classroom . . . [whose] desire to learn for learning's sake makes her truly exceptional.” Another stated simply, “Katie is the real McCoy.” Ms. Pritchard has been accepted to UCCS’s Master’s degree program in Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education and will be working at UCCS as a graduate assistant. She hopes to work in higher education to inspire other students of all ages and places in life to pursue their dreams of education.
JESSICA NOEL SCHROETLIN
Outstanding Undergraduate Student (Technical Communication & Information Design)
When Jessica was admitted to UCCS, she was so afraid that she almost did not go. She didn’t think she could succeed in, or pay for, a college education. Because of this, she made a deal with God: “I would do my best with every class and assignment if He would provide for and direct me.” In four and a half years, Jessica made the President’s List eight times; worked with eight clients; and learned practical skills, insights, perspectives, work ethic, and wisdom from amazing professors. Now, she is graduating summa cum laude, finishing school debt free, working as a grant writer, and is planning to intern as a technical writer at Compassion International. Jessica said “What these accomplishments reflect is God’s faithfulness, which provided for and directed my time at UCCS. I want to thank Him, my professors, and my incredible boyfriend and family for their support, encouragement, and investment during this season.”
The Annual Rubin-Dorsky Essay Prize in American Literature
The Rubin-Dorsky Prize was created in honor of Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky, who served as a Professor in the English Department at UCCS for twenty years, where he taught American literature, ethnic literatures, women’s writing, and global literatures. Professor Rubin-Dorsky is the author of Adrift in the Old World: The Psychological Pilgrimage of Washington Irving (1988) and is the coeditor of People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on their Jewish Identity (1996). He published extensively on writer Philip Roth, filmmaker Woody Allen, and the theme of Jewish identity in literature before retiring from UCCS in 2008. Rubin-Dorsky Essay Prize is designed to recognize the best student essay(s) in American literature.
BRIAN ORTIZ SOTO
The Evan J. Scott Endowed English Scholarship
Evan J. Scott (1907-1976) was one of the very first full-time faculty members at UCCS. He was the first chairman of the English Department and the campus's first emeritus professor. His scholarly demeanor drew respect from everyone who knew him, and he was also a kindly, generous human being. Privately, and with no fanfare, he provided money for the education of several minority students in the early days of this campus. When he died, Professor Scott left his books and journals, and his piano—his treasured worldly possessions—to UCCS. Education was Evan Scott's life and UCCS was his love. The Evan J. Scott Endowed English Scholarship fund provides scholarship awards to students who are majoring in English with emphasis in literature or secondary education. Brian Ortiz-Soto is an English major who has chosen the secondary education emphasis in English.
The Julie Welsh Memorial Scholarship
The Julie Welsh Memorial Scholarship is an award for continuing students at UCCS who have completed at least 12 credits of English and have a 3.0 Cumulative GPA or higher. The award seeks to benefit single parents with a strong scholarly record and a primary focus in English.
The Patricia Ann Gray Endowment Scholarship
The English Department was honored by a bequest from an alumna. After a successful 26-year career in the United States Air Force, Patricia A. Gray enrolled as a freshman at the age of 54 and became an English major. She graduated with honors in 1986. She was active in many organizations, including the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Retired Sergeants Major and Chiefs Association. After her death on 27 July 2009, she left a bequest for the English Department. The Department created a scholarship in her honor. Returning English majors of non-traditional age who maintain a 3.0 Cumulative GPA or higher and have completed at least nine (9) credits of 2000-level or above are eligible.
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