Every spring, the English Department gives cash awards to students for outstanding performance. These awards are named for two esteemed former Chairs of the English Department, Dr. Coleman Arnold and Dr. W. B. Jones.
Dr. William Bristow Jones (1881-1958) was a Georgetown College alumnus and member of Kappa Alpha (inducted 1905). He was Professor of English and Chair of the English Department for many years. He served as acting president of Georgetown College in October 1930.
Dr. John Coleman Arnold (1902-1987) was Professor of English for twenty-eight years; much of that time, he was also Chair of English. He served on the Publications Committee (which oversaw the Georgetonian) and served with the nominating committee from the Board of Trustees in selecting a new president for Georgetown College.
The Coleman Arnold Award for Excellence in Research
Given to the student who writes the best research-based paper in an upper-division English class. Professors may nominate students’ papers, or students may submit their own papers to Dr. Barbara Burch.
The W. B. Jones Award for Upper-class Poetry
Given to the student or students submitting the best poem or group of poems. The submissions for this cash award should be given to Dr. Barbara Burch.
The W. B. Jones Award for Upper-class Prose
Given to the student or students submitting the best short fiction or prose nonfiction. The submissions for this cash award should be given to Dr. Barbara Burch.
The W. B. Jones Award for Best Freshman Writing
Presented to the freshman who best demonstrates writing ability in fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry. Professors may nominate students’ work, or students may submit their own work to Dr. Barbara Burch by the last week in March.