Multiple awards were given out to promising students at Thursday’s Department of English Awards Ceremony, but none were more coveted than the full-tuition Sandra Brown Excellence in Literary Fiction Scholarship (ELF).
The scholarship was created in 2008 by Sandra and Michael Brown to provide full tuition to a rising junior who demonstrates both academic excellence and significant potential as a fiction writer. This year’s award was given to sophomore English major Nicholas Barnette and presented by Chancellor Victor Boschini.
Barnette was notified a month ago that he won. He wants to continue as a writer and possibly teach in his future.
“I plan to graduate and continue writing,” Barnette said. “I have always loved writing and I always write no matter what classes I’m in.”
Sandra Brown is a former TCU student who grew up in Fort Worth. She is the author of more than 65 New York Times best-sellers and has sold over 80 million books.
Brown’s husband, Michael, came up with the idea for the scholarship in his wife’s namesake.
“He thought it would be a tribute to me and a help to students who aspire to write for a living to start a scholarship in my name,” Brown said.
Brown wants other Horned Frog writers to take Barnette’s lead and cultivate their writing potential.
“It’s essential that you try to write something every single day,” Brown said. “It’s a craft just like anything else that has to be cultivated, that has to be honed. You can’t be a writer without actually sitting down and writing.”
Writers interested in applying for future ELF scholarships can contact Dr. Dan Williams at email@example.com.