Daniel Keyes Family Endowed Scholarship


Scholarship Form Link, Deadline March 22nd 2018


The family of American writer Daniel Keyes (1927-2014) has generously established a scholarship for full- or part-time English majors at Wayne State University. Keyes’ acclaimed short story, "Flowers for Algernon," won a Hugo Award in 1960.  In 1961 he moved to Detroit to teach at Wayne State.  It was here that he revised the story into novel of the same name, which won a Nebula Award in 1966 and was made into a film called CHARLY in 1968.  Flowers for Algernon went on to sell more than five million copies and to become a staple of English classes.


According to his family, Keyes saw empathy as the unifying thread throughout his body of work, which includes several novels and short stories. Keyes spoke publicly about the importance of teaching empathy, believing this was a crucial component in the effort to combat violence and social disconnection. This scholarship, in turn, is designed to create a new and lasting ripple effect of kindness and compassion with each student awarded. Therefore, to show their interest in cultivating this mindset, applicants must submit a 500-750 word essay on the topic of empathy as part of their application.


The scholarship amount for the 2018-1019 academic year is $1000. Applicants must be in good academic standing, full- or part-time, but there is no minimum GPA.  First-time applicants will be considered before renewals.



·         Cover letter of 250 words or less, demonstrating financial need and if applicable, describing the applicant’s interest in creative writing (preferred but not required)

·         Unofficial WSU transcript, saved as a pdf

·         Essay of 500-750 words addressing their personal thoughts on empathy (for example: how empathy has been shown to them, empathy they have witnessed being shown to others, and how the applicant may be an agent of empathy in the world and why that's important)


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