Rebecca Gates is this year's American Scholar Prize winner!

The English department is pleased to announce that Rebecca Gates was chosen as the winner of the department's American Scholar Prize. She will be presented with her award at the English Department Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 17.

The American Scholar Prize award was created by Dr. Linda Halisky, former English Department Chair and College of Liberal Arts Dean, to recognize an English major whose passion for literature is palpable. The $500 prize is awarded to a Cal Poly English major who exhibits an interest in literature and language – someone who is “lit up” by literature. Rebecca's essay was chosen from among the many outstanding entries we received; thanks to all who submitted applications.

In her short essay, Rebecca writes that literature “is not the mere gathering of words. It is the creative mind with its hands dirty, finding the figure in the stone. It is the union of the original, the beautiful, and the prophetic.” Her essay demonstrates that she understands the power of literature and its ability to help us understand the human condition.


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