Writing

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence, record keeping and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, writing may have evolved through calendric and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

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Grand Valley State University

Four or more years; Public; $17,376 average out-state tuition; $12,306 average in-state tuition

The University of Texas at Austin

Four or more years; Public; $36,744 average out-state tuition; $10,398 average in-state tuition

Georgia Southern University

Four or more years; Public; $15,050 average out-state tuition; $4,264 average in-state tuition

DePauw University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $47,026 average out-state tuition; $47,026 average in-state tuition

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

Four or more years; Public; $23,928 average out-state tuition; $7,776 average in-state tuition

Saint Edward's University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $42,550 average out-state tuition; $42,550 average in-state tuition

El Paso Community College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $4,032 average out-state tuition; $2,256 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Writing Majors

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Patricia Cornwell Scholarship

Davidson College - Endowed Scholarships

$25,000 January 11, 2021 See Details
 

Patricia Cornwell Scholarship

Davidson College - Endowed Scholarships

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$25,000

deadline

January 11, 2021
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Joshua Adrian Garland Memorial Scholarship

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

$1,000 February 28, 2021 See Details
 

Joshua Adrian Garland Memorial Scholarship

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

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$1,000

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February 28, 2021
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Francisco "Frank" Maestas Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$500 February 15, 2021 See Details
 

Francisco "Frank" Maestas Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

award

$500

deadline

February 15, 2021
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Helen and Paul Schnare Scholarship

St. Charles Community College

Up to $500 April 01, 2021 See Details
 

Helen and Paul Schnare Scholarship

St. Charles Community College

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Up to $500

deadline

April 01, 2021
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Coronat Scholars Program

Syracuse University

100% of tuition Varies See Details
 

Coronat Scholars Program

Syracuse University

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100% of tuition

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AIER Internship

American Institute for Economic Research

Varies Varies See Details
 

AIER Internship

American Institute for Economic Research

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E.L. Bartlett Literary Criticism Prize

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Varies February 15, 2021 See Details
 

E.L. Bartlett Literary Criticism Prize

University of Alaska, Fairbanks

award

Varies

deadline

February 15, 2021
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