Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3700
fax: (248) 370-4429

A hand holding an Oakland University pen over a notebook.


The English, Creative Writing and Film Department relies upon donations from our alumni and friends to bring writers and scholars to campus for readings and lectures; to support student research and student travel to conferences; and to make special acquisitions of books, films, or equipment. Each year, the Department also awards up to $12,000 in scholarships to our majors on the basis of both merit and need.

You can make a secure online donation to the department using the "Make my gift now" button below, and then click on the "Your gift. Your choice." button to search for these funds, or click on the fund below to link to it directly.

English Gift Fund (37519) - supports initiatives, activities, the mission, and operation of the Department of English. 

Creative Writing Gift Fund (37518) - supports initiatives, activities, the mission, and operation of the Creative Writing program.

Film Studies and Production (Cinema Studies) Gift Fund (30519) - supports initiatives, activities, the mission, and operation of the Film Studies and Production program.

English Student Enrichment Fund (37520) - supports student research and student travel to conferences and workshops; and to make special acquisition of books, films, or equipment.

Cheryl Cole Pope Scholarship Gift Fund (31106) - Established by Natalie Bell Cole and her family in memory of her sister Cheryl Cole Pope, this fund makes awards to students enrolled in our English M.A. program.

Jenna Elyse Balabuch Study Abroad Awards (68739) - Established by Mark and Susan Balabuch in memory of their daughter Jenna, who was a student in our department, this fund provides opportunities for students to participate in study abroad programs, especially British Studies at Oxford.

Linda McCloskey English Award Endowment for Writing Excellence (61192) - Created by Andrew (SBA '98) and Jeanine (CAS '00) McCloskey to honor Andrew's mother, Linda McCloskey (CAS '84 and '87), longtime Professor of English at Oakland University, this endowed scholarship make awards to undergraduate students majoring in English who display writing excellence.

Maurice Brown Memorial Poetry Reading Endowed Fund (61100) Established by Judith K. Brown, distinguished professor emerita of anthropology, to honor her late husband, Maurice F. Brown, who was a Professor of English and loved poetry.  The endowment supports the annual Maurice F. Brown Poetry Reading, which has been taking places since 1988.

Make my gift now