Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship


We just opened submissions for the 2023-2024 academic year's Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son, a poet, Kevin T. Early. It awards $2000 to a student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2023-2024 school year. The deadline for application is Friday, February 9, 2024. 

For consideration, students must submit 5 poems via email to: The complete submission should not exceed 5 pages (so 1 poem to a page). Submissions should be attached to the email as .docx (Word) files. 

The subject line of the email should read: “EARLY PRIZE SUBMISSION: Last name.” 

The body of the email should include the student's name, address, phone number, e-mail, UIN, and the titles of the poems. The name should not appear on the entry file itself. If you have any questions, please email me at