Alex Weirich Memorial Scholarship

In 2000, the Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies (RWDMS) area created a memorial scholarship for one of our former graduate students, Alex Weirich.

Alex was a superb argumentative writer and thinker who promised to contribute a great deal to the scholarship of rhetoric and composition studies.

Alex’s research focused on the history of rhetoric, technology studies, and gender identity. Alex received a Syracuse University fellowship to the composition and cultural rhetoric doctoral program. He was attending this program when he died.

The Alex Weirich Memorial Scholarship is awarded to graduate students in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies (RWDMS) English MA program. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding ability and interest in one or more of Alex’s areas of expertise: history of rhetoric, technology, and/or gender identity.


In order to qualify as a recipient, you must be enrolled in the Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies (RWDMS) area of the graduate English program. You also must be in your second year of coursework or the equivalent in course hours.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit:

  • a letter of application stating their academic and career goals
  • a current transcript
  • a writing sample from one of your Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media Studies (RWDMS) courses; this sample must exemplify exceptional writing and thinking skills in one or more of these areas

Applications must be submitted by the scholarship deadline, which you can find under "Scholarships" in "Financial Assistance," to the following address:

Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale
English Department
PO Box 6032
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6032

Recipients of this award are notified by April 15th.