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Harry Rusche joined the English Department in 1962; he has over the years taught and mentored students in early modern literature and poetry. The many alumni who remain in touch with Dr. Rusche testify to their memorable relationships with him and his wife, both in and out of the classroom.

The Harry and Sue Rusche Scholarship Fund was created in 2003 with a generous gift from one of Dr. Rusche's former students. Since then, other grateful alumni have contributed to the fund; since 2010 the accumulated endowment has been administered by the English Department and awarded to an undergraduate of outstanding achievement.

The English Department invites rising senior English majors to apply for a $5,000 tuition grant from the Harry and Sue Rusche Scholarship endowment. The award is open to rising senior majors of outstanding achievement; students who are already receiving other Emory merit-based awards or courtesy scholarships cannot receive additional financial assistance from this award. For a student who is receiving need-based financial aid, this award will normally replace loan support in the financial aid package

Previous Winners

Tiffany Low (2023)

Eileen Hernandez (2022)

Rhea Gupta (2022)

Audrey Ruan (2021)

Stephen Altobelli (2021)

Paige Safchik (2020)

Delaney Sheldon (2020)

Moira Meijaard (2019)

Nathan Blansett (2018)

Montserrat Zamora (2018)

Nora Sullivan (2017)

Kaitlyn Posa (2016)