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Dr. Harold Johnston is a 1941 graduate of Emory College who received his A.B. degree in both chemistry and English. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry and physics from the California Institute of Technology, and subsequently taught chemistry at Stanford, Caltech, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he became professor emeritus in 1991. His generous bequest, named the Harold T. and Mary E. Johnston English Endowment will annually support two prizes as follows: 

The English department awards one winner a $400 prize and a runner-up a $100 prize for the best work in an English 205 Poetry course, the only course required for all English majors and minors.  All awardees will be invited to share their work at the English Department's and Creative Writing Program's annual Awards Night.

Any major project composed in English 205 is eligible.


Previous Winners

Emma Lee (2023)

Faith Schofield (2023)