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The John J. McKenna Graduate Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction and the John J. McKenna Undergraduate Scholarship in Creative Nonfiction

 

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Established in the fall of 2011 through the generous contribution of the Kinney Family Foundation, the John J. McKenna Graduate Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction and the John J. McKenna Undergraduate Scholarship in Creative Nonfiction is named in honor of one of the founders of the Creative Nonfiction program at UNO. The program includes both the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing and undergraduate concentration in Creative Nonfiction in UNO's English Department.

Professor McKenna, a celebrated teacher, writer, and scholar, retired from the Department of English in Spring of 2011 after more than forty years of teaching and service to the University.

His legacy is commemorated by the generousity of benefactors Yvette and Doug Kinney, who established the funds to honor Ms. Kinney's former teacher and mentor and to support both undergraduate and graduate students devoted to the study creative nonfiction. Yvette Kinney was the first student to earn the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing at UNO.

Funding is available for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students interested in eligibility guidelines and applying should follow the information links for the Undergraduate Scholarship or the Graduate Fellowship and should be aware that the deadline for application is Monday, March 10, 2014. Students winning awards for next year will be honored at the English Department's upcoming Honoring Ceremony on April 25, 2014.