Each year, the English Department spotlights students of particular accomplishment or distinction by awarding several prizes. Those prizes are:
- The Mollie Mack Prize, given to recognize the most outstanding graduating woman student in English.
- The John Dryden award, given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated particular insight in the study of literature and a genuine love of reading.
- The Keck Scholarship, awarded to an English major of junior standing for use in his or her senior year. In awarding this scholarship, the English Department gives special consideration to a student pursuing training in writing rather than literature, and preferably a student planning to teach English and/or journalism.
In addition, each year the English Department faculty also nominate top students for membership in Phi Beta Kappa’s Delta Chapter of Oregon.