Harper Fund Award

Application Deadline: June 26

In honor of SAMLA past president George Mills Harper, SAMLA established the Harper Fund Award to provide graduate students with travel funds to attend the annual conference. Professor Harper’s academic career spanned over 50 years, and he provided exceptional leadership and service to the association.

From his early years on the family farm in the Ozarks to his matriculation from Culver-Stockton College to UNC-Chapel Hill to his later chairmanship of the English Department at Florida State University, Harper concentrated his writing and research efforts in Irish studies, particularly focusing on W. B. Yeats. In 1981, Dr. Harper received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in recognition for his critical work in studying Yeats and the occult.

SAMLA and the Harper Fund committee are eager to grant travel funds to graduate students who possess a keen interest in the humanities in order to present at the annual SAMLA conference. Please note that all applicants must have an accepted presentation for the respective conference to be considered for this honorarium. To apply, graduate students should complete the Harper Fund Award Application form, and submit the following documents to the SAMLA office via email by June 26th:

  • An abstract of your accepted 2015 SAMLA Conference presentation
  • Your CV

As a memorial fund for Dr. Harper, The Harper Fund is maintained through your generous donations. You may make donations directly via our online Harper Fund Donation form or during your membership submission/renewal or conference registration processes. You may also donate by purchasing a SAMLA mug for $10.

 Please contact Paul Donnelly at pdonnelly@gsu.edu or 404.413.5816 with any questions.