Katherine Metcalf Nelson Writing and Creative Arts Awards Application

To encourage and recognize excellence in Honors courses, the Honors College gives cash awards to the best essays written and creative works produced annually in 4 different categories: first-year seminar, sciences, social sciences, and the arts. From the winning entries, the Honors Council also chooses a “Best Honors College Submission of the Year.”

These awards honor Katherine Metcalf Nelson, an educator, art historian, and art critic who possessed a love of interdisciplinary learning. Katie Nelson taught classes at Westminster College from 1975–87, including a number of team-taught seminars. She earned a BA from Stanford University and a MA in art history from UC Berkeley. The endowment that funds the awards was established through the generosity of Katie Nelson’s family.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled Westminster Honors College student
  • The 200-level seminar paper entered received an A or A- in the Fall 2022 or Spring 2022 semester (grades of winning papers will be confirmed with the instructors)

Award Amount

$1,000 per category


Submissions open March 15, 2023 and close March 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Submissions for the award are considered by the Honors Council.


You must upload a PDF copy of your paper to the application. No identifying features should be included in the PDF, including your name, your instructors’ names, the name of the class, etc.