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Ruhlman Award

The Brother Frank Ruhlman, S.M., Award of Excellence for Literary Achievement provides a $500 scholarship to a UD undergraduate who demonstrates excellence in writing that has been published in University publications (electronic or print) over the previous 12 months. Established in 1975, the award memorializes Brother Francis Ruhlman, S.M., who directed the University Libraries from 1920 through the 1950s. 

Materials Considered

Only materials appearing in University publications (electronic or print) over the previous 12 months are eligible. Only undergraduates are eligible. Applications are evaluated based on clarity, creativity, and range. For this reason, it is strongly encouraged to submit multiple eligible pieces. 

Submission Guidelines

To be considered for the award, authors need to provide the following:

  • Cover sheet (.pdf) with author and publication information (this must accompany your submission)
  • Up to 5 eligible pieces.

Email the cover sheet along with your submissions as attachments to Sarah Cahalan at Applications are due in mid-February.

For more information, please contact the Ruhlman Award committee chair, Sarah Cahalan at 


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