Barbara A. "Katie" Welch Scholarship

The Barbara A. “Katie” Welch Scholarship honors the memory of beloved Professor Katie Welch who began her career in 1968 in the English Department at Westfield State College. She taught with wit and erudition sharing her passion for music, dance, theater and the visual arts and the diverse cultures of the world that she travelled joyfully. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Katie had a fierce sense of justice and fairness, and she insisted that the college pursue these virtues.

Teaching gave Katie great joy because it enabled her to impart these passions to her students. Thus she enriched the lives of many at Westfield State, not only her students, but her colleagues as well.

Award Details:
Recipient receives a one-time, non-renewable award


  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at Westfield State.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students majoring in English or Theater.
  • Applicants are required to write a 300-word essay and must be actively involved in community and campus life.

The Barbara A. "Katie" Welch Scholarship
Majoring in English
Supplemental Questions
  1. In a 300 word or less Essay: Describe the role literature and all arts play in people's lives and specifically in yours. Please NOTE: The essay should be well-organized. Think about being specific rather than vague, being creative and novel in your response. Think about anchoring your thoughts to specific examples from literature and/or the other arts.