The Marlboro Record

Friends of Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Create Writing Prize

One of the defining characteristics of a Marlboro education has been, and always will be, clear writing. It is therefore a very auspicious parting gesture that Marlboro College and friends of Ellen McCulloch-Lovell have established a student prize for writing, in honor of Ellen’s 11 years as president of the college. The prize commemorates Ellen’s devotion to education and the arts, lived out through her career as a leader and a poet.

“Leading Marlboro College was the apex of a career devoted to advancing education, the arts, and humanities for the betterment of our state and the nation,” said Mara Williams, chief curator of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, who spearheaded creation of the prize. “I wanted there to be a living legacy to honor Ellen’s service to ideals I hold dear.”  

Mara’s idea encouraged Marlboro College Trustee Phil Steckler to direct a leadership gift to the prize, launching a giving campaign with Windham County friends of the college. To date, more than $45,000 has been raised from 47 donors. The prize will be awarded for the first time at Commencement 2016.

The Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Prize in Writing will recognize both achievement and promise in writing—fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction—and encourage emerging writers to keep developing their craft at the college. Each year, recipients will alternate between Marlboro College undergraduate and graduate students, making this the first academic prize to include students on both campuses.

“Ellen’s passion for writing and her understanding of the importance of supporting both graduate and undergraduate students—with recognition of excellence and financial support—became the defining elements of the prize,” said Mara.

Contributions of all sizes are invited to honor Ellen’s presidency. To participate, please complete the online giving form and enter Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Prize in the “Comments” section. Or contact the development office at (802) 251-7624.