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Reading Culture: Scholarship

Fall 2020 - Syria

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Prize Requirements (In Progress)

We will award one first place scholarship award of $1000 and two second place awards of $500. Funds will be available for your Spring 20201 tuition.

The reflective essay can be submitted to the Reading Culture Canvas Course before the presentation! (If you are not in the Canvas Course, fill out the form below!)

The Reflective Essay

The deadline for essay submission to the Canvas course is 11:59 pm November 16.

  • Essays for consideration will be roughly 750 words.
  • Essays will use correct MLA or APA format to avoid plagiarism. This includes a Works Cited / Reference page and internal / parenthetical citations. Go here for more information:
  • Essays should include your name, student ID number, and contact information in the upper left corner of the first page.
  • Essays will be submitted to the submission box on the homepage of the Reading Culture Canvas page. If you have not registered for that page, go here and scroll down to the bottom: (You are currently on this page, so just scroll down and fill out the form to join!
  • Two book discussions will take place online.Information to join will be posted on the Canvas homepage within one hour of each event.

Students will submit a written reflection of at least 500-750 words, typed, in correct MLA or APA format. The reflection should contain the author’s name, student ID number, and contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. You will submit your reflection to Canvas any time before November 16. Essays not submitted by 11:59 pm on Monday, November 16 will not be considered.

Your reflection should be a cohesive essay that explains your new understanding of Syrian culture based on the reading you chose (from the two selections). Your reflection should develop a thesis statement effectively, using support points that consist of evidence from multiple sections of the novels and/or Reading Culture events. This evidence will consist of specific details, quotations, and/or paraphrases that you explain/interpret/analyze adequately. It should conform to the standards of edited American English and adhere to MLA or APA guidelines for documentation.

You can use one of the following questions to guide your writing.

  • In what ways have your sense of yourself, your values, or your sense of “community” been impacted or altered by the experience of reading this novel?
  • How has the experience of reading this novel challenged any stereotypes or prejudices you might have?
  • What realizations, lessons, or insights that you have learned?
  • Will the experience of reading this novel change the way you act or think?
  • Which particular parts of the novel stood out to you? What was your favorite aspect and why? What surprised you the most?
  • Which characters did you find fascinating? What would you say if you had a chance to speak to any of the characters?
  • What is something major that you have discovered about yourself through reading the novel?
  • Now that you have read the novel, what would you like to learn more about? What one question still stands out in your mind?
  • What connections can you make between the novel and things happening in the world?

Academic Integrity

All work you submit must be your own. The point of this is not to present a research paper on the novel, so limit your use of sources to the novel you read and the events you attended. When you use the novel and events to enhance your writing or presentation, you must clearly distinguish between your words and ideas and theirs at all times, making sure to cite appropriately in the text.

All written work, including the essay and the event summaries, will be submitted to through the Canvas shell. Any written work demonstrating evidence of plagiarism will be disqualified.


  • Campus Writing Center: For real-time tutoring, call 713-718-8184 to set up an appointment.
  • Upswing: (Plan for this to take at least three days)
  • Faculty listed on Reading Culture website

Important: you must use your HCC email address to request access to the Canvas Course!

Scholarships Available!

Students who read the book, participate in at least two events, do an open mic presentation, and write a reflective essay have the chance to compete for a scholarship, courtesy of the HCC Foundation! Three scholarships are available; one for $1,000 and two for $500 each. The scholarships awarded this semester are for use in Fall 2020.

Fall 2019 Finalists

Congratulations to the Fall 2019 Scholarship competition finalists!

  • Shamaila Chaklashia
  • Delia Legier
  • Alanna Caren Carneiro
  • Chidimma Ebubedike
  • Olukemi Ekundayo
  • Khadija Jibril
  • Ghazala Haj Khalil
  • Zahraa Tamimie
  • Seda Yilmaz

Spring 2019 Finalists

Congratulations to the Spring 2019 Scholarship competition finalists!

  • Aminat Adeyinka
  • Silvia Comsa
  • Ipek Ilker Elci
  • Daniel Jibunor
  • Lara Mahmoud
  • Anushka Mandot
  • Hong Nguyen

Fall 2018 Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to the Fall 2018 Scholarship Essay Finalists

  • Kimberly Amaro

  • Amanda Dupre

  • Vinh Le

  • Junaid Mahmoud

Spring 2018 Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to the Spring 2018 Scholarship Essay Finalists

  • Noelia Alvarez

  • Huy Nguyen

  • Jonathan Raj

  • Namita Singh

  • Natalia Correa Usubillaga

Fall 2017 Scholarship Finalists

Fall 2017 Scholarship Essay Finalists

  • Nhi Bui

  • Anjelique Duplechin

  • Kendra Minoza

  • Alexis Sorto

Spring 2017 Scholarship Finalists

Spring 2017 Scholarship Essay Finalists

Alphabetical by last name

  • Mariana Cruz

  • Tien Le

  • Kendra Minoza

  • Yu Ying Weng


Fall 2016 Scholarship Finalists

Fall 2016 Scholarship Essay Finalists

Alphabetical by last name

  • Bisola Awotunde

  • Ryan Chew

  • Gloria Flores

  • Virginia Rodriguez

  • Dominique Sumpter

  • Kamal Windom

Spring 2016 Scholarship Recipients

Reading Culture Scholarship recipients for Spring 2016

$1,000  recipient is Sumayyah Khan

$500 recipient is Rabab Mohamed

$500  recipient is Son Nguyen

Fall 2015 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following students:

1.  Natalie Valentine, recipient of the $1,000 scholarship

2.  Lyudmyla Morhun-Le,  recipient  of a $500 scholarship

3. Giok Boothe, recipient of a $500 scholarship


The other finalists for Fall 2015:

Alona Makarenka

Elda Piedade

Elizabeth Reyan


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