The Dr. Barbara Pell Scholarship is awarded to an exceptional Honours English Student returning for a fourth year at TWU.
The TWU English Department committee selects a student with consideration of academic achievement and financial need.
Dr. Barbara Pell, Professor of English, passed away on March 9, 2009, after a battle with cancer. Her fields of research were religion and Canadian literature, but her love was the classroom. She began teaching at TWU in September 1985. With passion and energy, she instilled in her students an appreciation of literature, and an exactitude and enthusiasm for writing well.
Pell excelled in her field, publishing major studies on Christian aspects of Canadian literature, co-founding the Conference on Christianity and Literature Study Group, and earning a respected place in the field of theological literary criticism. Her dedication to teaching was honoured in 2006 with the Kenneth R. Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2008 with the Leading Women’s Award in the category of Education, Training, and Development.
Throughout her life she demonstrated the vision of a pioneering spirit through her Christian charity, leadership skills, and selfless dedication to her profession and her students. She is greatly missed by the entire TWU community.