Two West Virginia University English students have been awarded a graduate scholarship that honors the memory of a Department of English alumna.

Amy Colombo, who is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in creative writing, and Kylee Jordan, who is pursuing a masters degree in English, are the recipients of the Rebecca Mason Perry Award.

A native of Clarksburg, Colombo earned a bachelors degree in photography from the University of Georgia and her MFA in photography from the University of Delaware. She is the daughter of Rudy and Sondra Colombo.

Jordan, from Weston, graduated from Lewis County High School in May 2000 and earned a bachelors degree in English from WVU in May 2004. She is the daughter of Chip and Connie Jordan.

Established in 1983, the Perry award is given annually to outstanding first-year graduate students in English. The selection criteria is based on the studentsacademic achievements, quality of writing, professional activities and faculty recommendations.

The late Rebecca Mason Perry received her bachelors and masters degrees in English from WVU . Her parents, the late Kermit and Rebecca Mason, established the award in her memory shortly after her death in 1983.