Department of English

New Creative Writing Prize to Honor Ellen Engler Burks

Mon, August 25, 2008

Ellen Engler Burks was born in New Braunfels, Texas on June 7, 1977. She graduated from UT in 1999 with a BA in English, and married her college sweetheart, Johathan Burks, right after graduation. Ellen loved reading, research and writing: her favorite classes were her poetry classes, especially those taught by Professor Betty Sue Flowers. Her passion for words, arguments, and analysis led her to choose a career as an attorney. In law school she was a key member of the nationally renowned Moot Court team, and her excellent writing skills helped her to win a job at the firm of Powers & Frost in Houston. One of her proudest achievements was the completion of a sports law paper (written while in the hospital) that was presented at a major national conference.

Ellen will always be remembered for her unwavering love, her open ear, her beautiful smile, her sparkling eyes, her strength and determination, and her open heart. She had an endless capacity to love and accept all people. She lived a short life but made a lifetime of memories. Ellen died August 25, 2007.

This scholarship in her memory has been established by her husband, family, and many friends who love her and want her to always be remembered. She would want to help someone who loved English like she did to complete his or her degree.


 Marcie Alexander 

 Marcie Alexander, a senior English major from Comanche, Texas, is the first winner of the Ellen Engler Burks Memorial Scholarship for her short story, “Itch.”  Congratulations to Marcie on her fine achievement.


Chuck & Gail Engler, Marcie Alexander, Betty Sue Flowers, Elizabeth Cullingford, and Jonathan Burks.

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