Sheila J. Tombe Award for Outstanding English Major

Tombe Sheila picEach spring, the Department of English and Theatre awards the Sheila J. Tombe Award for Outstanding English Major. This award recognizes the outstanding graduating senior in English who has maintained a strong GPA within the university and the major, and whose written work and participation inside and outside the classroom are recognized for excellence.

The Tombe Award honors Dr. Sheila J. Tombe, who taught Shakespeare at USCB for many years and retired as an associate professor in 2008. Professor Tombe was the 2006-07 recipient of the SC Arts Commission Poetry Fellowship. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has studied in Scotland, Spain, and the U.S. She taught English in Spain and Spanish in Japan. She edited Apostrophe: USCB Journal of the Arts for ten years, and acted for Lowcountry Shakespeare, Rogues and Vacaboundes, The Rafael Sabatini Players, and Beaufort Repertory Company (roles include Shirley Valentine, Queen Gertrude and Lady Macbeth). Her poetry (in English) has been published in Alembic, Eclipse, Rosebud, Yemassee, Fortnight (Northern Ireland), Mindful Living, A Millennial Sampler of SC Poetry, and Essence of Beaufort: she is also recipient of the first Gival Press Prize for poetry in Spanish (“Velázquez pinta en color por primera vez”), published in Poetry Without Borders.

Past Winners

  • 2012: Stefny Ankney & Luke Kerr-Dineen (co-winners)
  • 2011: Reid Kirkpatrick & Lindsey Upton (co-winners) 
  • 2010: Joe Vermilyea 
  • 2009: Megan Summers 
  • 2008: Heather Denardo 
  • 2007: Rebecca Varicak 
  • 2006: James McTeer 
  • 2005: Jennifer Hampton & James Frazier (co-winners)