Cornwell Family Scholarship

The Cornwell Family Scholarship is for full-time students who have declared a major in English.


1. Student enrolled full-time in good standing at WSU
2. A declared English major.
3. Demonstrated strong academic achievement, as evidenced by a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
4. Demonstrated financial need.


Susan Cornwell, a native of Minneapolis, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from WSU in 1973 and a master’s degree in English from WSU in 1975. She then joined the staff of WSU as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of English. Susan also contributed to the Winona area community by helping provide leadership on the Winona Health Board of Directors, Past President of the Winona Community Foundation, member of the Sequoia Society, S.O.F.A. (Save Our Fine Arts) committee, etc.

Jack Cornwell, a native of Winona, received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota’s College of Engineering in 1959. After working in commercial construction in Phoenix, Arizona, and St. Paul, Minnesota, Jack, along with Susan and their three daughters, came to Winona to work with his father in Kendell Lumber Company and Kendell Door and Hardware, Jack is a past president of Winona Rotary and former moderator and trustee of Winona’s First Congregation Church. He is a longtime supporter of Winona’s myriad philanthropic efforts.

Susan feels fortunate to have been able to complete her degree in Winona after her children were in school. WSU offered her a convenient and welcoming environment in which to achieve her educational goals. She is grateful for the high quality of professors and other staff members who eventually welcomed her into the English department as a peer.

Both Susan and jack are thankful to have the opportunity to modestly support WSU students. The entire Cornwell Family knows the life-changing, overwhelmingly positive impact a fine university like Winona State can and does have on its students and its community.

Cornwell Family Scholarship
College of Liberal Arts, English Department