Awarded annually to a deserving student proceeding from Second to Third year or Third to Fourth year in an honours program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with an emphasis on Medieval Studies in literature, history, art, philosophy or religion. Recipients will demonstrate financial need, must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrants or protected persons) and must meet OSAP’s Ontario residency requirements. Endowed in 2007 by friends and colleagues of Douglas and Anna Wurtele. Revised 2009.
Douglas Wurtele was a long-serving faculty member of the Department of English and a well-known and much-published scholar of medieval literature and religion. In 1979, he founded Florilegium, a journal of Medieval and Ancient Studies and remained its editor for 18 years until Florilegium was adopted as the official journal of the Canadian Society of Medievalists in 1997. From 1990 to 1998 he was editor of English Studies in Canada, the quarterly journal of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Anna Wurtele (wife of Douglas) also taught English literature at Carleton and, in addition to her own academic work, inspired and assisted Douglas in his academic endeavours. Both Douglas and Anna were devoted to their students who were their “family”.