In Memoriam: Tom Bonner
Tom was born and raised in Georgetown, SC. His undergraduate degree was at the College of Charleston; his masters was at USC. He came to Midlands Technical College in 1971 and taught in the English Department until his death in December 2005. Although he taught a wide variety of courses in our department, Tom was particularly devoted to his American Literature classes for many years. The Tom Bonner Memorial Award seeks to perpetuate his devotion to literary study by awarding to a Midlands Technical College student a scholarship for a research paper completed as part of a 200-level literature class each year.
Tom always had a sense of humor about his teaching and a good story to tell, sometimes on his students and sometimes on himself. He was remarkable for being our most seasoned instructor, and yet he could still be surprised (and amused!) by his students.
Elegy for Tom Bonner
Tom had Low Country grace. He was really finer
Tom wasn’t a man of shared destinations.
He was a quill kind of guy in the midst of mouse nudgers.
It’s very telling that he treasured a field grade L.C.
The Tom Bonner Memorial award is given to a student in a 200 level literature class who has produced an outstanding research essay on a work of literature. Instructors will be looking for high quality essays that demonstrate students’ ability to analyze works of literature and support their analysis with a substantial number of secondary sources.
A cash award will be given to the student whose essay is deemed best by the Tom Bonner Memorial Award Committee. The student will also be recognized at the Midlands Technical College Awards Ceremony.
The student must be a non-transient student, must have received an “A” or “A-” on the paper, and must be nominated by his or her instructor in the course. The work must be entirely the student’s own, except for advice received from the instructor, ASC tutors or other appropriate mentors. The paper must have been written for a 200 level course in the preceding spring, summer, or fall terms, with the award presented in the following April. A student who has won the award may not apply a second time.
The essay must be an in-depth analysis of one or more pieces of literature, written for a 200 level English course.
The essay must contain a substantial number of secondary sources, supportive of the student’s analysis.
The essay must adhere to MLA format:
proper use of quotes to support the student’s analysis
correct parenthetical citations within the body of the essay
a Works Cited page that adheres to MLA guidelines
A folder must be submitted containing the following:
the student’s essay
copies of the articles used in his or her research (copies of title pages for books).
an electronic version of the student’s essay.