-Bryce Bortree of Equinunk, was recently selected as this year’s winner of the Gary and Elizabeth Fincke Senior Portfolio Prize at Susquehanna University. As the winner, she received a $1,000 scholarship.
The prize is awarded annually to the senior creative writing major who submits the best collection of his or her works, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or excerpts from a novel or screenplay.
The portfolios are judged by an independent third party; this year’s judge was Claire Vaye Watkins, a visiting fiction writer. Bortree, a senior majoring in creative writing, is a 2009 graduate of Honesdale High School. She is the daughter of the late William and Isabel Bortree Gary Fincke is a professor of creative writing and director of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. He and his wife, Elizabeth, established the prize in order to give something back to the creative writing program by honoring an outstanding senior.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a residential, national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 35 states and 17 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation.
The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.