Lillian Wilds Shakespeare Scholarship
Professor Lillian Wilds (1926-1985) earned her B.A. (1962), her M.A. (1964), and her Ph.D. (1970) at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her book on Shakespeare’s Character Dramatists was published in 1975, and she published articles in Shakespeare Quarterly, Literature/Film Quarterly, and the Quarterly Review of Film Studies as well as in other journals. She taught Shakespeare’s plays at Cal Poly Pomona from 1968 until shortly before her death in 1985. The extraordinary quality of her work was recognized when she was selected as Cal Poly Pomona’s Outstanding Professor and its nominee for the 1982-1983 CSU Outstanding Professor award bestowed by the Trustees of the California State University.
Shortly after her death, the Lillian Wilds Scholarship was established with funds donated by her husband, Lee Wilds, and by colleagues and students who wanted to honor her pioneering work. Since its inception, her son Daniel Wilds and his wife, Linda, have generously made further contributions to the endowment, increasing the amount awarded to each winner. The Lillian Wilds Scholarship was first awarded in 1986. EFL faculty select and announce a winner of the scholarship each Spring Quarter.