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Jordan Cole Wins 2017 ELF Award

By Shelly Hulme for TCU This Week

Jordan Cole (photo by Megan Bereznay)
Jordan Cole (photo by Megan Bereznay)

Meet Jordan Cole. A member of the John V. Roach Honors College, Cole is an accomplished student writer who is double majoring in education studies and English. She’s also the recipient of the prestigious Sandra Brown Excellence in Literary Fiction Award, which recognizes a TCU student who demonstrates academic excellence and significant potential as a fiction writer.

Cole submitted a collection of short stories centered around the common theme, what does it mean to grow up? Her distinct characters and plots build on the main character who is a combination of a young girl Cole used to babysit and the fictional children’s book character Eloise.

“From one idea of an over-imaginative four-year-old written in the notes of my phone came many other characters working through the same questions,” said Cole.

Cole, who hails from Oceanside, California, is currently working on her Honors thesis, which also will be fiction prose, under the English department.

The ELF award, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this fall, was endowed by Michael Brown to honor his wife, bestselling author, former TCU student and honorary doctorate recipient Sandra Brown. The award recognizes a student majoring in English or writing who has 54 or more credit hours and provides full tuition for his or her junior and senior years.