IRVING, Texas — Mary Couture of Sidney was among the first group of inductees to gain membership into the University of Dallas chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international honor society for English founded in 1924. The organization’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.

In addition, Sigma Tau Delta makes available to its members scholarships and internships, as well as publication of both critical and creative writing.

Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English, have a minimum 3.2 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale in English and 3.0 in general scholarship, and have completed at least three semesters of college course work.

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