CLA Scholarships and Awards for the 2016-17 School Year

With the help of our generous donors, the College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships for both beginning and continuing students. Awards are typically given at the departmental or school level for continuing students who excel in their studies.

Beginning Students

//New Freshmen

Merit-only Scholarships

Beginning students must have a completed University application by November 1 (including transcripts, test scores from the testing agency, and the application fee--or waiver).  All merit scholarships will be selected using information you submitted for admission to Purdue University.  No further information is needed.  You will be notified about any College scholarships no later than March 15.

Merit plus Financial Need Scholarships

There are some College scholarships that are given based on merit AND financial need.  If you have financial need based on the FAFSA, please fill out this application.  We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 in order to maximize consideration for all federal, state, and institutional funds they may be eligible to receive.

Continuing Students 

//Students who have completed at least one semester at Purdue, or are transferring from another institution

If you have a major in CLA, you are eligible to be considered for the scholarships listed for the button to the left titled "College-wide Scholarships." The scholarship application deadline for continuing students is February 15

Unless otherwise noted, CLA scholarships require:


1.  A completed application located here.

2.  A 250-300 word essay that includes information about what motivates you, your goals for the future, and the accomplishment you are most proud of. Please send the essay by midnight on February 15 to:

3. Additionally, please send an official transcript to  Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

Departmental scholarships are accessible by clicking on the button to the left that corresponds with your department or school.

Continuing student scholarship notifications will begin in July, 2016.

Note: Only students receiving a scholarship award will be notified of the outcome of the scholarship process. Continuing students will be notified about scholarships by the end of the spring semester.

Eligibility for Financial Assistance

Purdue University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for financial assistance. March 1 of each year is the priority filing deadline for the FAFSA. You can pick up this form from your high school guidance office or you can file online at If you have any questions about this application process or need assistance, you can email those questions to

Financial Aid Office

Computer access to student financial aid status is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the web (; students may also email questions to or fax information to 765-494-6707. Financial aid counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by telephone (765-494-5050) or in person (Schleman Hall, Room 305).

Private Scholarship Sources

You may also want to explore private scholarship opportunities in your community and online (i.e. FASTWEB  Many students receive scholarship support through the company or place of employment of parents or grandparents. There are a number of students receiving financial support from clubs or organizations in their hometown community and from clubs and organizations on campus

If you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Hart Dixon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Administration
College of Liberal Arts
Purdue University
BRNG 1290G
100 N. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
765-494-3731 (office)
765-494-3660 (fax)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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