CLA Scholarships and Awards
for New and Continuing Students

With the help of our generous donors, the College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships for both beginning and continuing students. Beginning student scholarships are announced mid-February to early March. Continuing student scholarships are typically awarded later in the spring. Scholarships are available to any College of Liberal Arts student enrolled at the Purdue University- West Lafayette campus. 

Beginning Students for Academic Year 2018-19

//New Freshmen

Merit-only Scholarships

To ensure maximum consideration for Purdue scholarships, future freshmen applying for fall should complete and submit their application for admission and all required material to Purdue University for a major in the College of Liberal Arts by the November 1 Early Action admission application deadline. A limited number of additional Liberal Arts college and departmental merit scholarships will be awarded to admitted Liberal Arts students who complete the Purdue Supplemental Scholarship Application by January 1.

Theatre majors are eligible to complete the Theatre Department scholarship application.

Liberal Arts majors are eligible to apply for the Dammon Dean's Scholars Program, a unique opportunity for select students. This program includes networking opportunities with the Dean and other Liberal Arts faculty and top students, as well as a scholarship. An additional essay is required to apply.

If you have questions about merit scholarships, please contact us at

Merit plus Financial Need Scholarships

There are some College scholarships that are given based on merit AND financial need as determined by the FAFSA. We encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 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 and are enrolled at Purdue University- West Lafayette Campus, 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 January 1

Unless otherwise noted, CLA College-wide scholarships require:

1.  A completed Supplemental Scholarship Application. (Students complete the application only once, even if applying for multiple scholarships.)

2. Your essay for the scholarship you are targeting emailed to

See additional departmental scholarships and awards by clicking on the button to the left that corresponds with your department or school. Additional requirements, application details, and contacts are listed. (Note that some awards, such as "Outstanding Senior," may be selected by faculty without an application process.)

Continuing student scholarship notifications will begin in March. 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. January 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:
College of Liberal Arts
Purdue University Beering Hall
100 N. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098

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

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