College Wide Scholarships

If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and are enrolled at Purdue University- West Lafayette,  you are eligible to be bonsidered for the scholarships listed on this page. Beginning students will be considered based on the materials they submitted to Purdue University for admission to the College of Liberal Arts. Continuing students only need to fill out the supplemental scholarship application one time and send their essay and application for each specific scholarship to clascholarships@purdue.edu. Additional scholarships and any additional requirements are described on the departmental pages.

Eloise Warren Dean's Scholar Award

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

For an incoming student who has been selected to participate in the Dean's Scholar Program.

To Apply:

By invitation. For more information, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu


Karen and Norm Blake Dean's Scholar Award

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

For an incoming student who has been selected to participate in the Dean's Scholar Program

To Apply:

By invitation. For more information, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu


The Kendra Becker Lewis Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Kendra Becker Lewis Scholarship is available to Liberal Arts students in any major who are Indiana residents.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

 

If you have any questions, please contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu


Barbara S. Walters Dean's Scholar Award

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

For an incoming student who has been selected to participate in the Dean's Scholar Program.

To Apply:

By Invitation. For more information, contact clascholarships@purdue.edu.


The Liberal Arts Alumni Board Scholarship

The Liberal Arts Alumni Board Scholarship was established in December 2001 with gifts from the members of the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board and others. Income is used to support scholarships for juniors and seniors in the College of Liberal Arts.

Members of the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board use their education, creativity, and dedication to serve Purdue and the College of Liberal Arts. The mission of the Board is:

To engage College of Liberal Arts alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends with the College and the University while fostering their sense of pride for Purdue and the College of Liberal Arts.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Liberal Arts Alumni Board Scholarship is available to any Purdue student who is currently a student and who will be a junior or senior during the next school year. The scholarship is based on merit and volunteer service to the community or the University. Students must have financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA.

To Apply:

To apply for this scholarship, please do the following:

1. Complete the application located here.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue

3. Complete the FAFSA by the deadline.

4. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact  CLAscholarships@purdue.edu


Katie Douglas Perseverance and Inspiration Merit Scholarship

Katie Douglas played basketball for Purdue and helped lead the Boilermakers to the NCAA Women's Division One basketball championship in 1999. She graduated with a degree in Communication in 2001 and has played professional basketball for the Orlando Miracle, the Connecticut Sun, and the Indiana Fever. This scholarship, funded by an anonymous donor, is in honor of her perseverance and inspiration on and off the basketball court.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

This merit scholarship is for an undergraduate student with a major in the College of Liberal Arts who exemplifes the characteristics that Katie Douglas demonstrated in life and on the basketball court.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship and a description of how your experience fits the intent of the donor as reflected in the scholarship description.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Esther J. Kaminski Study Abroad Scholarship

This endowment was established in October 2007 in honor and memory of Esther J. Kaminski by her parents, Peter Kaminski III and Arlene B. Kaminski, and her brother, Peter Kaminski IV. Esther J. Kaminski (Psychology) was a member of the Purdue’s women’s Rugby team, Women’s Leadership and Vice President of PAL.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Esther J. Kaminski Study Abroad Scholarship is available to a Purdue student who has been accepted into a Purdue Study Abroad program. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit (a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required) and financial need (as determined by the FAFSA).

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Complete FAFSA by the deadline.

4. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

 

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Kathleen G. Kisselburgh Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Kathleen G. Kisselburgh Memorial Scholarship is available to any Purdue student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts facing unusually challenging conditions. These may include (but are not limited to): a. Disability; b. High financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA; c. Being a non-traditional student.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


The Jill P. and Robert E. May Scholarship for Honors Program Transfer Students

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

Awarded each year to a CLA transfer student with a gpa of at least 3.3 who is a sophomore or junior in any major, and who is participating in the Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts. The award is renewable, as long as the recipient continues to take at least two Honors courses per academic year and maintains good standing in the Honors Program (3 year maximum).

To Apply:

Send a copy of your most recent transcript; a paper or other project that represents your best work in an Honors course; a letter of recommendation from a professor; a brief (250-word) statement about yourself; and your interest in this scholarship to clascholarships@purdue.edu by the deadline.

Please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu with any questions.


Gerald and Kenneth Mott Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in June 2002 with gifts from Joanne Mott Batey, Lorraine M. Mott, and family in memory of Dr. Gerald O. Mott, Dr. Kenneth E. Mott, and Mr. John K. Gray. Gerald O. Mott was the father of Joanne and a former Agronomy faculty member at Purdue. Ken Mott (BS 1961,College of Science) is the brother of Joanne and son of Lorraine, and John Gray (BS 1967, College of Agriculture) was a former spouse of Joanne. For CLA students who have studied at least one semester at Purdue.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

A merit scholarship for Purdue CLA students who have studied at least one semester at Purdue.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Nancy Peterson Intern Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,500
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Nancy Peterson Internship Scholarships are available to Liberal Arts students in any major who are doing an internship for credit.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Application Matters for Our Students (AMOS) Awards

The Amos awards are available to Purdue undergraduate students who are active participants in the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication and who seek experience in applying what they have learned in a relevant professional opportunity.These merit awards help students to fund internships that are unpaid or offering only a nominal stipend (under $1,000).

Deadline: check the PICC Web site
Amount: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:

Eligible students must fully demonstrate that they have been current, active and meaningful participants in the PICC, the experiential learning initiative, for at least one semester before applying.

To Apply:

Please check the PICC website.


Christina M. Ribnek Scholarship

This scholarship was established in March 2005 by Christina Ribnek’s two sons. Christina was employed by Purdue as Director of Academic Support Services in Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Academic Advising in the College of Liberal Arts.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Chris Ribnek Scholarship is available to any Purdue student who has studied at least one semester at Purdue (except those who will graduate during the current spring semester). Criteria are: have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, be in good academic standing, and be actively involved in one or more student organizations or in Intercollegiate or other organized sports.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


David Santogrossi Honors Scholarships

These honors scholarships are funded with a bequest from Professor David Santogrossi. Professor Santogrossi taught at Purdue for 37 years, and at the time of his death was an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Associate Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. He was a founding member of the Purdue Teaching Academy and is listed in the inaugural Purdue Book of Great Teachers. He valued honors and had a desire to inspire undergraduates to excel academically.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Variable up to $1,500
Criteria for Eligibility:

Outstanding Honors Senior Scholarships up to $2,000 each.

Outstanding Honors Junior Scholarships up to $2,000 each.

Outstanding Sophomore Scholarships up to $2,000 each.

The Honors Committee has adopted the following general guidelines:

1. These awards will be given only to students enrolled full time in a degree program within the College of Liberal Arts.

2. Other qualifications being equal, preference for these awards will be given to students who have accepted leadership roles within the Honors Program and have taken part in the Honors Colloquium.

3. Other qualifications being equal, preference for these awards will be given to students who have taken the most Honors courses within the Honors Program.

4. Seniors graduating in May 2017 are not eligible.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

 

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Warren P. Thayer, Jr. Scholarships

Warren Thayer, Jr. founded Perry Chemical and Manufacturing in 1959 with his brother, D. Robert Thayer, and father. He retired in 1995 as president of the privately held company. Mr. Thayer began funding the Thayer Scholars in the College of Liberal Arts in 1997. The Thayer Scholars gives students the opportunity to explore current issues and become well-rounded students. He included a bequest for the Thayer Scholars program in his estate.

Deadline: By invitation.
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Warren P. Thayer, Jr. Scholarships are for CLA students who will be in their sophomore year in 2017-18. The 25 students selected will take a one-credit course focused on reading about, attending, discussing, and writing about live theatre productions on campus.  

To Apply:

If you are currently in your first year at Purdue, have a 3.0 GPA, and will be a full-time student in the College of Liberal Arts during the following academic school year, you are eligible to apply. Contact clascholarships@purdue.edu for application details. 


Dr. Aneta Van Sickle Scholarship

This endowment was established in October 2001 in memory of Dr. Aneta Van Sickle, College of Liberal alumna and former head of academic advising for the College of Liberal Arts by her husband, David C. Van Sickle, family members, and friends.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Aneta Van Sickle Scholarship is available to any Purdue student who has studied at least one semester at Purdue (except those who will graduate during the current spring semester) Criteria are: merit and Dr. Van Sickle's qualities of dedication, caring, patience, style, and wisdom.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Tom and Marty Welch First Generation Scholars Fund

This endowment was established by Tom Welch (BA 1978, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences) and Marty Welch (BA 1978, Sociology) who were once first-generation students at Purdue. Trained as educators, the couple has a passion for education and for staying connected to students, Purdue, and the College of Liberal Arts. Tom and Marty relate to Hoosier students and the challenges they face, and it is their sincere hope to provide the same opportunities to others that they were afforded.

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Tom and Marty Welch First Generation Scholarship is for incoming freshmen and transfer students in the College of Liberal Arts who are first generation college students and Indiana residents. The recipients, to be known as Tom and Marty Welch First Generation Scholars, are selected on the basis of academic merit.

To Apply:

Continuing (and incoming transfer) students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Purdue transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship, highlighting your status as a first generation college student and a resdient of Indiana.

 

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Eleanor Breames Wiley Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: Not available for 2015-16
Criteria for Eligibility:

An incoming student (freshman) enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts. Selection will be made based on academic merit, financial need (as determined by the FAFSA, and student leadership in high school. Student must have a high school GPA of at least 3.5. The Wiley Scholarship is renewable, as long as the student continues to progress toward graduation and continue to demonstrate a commitment to leadership.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for renewals by emailing clascholarships@purdue.edu.


Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship

The Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship (Wilke) program is designed to involve Purdue College of Liberal Arts undergraduates in the interdisciplinary and exciting research environment of the College of Liberal Arts. The program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty in the College of Liberal Arts on cutting edge research projects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Working closely with faculty, students experience the excitement, challenge, and power of research that is positioned to catalyze social impact across the globe. Wilke offers 50 part-time (6-10 hours/week) student internship slots per academic semester.

Deadline: See Wilke Web site
Amount: $500 per semester
Criteria for Eligibility:

Open only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in CLA. Participants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their major and must maintain good academic standing. Participants are required to register for a 1.0 credit hour GS490 course, which will be given on selected Thursdays, from 6:00-7:00pm.  See Wilke Web site

To Apply:

See Wilke Web site


Warren Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Warren Wilson Memorial Scholarship is available to any Purdue student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts. Students must have financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Complete the FAFSA by the deadline.

4. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Mihee Yi Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount: $1,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Mihee Yi Memorial Scholarship is available to any Purdue student who has established at least a one-semester gpa of at least 2.75 (except those who will graduate during the current spring semester). Preference in selection is given to students who participate in one or more student organizations, including Campus Christian Fellowship of University Church at Purdue University, Christian Student Fellowship, and Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. A further preference will be given to students who are members of either the Korean Association or the Korean American Students Association.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship and a description of your involvement in student organizations, such as those in the scholarship eligibility description above.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


Job-Ready Internship Award

Job-Ready will bring students’ critical skills to organizations addressing important issues while providing students with hands-on work experience. Students whose internships are unpaid or low-paid may apply for financial support enabling them to cover basic costs incurred while interning. Job-Ready objectives will be: (1) To provide employers with access to CLA students’ unique skills; (2) To encourage CLA students to pursue summer internships and to make unpaid and low-paid internships a viable option for more students; and (3) To enrich CLA students’ understanding of relevant issues and opportunities to be a force for good in their lives after graduation.

CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 RECIPIENTS! Get out there and show the world how Liberal Arts works.

Click here for spotlights of past recipients.

 

Deadline: Rolling Selections up to May 1
Amount: up to $2,000
Criteria for Eligibility:

An award for undergraduate students with a Liberal Arts major at Purdue University West Lafayette who have secured a career-launching unpaid or low-paid summer or semester internship and who will return to classes after their internship experience. On-campus internships are not eligible. 

Job-Ready funds for Summer 2017 have all been awarded, and applications are now closed. Congratulations to the students selected to receive this support!

 

 

 

To Apply:

Job-Ready applications are being accepted February through May 1 for 2017. Awards will be made bi-weekly on a rolling basis. Upload your job offer letter and apply here

For more information on this award, contact CLAscholarships@purdue.edu 
For more information about internships, contact Jennifer Perkins, Internship Manager, Liberal Arts Career Center 1289 Beering Hall. 


Charles and Rachel Pan Scholarship

Deadline: February 15
Amount:
Criteria for Eligibility:

This endowment was established in May 2013 by Maureen J. Pan in honor of her parents, Charles and Rachel Pan. Income shall support for undergraduate scholarships for students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, who have demonstrated academic merit.

To Apply:

Continuing students may apply for this scholarship by doing the following:

1. Complete this application with essays by February 15.

2. Send an official transcript to clascholarships@purdue.edu by February 15. Transcripts may be ordered directly from MyPurdue.

3. Email clascholarships@purdue.edu and include your interest in applying for this scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact clascholarships@purdue.edu


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