Philosophy Scholarships

The following scholarships and awards are available if you are majoring in Philosophy.  Please note that you are also eligible for any college-wide or university-level scholarships.(Note that a few awards, such as "Outstanding Senior," may be selected by faculty nomination, invitation to apply, or another process different from scholarships.)

Matchette Prize

Given to outstanding senior late in the spring.

Deadline: Variable
Amount: $200.
Criteria for Eligibility:
To Apply:

Contact: Department Head

Outstanding Senior Award Philosophy

Awarded to outstanding senior in Philosophy

Deadline: Variable
Criteria for Eligibility:
To Apply:

Contact: Department Head

Eric L. Clitheroe Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Philosophy invites applications from undergraduate majors in philosophy for the 2018-19 Clitheroe Scholarship.  The Clitheroe Scholarships were established in September 1987 as a memorial to Eric L. Clitheroe to support undergraduate students majoring in Philosophy.  One scholarship up to $500 will be awarded for 2018-19.

Deadline: March 20.
Amount: $500
Criteria for Eligibility:

The scholarship competition is open only to undergraduates who are majoring in philosophy.

To Apply:

Students may apply for the scholarship by submitting hard copies of the following materials to the Department of Philosophy (BRNG 7105) by 12:00 noon on March 1.

1.  A copy of a paper on any topic in philosophy, 5-15 pages in length.  Normally, this will be a paper written for a philosophy class at Purdue, representing your best philosophical work.  In exceptional circumstances (e.g., transfer students) papers written in another context will be acceptable.
2.  A copy of the student’s transcript from Purdue University.
3.  A one-page cover letter presenting one’s application to the Clitheroe selection committee. The letter should include the name of at least one Purdue philosophy professor who is familiar with the student’s work.  Additional information relevant to the receipt of the scholarship   (e.g., extracurricular activities) may also be included in the cover letter.

Evaluation Criteria:  The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria: the quality of the submitted written work, the student’s academic record and standing, and the philosophical promise of the candidate.  This is not a “paper prize,” but a scholarship for academic merit in philosophy; however, significant weight may be placed upon the submitted work as evidence of such merit.  (There is a separate "paper prize" competition with a similar name, which is held in spring in conjunction with the CLA Literary Awards.)
Decisions: Decisions for the scholarship will be announced no later than April 1, 2020.  The award will be applied to the student’s bursar account in two installments (half in fall of 2020, half in spring 2021).

Questions: please contact Director of Undergraduate Studies.


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.

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.  Eligible internship sites include not-for-profit organizations, government, social enterprises, and for-profit firms. Job-Ready Awards do not support study abroad, field schools, or other internships that charge students to participate.

To Apply:

Job-Ready applications are being accepted through May 1 for 2019. 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 
For more information about internships, contact the Liberal Arts Career Center in 1289 Beering Hall. 

William L. Rowe Scholarship

This merit scholarship was established in honor of Prof. Emeritus William L. Rowe, who taught at Purdue from 1962 to 2005.

Deadline: March 1.
Amount: $750
Criteria for Eligibility:

For an outstanding sophomore philosophy major at Purdue. After the first year, the scholarship is renewable for two additional years if the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria. For details about eligibility, which includes a GPA of at least 3.0, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

To Apply:

Each February, the Director of Undergraduate Studies invites the faculty members of the Philosophy Department to nominate eligible freshman philosophy majors. The Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Department Head will jointly select the recipient, using merit as the primary criterion.

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