Are you a curious and motivated student?  If so, this enriching first-year experience will be a great fit for you.

As a Dean's Scholar, you will:

  • Connect with David A. Reingold, Justin S. Morrill Dean, College of Liberal Arts and other outstanding Liberal Arts faculty

  • Enjoy invitations to special academic guest lectures and programs

  • Interact with a community of dedicated scholars like yourself

  • Earn the right to apply early to do research as a Margo Katherine Wilke Intern

  • Receive a $500 scholarship for the fall semester


The Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholar Program is named for a former Purdue University speech professor, registrar, and director of admissions who died in 1957 while employed at Purdue. At the time of his death, the Purdue Board of Trustees voted to defer fees for his children, who would be attending the University a few years later. In 1976, the Dean's Scholar Program officially began. In 2003, Clarence's son Jim Dammon, and Jim's wife, Marilynn named the Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholar Program with a gift that honors Jim's father and expresses gratitude to Purdue University.


  1. Write a 250-300 word essay that includes information about what motivates you, your goals for the future, and the accomplishment of which you are most proud.

  2. Send your essay as an attachment in an e-mail with the subject title of "Dean's Scholars" by midnight, February 15 to: clascholarships@purdue.edu .


Please contact CLA Scholarships, Scholarship Administrator in the College of Liberal Arts. 

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