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:

  • Take a one-credit course (Liberal Arts in the World) in the fall from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. David Reingold;

  • Interact with a community of dedicated scholars like yourself;

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

  • Receive a $500 scholarship for the fall semester.


  • FALL Semester; SCLA 490: LA Scholars Seminar - Honors (1 credit)  


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. Complete the application located here.

  2. Write 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.

  3. 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.

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