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

The Matchette Prize is the monetary award which accompanies the Department of Philosophy's Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award. Both the Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award and the Matchette Prize are given at the Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in late April.

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

Candidates are nominated by Department of Philosophy faculty early in the spring semester of their senior year.


Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award

The Department of Philosophy's Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award is awarded every year to a graduating philosophy major who exhibits academic excellence in the field. The award is accompanied by the Matchette Prize. Both the Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award and the Matchette Prize are given at the Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in late April.

Deadline:
Amount:
Criteria for Eligibility:

All senior philosophy majors who exhibit academic excellence in the field and have an overall accumulated GPA of at least 3.0 are eligible to be nominated for the Outstanding Senior in Philosophy Award.

To Apply:

Candidates are nominated by Department of Philosophy faculty early in the spring semester of their senior year.


Eric L. Clitheroe Memorial Scholarship

The Department of Philosophy invites applications from undergraduate majors in philosophy for the 2019-20 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 2019-20.

Deadline: 9 December 2019, 5pm
Amount: up to $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 e-mailing the following materials as a single pdf to the Department of Philosophy Academic Program Manager by 5:00pm on Monday, 9 December 2019.

  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 one.

Questions: please contact Director of Undergraduate Studies.


Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship

Thomas Scholl graduated from Purdue in 1970 with a BA in philosophy and went on to a highly distinguished career as an entrepreneur and investor in the high-tech industry.

The Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship is awarded annually to one out-of-state or international incoming first year Philosophy major. The award is disbursed at $750/semester (for up to 4 semesters), for a total of $3000 over the student's first two years of studying philosophy at Purdue.

Deadline: 15 January 2020, 5pm
Amount: $750/semester (up to 4 semesters)
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship will be awarded to one out-of-state or international incoming first year student who has declared philosophy as their major. All incoming out-of-state and international first year philosophy majors are encouraged to apply. Candidates who increase the ethnic, gender and/or racial diversity of the department are especially encouraged to apply. The award is disbursed at $750/semester (for up to 4 semesters, fall and spring only) provided the Scholl scholar continues to meet the following criteria:

  • The student remains enrolled as a philosophy major.
  • The student is meeting minimum academic criteria of satisfactory progress in the department.
  • The student is enrolled in at least one philosophy (PHIL) course each semester.

Information on how to apply for the Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship is below.

To Apply:

In addition to the general Purdue undergraduate application materials, applicants for the Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship must submit an essay of 500 words or less responding to the prompt below. Applicants should e-mail their responses to the Department of Philosophy's Academic Program Manager no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 15 January, 2020.


Prompt for the Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship application essay:

In his famous treatise on political philosophy, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes presents an argument against free will. In slightly updated language, Hobbes claims that a free person is one who

“in those things, which by their strength and wit they are able to do, is not hindered to do what they have a will to do. But when the words ‘free’ and ‘liberty’ are applied to anything but bodies, they are abused. … [F]rom the use of the word ‘free will,’ no liberty can be inferred of the will, desire or inclination, but the liberty of the person; which consists in this, that they find no stop, in doing what they have the will, desire, or inclination to do.”

Respond to Hobbes’ claim in no more than 500 words.


The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Scholarship in Philosophy

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. is the 12th and current President of the Purdue University System. Before becoming the President of Purdue in 2013, Mitch Daniels served as the 49th governor of the state of Indiana, from 2005-2013.

The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Scholarship in Philosophy is awarded annually to one incoming, Indiana resident first year Philosophy major. The award is disbursed at $750/semester (for up to 4 semesters), for a total of $3000 over the student's first two years of studying philosophy at Purdue.

The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Scholarship in Philosophy has been generously supported by Thomas Scholl, who graduated from Purdue in 1970 with a BA in philosophy and went on to a highly distinguished career as an entrepreneur and investor in the high-tech industry.

Deadline: 15 January 2020, 5pm
Amount: $750/semester (up to 4 semesters)
Criteria for Eligibility:

The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Scholarship in Philosophy will be awarded to one incoming first year student who has declared philosophy as their major and is a resident of the state of Indiana at the time of applying to Purdue. All incoming, Indiana resident first year philosophy majors are encouraged to apply. The award is disbursed at $750/semester (for up to 4 semesters, fall and spring only) provided the Scholl scholar continues to meet the following criteria:

  • The student remains enrolled as a philosophy major.
  • The student is meeting minimum academic criteria of satisfactory progress in the department.
  • The student is enrolled in at least one philosophy (PHIL) course each semester.

Information on how to apply for The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Scholarship in Philosophy is below.

To Apply:

In addition to the general Purdue undergraduate application materials, applicants for the Thomas Scholl Philosophy Scholarship must submit an essay of 500 words or less responding to the prompt below. Applicants should e-mail their responses to the Department of Philosophy's Academic Program Manager no later than 5pm on Wednesday, 15 January, 2020.


Prompt for The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. Scholarship in Philosophy application essay:

In his famous treatise on political philosophy, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes presents an argument against free will. In slightly updated language, Hobbes claims that a free person is one who

“in those things, which by their strength and wit they are able to do, is not hindered to do what they have a will to do. But when the words ‘free’ and ‘liberty’ are applied to anything but bodies, they are abused. … [F]rom the use of the word ‘free will,’ no liberty can be inferred of the will, desire or inclination, but the liberty of the person; which consists in this, that they find no stop, in doing what they have the will, desire, or inclination to do.”

Respond to Hobbes’ claim in no more than 500 words.


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 2021. 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 the Liberal Arts Career Center in 1289 Beering Hall. 


William L. Rowe Scholarship

The William L. Rowe Scholarship is awarded every year to a sophomore philosophy major who exhibits academic excellence in the field. This merit scholarship was established in honor of Dr. William L. Rowe, who taught in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue from 1962 to 2005. Given in the spring of the recipient's sophomore year, the scholarship money is disbursed in both the fall and spring semesters of the recipient's junior and senior years, provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria (see below). The award is given at the Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in late April.

Deadline:
Amount: $375/semester (up to 4 semesters)
Criteria for Eligibility:

All sophomore philosophy majors who meet the following criteria are eligible to be nominated for the William L. Rowe Scholarship. Provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements, and to exhibit academic excellence in the field, the scholarship is renewable through the recipient's senior year.

The eligibility criteria for the William L. Rowe Scholarship are:

  • student remains enrolled as a philosophy major
  • student is enrolled in at least one philosophy course each semester
  • student is meeting minimum criteria of satisfactory progress toward a philosophy degree, including an overall accumulated GPA of at least 3.0
To Apply:

Candidates are nominated by Department of Philosophy faculty early in the spring semester of their sophomore year.


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