Dr. Carol A. Keene Scholarship in Philosophy

The Dr. Carol A. Keene Scholarship in Philosophy is an annual award given to an SIUE undergraduate student majoring in philosophy. Students interested in being considered for the Dr. Carol A. Keene Scholarship must meet eligibility requirements, which include:

  • Student must be a declared major in philosophy
  • Student must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours by the end of the present academic year’s Fall semester
  • Student must have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.5 in philosophy classes.

The scholarship is by application. Required application materials include: (1) a writing sample that demonstrates superior writing and critical thinking skills and (2) a letter of support from a philosophy faculty member that attests to the student’s critical thinking and writing skills, as well as the student’s academic and personal integrity. Students who have completed 75 hours must also submit a research proposal for a senior assignment project.

This is a merit-based scholarship; it is not a need-based scholarship. A student who is already receiving a premier SIUE scholarship that covers complete tuition costs would not be deemed eligible for the scholarship. A consideration in favor of selecting a particular student is that student’s interest in pursuing a career path that advances the profession of Philosophy.

This scholarship award may be renewed for the student’s senior year. However, the second year award is contingent upon successful progress toward the completion of the degree, submission of a viable research proposal for a senior thesis, maintenance of the GPAs specified above, and continued demonstration of the skills and general conduct specified above. It is assumed that a student who received the award for their junior year will be eligible to renew that award for their senior year, contingent upon the stipulations specified above. In order to renew the award, the student must continue to make progress toward graduation, and must maintain the GPAs specified. Upon receiving the award, the student’s GPA should be monitored each semester, to ensure the minimums are maintained.

Area of Interest
College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy
Supplemental Questions
  1. What Philosophy courses have you taken, and what grade did you receive in each?
  2. Please submit a writing sample that demonstrates superior critical thinking and writing skills
  3. What courses will you be taking in the upcoming fall semester?
  4. What Philosophy faculty member is nominating you for this award?
  5. Total Credit Hours/Previous Recipient
    • Have you completed 75 or more credit hours, or have you previously received the Dr. Carol A. Keene Scholarship in Philosophy??
    • If the answer is "yes," please submit your Senior Assignment research proposal.
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