Philosophy Department Essay Competition
The Philosophy Department also invites students to submit six to twelve page philosophical essays to a faculty panel for its annual Philosophy Essay Competition. The competition is open to all and only currently enrolled SCSU students. To enter, students should submit three copies of an original 6-12 page philosophical essay and a cover letter (a) stating that you entering the competition and (b) giving your email address, phone number, and SCSU Student ID number by April 10, 2014. $400 in prize money will be divided between writers of the two best papers. Students need not be enrolled in philosophy department programs to submit a paper. Please contact Prof. Kate Gill, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. The faculty panel comprises Mike Shaffer, Carolyn Hartz, and Kate Gill. The committee reserves the right to award fewer or smaller prizes.
Philosophy Department Scholarships & Awards
The Philosophy Department is now accepting applications for scholarships. A general description of the scholarships, including application criteria and deadlines, can be found below. A list of past scholarship recipients can be found here.
James E. White Memorial Endowed Philosophy Scholarship
Alan Phillips initially established this scholarship in 2009. Phillips is an emeritus profess who taught philosophy at SCSU from 1966-1996. In 2011 emeritus professor of philosophy Myron Anderson contributed a substantial sum of money to the scholarship fund in honor of yet another emeritus professor of philosophy, James While.
Recipients of this award must be a declared major or minor in one of the Philosophy Department programs. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Philosophical ability and involvement in departmental activities may be considered. Previous recipients are eligible. Amount: $500 (which may be divided into several awards). Application deadline: April 10, 2014.
Women in Philosophy Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2001 by Kathleen Gill, who in 1987 was the first woman ever hired by the SCSU Philosophy Department in a tenure-track position. Eligible students must be a woman who is a declared major or minor in one of the Philosophy Department programs. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Philosophical ability and involvement in departmental activities may be considered. Previous recipients are eligible. Amount: $1,000 (may be divided into several awards). Application deadline: April 10, 2014.
Drew Roser Memorial Scholarship
Drew Roser was an exceptionally intelligent and generous person who died from cancer while a student in the early 1990’s. He established this scholarship fund during his illness, and it was awarded for the first time in 1993. Recipients must be declared majors in any two of English, History or Philosophy. A GPA of at least 3.5 in either of the two applicable major fields is required. A short essay must be submitted with the application form. Financial need may be considered. Application forms and essay directions are available in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and the Philosophy Department. Amount: Annual award of at least $750. Application deadline is March 28, 2014.
Religious Studies/Philosophy Scholarship
Religious Studies Committee members Joseph Edelheit and Jordan Curnutt established this scholarship in 2007. Recipients must be a declared major or minor in one of the Philosophy Department or Religious Studies programs. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required. Financial need may be considered. Previous recipients are not eligible. Application information available from Religious Studies Direction Joseph Edelheit. Amount: $500. This scholarship will not be awarded in 2014.