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EIU Department of Philosophy


Scholarships play a vital role in making higher education more affordable and accessible to students and their families. That’s why we created our easy-to-use EIU Scholarship Search, which helps you explore all the scholarship and award opportunities available at Eastern. Admitted students can log in and see more personalized scholarship information based on their academic profile. If you have any questions about the EIU Scholarship Search site, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 217-581-6405 or

Athenaeum Philosophy Scholarship

Established in 2006 by Dr. Gary Aylesworth, the Athenaeum Philosophy Scholarship is a competitive scholarship awarded to a full-time Philosophy major. Recipients must have completed at least nine semester hours of credit in Philosophy, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and a major GPA of at least 3.50 at the time of selection. Financial need shall be a consideration at the committee’s discretion.

Robert Barford Philosophy Scholarship

The Robert Barford Philosophy Scholarship was established in 2012 by Judy Barford to remember the contributions of Robert Barford to the Philosophy Department and the profession, and to encourage and support the achievements of Philosophy students. This is a competitive scholarship available to Philosophy majors who have attained at least sophomore class ranking and a major GPA of at least 3.50. Other criteria include completion of three (3) Philosophy courses at EIU and selection of a creative, solidly defended paper from a pool of applicants. Financial need shall be a consideration in this award.

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

The Outstanding Graduating Senior Award is available to graduating Philosophy majors in their senior year. It is a competitive award and selection is made by faculty in the Philosophy Department. Criteria for this award include academic achievement and overall contributions such as community service and/or involvement with Philosophy Club, Phi Sigma Tau, or other groups or activities.

For more information contact
Dr. Jonelle DePetro, chair
Department of Philosophy

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Philosophy Department

3542 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3012

Chair: Jonelle DePetro

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