Established in 2012, this scholarship was created to remember the contributions of Professor Robert Barford to EIU students, to the EIU Department of Philosophy, and to the profession; to contribute toward the growth and goals of the EIU Department of Philosophy; and to encourage and support the achievement of students majoring in philosophy. Criteria for selection is as follows: Applicant(s) shall have declared philosophy as their major field and shall be sophomore, junior, or senior class status. Applicant(s) shall have completed three philosophy courses at EIU with a minimum Philosophy GPA of 3.5. Applicant(s) shall submit a paper closely related to one of the fields of emphasis of Dr. Barford: classical philosophy, religious studies, social/political philosophy, or peace studies. Criteria shall be clear presentation of the topic, richness and craftsmanship of thought, use of resources, application of findings to contemporary life, and setting out of remaining questions. The paper may have been written for the scholarship application, may have been previously submitted as an EIU philosophy course assignment, or may be a creative work such as a position paper for a debate. The paper shall be at least 8 pages in length, not including the references list. Financial need shall be a consideration in selecting the award recipient(s). The recipient(s) may be eligible to receive the award again provided they meet criteria. The award(s) shall be announced in the Spring and paid in the Spring to Eastern Illinois University to be first applied against costs (tuition, fees, housing, etc.) associated with the recipient(s) attending Eastern Illinois University. For more information, contact the Department of Philosophy.