College of Arts and Sciences

The Department is proud of our students who have worked for and been awarded Philosophy Scholarships over the years.  Currently there are two Philosophy scholarships.  Scholarships are presented at the annual College of Arts and Sciences Honors Banquet.

The James S. Churchill Philosophy Scholarship

This essay contest is named after James Spencer Churchill (1920–1989), the first chair of the IPFW Department of Philosophy, and is awarded every year in his honor.  Churchill was born in Brockton, MA, and grew up in Portland, ME.  He earned an MA from Harvard U in 1950, his PhD from Indiana University Bloomington in 1959, and studied with Martin Heidegger in Freiburg, Germany.  He was appointed to IPFW in 1961, built the Department and developed its program in Philosophy, and served, until 1973, as the first chair of Philosophy.  His area of research was recent European Philosophy, in particular Existentialism and Phenomenology.  His dedication to the pursuit of truth and to teaching extended far beyond his study or the classroom. 

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible and encouraged to submit an essay for consideration of this award. 

  • a declared Philosophy major (either as first or second major) with at least 9 hours of completed coursework in philosophy;
  • recipients of the Bruening Scholarship are ineligible for the Churchill Essay Scholarship during the same academic year.

The winning essay is chosen by the Philosophy faculty.  In the event of a tie, participation in Philosophy department activities may also be factored into the decision.  You may seek advice from Philosophy faculty members as you write your essay.

Churchill Scholarship Recipients:

1990-1991
Eric Foley
Ridgway Wise

1991-1992
Eric Foley

1992-1993
Heather Chalmers

1994-1995
Thomas Volz

1995-1996
Thomas Volz

1996-1997
Linda Shelton
Laura Essig

1997-1998
Laura Essig
Diana Sir Louis

1998-1999
Diana Sir Louis

1999-2000
John Cislo
John Koenig

2001-2002
Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht

2002-2003
Amy Knippel
Laith Al-Saud

2003-2004
Richard Brown

2004-2005
Marcus Rogers

2005-2006
Nathan Hollenbeck

2007-2008
Ravi Doshi

2008-2009
Erika Arnold

2009-2010
Stephen Croy

2010-2011
Alan Tse

2012-2013
Joshua Bertsch

 

The Jean and Bill Bruening Philosophy Scholarship

The Jean and Bill Bruening Scholarship was established in September of 2007 to benefit full time students pursuing a major in Philosophy at IPFW.  This scholarship was made possible by a generous donation of IPFW Professor Bill Bruening and his wife Jean, a retired High School educator who taught in the Fort Wayne school system.  Bill Bruening obtained his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and both have received graduate degrees from the IPFW School of Education at IPFW.  They have provided the Fort Wayne community with over 70 years of combined service, both on- and off-campus.  The scholarship is awarded in their honor.

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible and encouraged to submit a letter of interest as their application for this award:

  • are a declared Philosophy major (either as first or second major) with at least 60 credit hours that count toward graduation and 12 credit hours of completed coursework in philosophy, and
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5;
  • recipients of the Churchill Essay Scholarship are ineligible for the Bruening Scholarship during the same academic year.

The scholarship recipient is chosen by the Philosophy faculty based on applications from qualified students who have submitted a letter of interest.  Final selection will be based on cumulative GPA and participation in Philosophy department activities.

Bruening Scholarship Recipients:

2009-2010
Erika Arnold

2010-2011
Stephen Croy

2011-2012
Alan Tse

2012-2013
Daniel Todorovic

2013-2014
Caleb Jehl

 

 

 

Angelique M. Green Philosophy Senior Excellence Award

The Angelique M. Green Senior Excellence Award was established in 2000 to be awarded to a senior Philosophy major who combines academic and personal interests in Philosophy. The recipient was selected by vote of the department faculty based on: academic excellence, involvement in IPFW activities beyond the department, and demonstrated non-academic interest in Philosophy. The Angelique M. Green Senior Excellence Award is named for a former IPFW Philosophy student and department research assistant whose spirit and enthusiasm for Philosophy was both academic and personal, informing all aspects of her life.

Green Excellence Award Recipient:

 2000
 Philip Johnson II