Scholarships & Awards

Thomas S. Maloney Scholarship in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy invites qualified applicants to apply for the Thomas S. Maloney Scholarship in Philosophy. This award is based principally on financial need but may also take into consideration other factors such as GPA, involvement in Department activities, and commitment to the philosophic enterprise. To qualify you must:

  • Have been accepted into the Philosophy Department as a major
  • Have completed 9 hours in courses designated “Philosophy” by the end of the semester in which the application is made
  • Have been classified as eligible for financial aid by the U of L Financial Aid Office
  • Be a Kentucky resident
  • Complete a short (2-page) statement explaining the reasons why you are seeking this scholarship. 

If you would like to apply, please go here or pick up an application from the table in the corridor across from the Department office (Humanities 310). For questions, you can also contact Dr. Guy Dove via email at or via phone at 852-0450.

Complete applications are due by 5:00 PM March 31 2020.  Applications and essays can be submitted either electronically or by bringing them to the Department office (Humanities 310). 

Applicants will be informed that they did or did not receive the award by the end of April.


The Richard Campbell Smith and Richard L. Barber Awards

The Richard Campbell Smith award goes to the graduating senior who as “Outstanding Student of the Department” has best given evidence of support for the activities of the Department (Honor Society, Philosophy Club, attended lectures by visiting speakers, participated in the Humphrey Colloquim as speaker, worker, attendant, etc.)  (GPA is not to be used, except in the case of a tie.) Each year up to $500.00 is to be attached to the Smith award from accrued assets in the Barber endowment.

The Richard L. Barber award goes to the graduating senior demonstrating the highest excellence in Philosophy by having the highest Department GPA (or in case of tie the Department and overall GPA). Each year up to $500.00 is assigned from accrual to the Barber endowment to this award.

In the event that increasing or decreasing accrual to the Barber endowment makes the amount of these awards unreasonable in the judgment of the Department Chair, the latter, after consultation with the full-time Department faculty, is free to alter the amount awarded.

Accrual in excess of that awarded in a given year is to be retained by the Foundation for continued investment to the benefit of the Barber endowment.

For a list of past winners of the Smith and Barber awards click here.  

Please note that these two awards were redesigned in 2019.