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Clarence Beecher Allen Scholarship

The first African-American student, Clarence Beecher Allen, entered The College of Wooster in the 1880s, and the College continues to be inspired by his achievements. In 1988, Wooster's Board of Trustees created the Clarence Beecher Allen Scholarship to be awarded based on academic merit. These scholarships commemorate the achievements of Wooster´s first African-American graduate.

Selection Process

Clarence Beecher Allen scholars are selected based on outstanding intellectual achievement, extra-curricular involvement and leadership, personal merit, scholarship essay competition and on-campus interview.

To compete for the Allen Scholarship students must apply for admission and submit one of the following essays by January 15. Responses must be typed, double-spaced and no more than 1,000 words. Submissions must be accompanied by a cover page, which lists the student's first and last name, high school, and topic selection. Included on each page, in the upper-right-hand corner, should be the student's last name and topic number. Essays should be uploaded onto the online scholarship application form.

Essay Topics:

  • Your high school would like to implement a 'multicultural forum'. Name two to three individuals you would recommend and justify your choices.
  • In what way do you see yourself supporting the multicultural environment at the College of Wooster?  

Upon review of the admissions application and the scholarship essay, select students will be invited to campus to interview for the Allen Scholarship. Allen finalist will be notified by February 1.

Allen Competition Weekend

Students selected as finalist will receive an invitation to the Allen Competition Weekend. While on-campus, finalist will interview to determine Allen Scholarship Winners. Interviews will be done in a small group format with a focus on academic engagement, social engagement, and leadership. In addition to the interview, there will be opportunities to meet other competitors, hear from current faculty, staff and students, and get a better feel for the College.

Allen Competition Weekend will be Sunday, February 15 - Monday, February 16.

Please contact David Yokley or by phone at 800-877-9905 for questions regarding the Allen Scholarship program.