Independent Minds, Working Together

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:

  • (1) Your high school would like to implement a 'multicultural forum'. Name 2-3 individuals you would recommend and justify your choices.
  • (2) How have your experiences shaped your reality? In what ways do you see yourself being an asset to The College of Wooster’s multicultural student community?

Allen Competition Weekend

Students selected as finalists will receive an invitation to Allen Competition Weekend, which will be Sunday, February 15 - Monday, February 16. Finalists will interview on campus to determine scholarship winners. (Interviews will be done in a small group format with a focus on social and academic engagement and leadership.) Additionally, there will be opportunities to meet other competitors, hear from current faculty and students, and get a better feel for the College.

Please contact David Yokley,Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, at 330-263-2630 with further questions and concerns.