University of Southern Indiana

Carithers Scholarship Application Instructions

In order to be considered for the Robert W. Carithers Scholarship, students should submit the following materials by March 1:


Portfolio requirements for the Carithers Scholarship vary depending upon the discipline in which the candidate is applying. Portfolios of candidates will become the property of the Society and will be placed on file. In order for candidates who do not receive a scholarship to have their portfolios returned, their materials must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage to assure return (allow up to six months).

Eight to 10 original student work submissions

10 to 20 pages of poetry, fiction, drama or critical analysis in any combination (must be of complete works)

10 to 20 pages of written prose on historical subjects, no more than three complete works

10 to 20 pages of written prose on philosophical subjects, no more than three complete works

A standard VHS tape or DVD of an audition or performance, not to exceed three minutes

World Languages and Cultures:
Four to five pages of written analysis of a short work or excerpt of foreign literature, the analysis written in the foreign language

Cover Letter

In addition to a portfolio, applicants for the Carithers Scholarship are asked to compose a cover letter telling the selection committee about themselves and their personal and professional goals as well as how the scholarship will help them attain them. Since this cover letter will also be used to obtain addresses for future correspondence, the contact information must be complete and clear. 

Other information regarding transcripts, grade point averages and scholastic achievement will be on forms sent to the USI Admission team. Therefore, such information need not be repeated in the cover letter.


Submit all application materials before the March 1 deadline electronically or in hard copy to Dr. Sakina Hughes, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Remit hard copy materials to:

Dr. Sakina Hughes, Assistant Dean
College of Liberal Arts
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

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