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Perpetual Scholarship records

Identifier: FBA-0004-002

Collection Statement

This collection includes folders holding certification papers for 3 year scholarships, 6 year scholarships, perpetual scholarships, and blank scholarship forms. It also contains the scholarship book of Reverend J.J., letters, and scholarship certificates.


  • 1837 - 1961

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection are held by DePauw University.

Historical Sketch

Although the initial history of Indiana Asbury / DePauw University scholarships is not known, they have been an important part of the institution's history. Different gifts/shares could be donated to DePauw, covering a certain number of years. "To make scholarships more attractive in 1845, a PERPETUAL scholarship was offered for $100 - good for first 10 years for anyone designated by the purchaser but thereafter only for his lineal descendants, and only one at a time." In 1860, 12 year scholarships were offered for $50 and 6 year ones for $30. In 1868 scholarships for women were sold at the same standards as the men's. In 1874, tuition to students was made free, because of the large number of outstanding scholarships. Until 1929, any expenses charged to students were called "fees," but in 1929, the word "tuition" was brought back and DePauw once again honored the Perpetual Scholarships. Records account that Perpetual Scholarships were upheld through 1979.


0.215 Cubic Feet (1 document case, 1 volume)

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See also:

Oxnam Document Case #149, folder 14 for “scholarships” Aug. 22, 1837-Aug. 17 1839 Alumni file “Jean D. Coffin” for John Kiger perpetual scholarship, 1852 Alumni file “Frances Wallace Nelson” for scholarship contract of W.W. Smith, 1870

From Manhart: pg. 6: $100 shares - Purchaser to have the privilege of sending a student to the University for four years. $250 gift - Entitled donor to send a student for 20 years. $1000 gift - Could endow a professorship pg. 83: 1868 “Hereafter scholarships for women were to be sold on the same terms as scholarships for men.” pg. 120: $100 - Scholarship - attend 6 years $ 50 - a 3 year scholarship “To make the scholarships more attractive in 1845 a Perpetual scholarship was offered for $100 - good for first 10 years for anyone designated by the purchaser by thereafter only for his lineal descendants, and for only one at a time. “In 1860 12 year scholarships were offered for $50 and 6 year ones for $30.

“Because nearly all of the students were making use of the large number of outstanding scholarships tuition was free to all in 1874.

From Brown: pg. 36: “The last important event of President Andrus’ administration was the adoption of free tuition in the University, except for the small contingent fee. This did away with scholarships, and those that were out became of no value after this date.” Minutes of the Board of Trustees, Vol. II, pg. 385 ______________________________________________________________________________ From 1874-1929 no “tuition” was charged. University expenses charged to the students were called “fees”. In 1929 the word “tuition” was used again and at that time the University began again to honor the Perpetual Scholarships.

Dec. 7, 1979: According to the office of Vice-President for Finance they are still honoring Perpetual scholarships.

Perpetual Scholarship records
Wesley Wilson
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States