Clarence Beecher Allen, The College of Wooster’s first African-American graduate in 1892, pastored one of the largest all-black Presbyterian Churches in America and served as president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Association of Pittsburgh as well as the Afro-American Council. Nearly 30 years ago, his story inspired the College to create the Allen Scholarship to attract the best and brightest to Wooster in hopes that these students would continue his legacy of leadership, civic engagement and social advocacy.

The Allen Scholarship awards up to $41,000 annually. This award replaces the Dean’s Scholarship. High school seniors must complete the Application for Admission by the scholarship deadline. Candidates cannot be eligible for both the Allen Scholarship and the College Scholar Award; they can only be awarded one of these competition based awards.

For African-American students wishing to apply, please follow the instructions below for full consideration of the Allen Scholarship.

  1. Complete the general Application for Admission.
  2. Complete the Allen Scholarship Application Form.


Applicants must complete all necessary materials by February 6, 2023.

Finalists must participate in the Allen Competition Weekend on February 19-20, 2023.

Final Scholarship results of the competition will be released by April 1, 2023.

Questions & Concerns

Please contact Alex Dominguez, Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, at 330-263-2589.

*The maximum annual amount of Wooster merit scholarship is $43,000 annually and can be applied only to tuition charges. Prospective students may apply for more than one competition based scholarship but will only be awarded one. Competition based scholarships replace the Dean’s Scholarship amount, except for the Covenant and performing arts scholarships. All merit scholarships are automatically renewed each year as long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and remains in good academic and judicial standing with the College (please see additional qualifications for performing arts). Scholarship amounts listed may change. All admission and scholarship deadlines are postmarked deadlines.

**Students who are eligible for and awarded a tuition benefit such as the Tuition Exchange Program, the Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) program, Wooster’s employee tuition remission, or Veteran’s Education Benefits may choose to apply for the merit scholarships noted above, but if awarded, the scholarship status will be honorary only.