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Scholarships for 2014-2015

Purdue awards most of its merit scholarships to qualified freshmen based on academics and other information provided with applications for admission that are complete by November 15. A complete application for admission includes all required material including ACT or SAT test scores (including writing), high school transcript, and application fee. Purdue's university-wide merit scholarship awards are called the Trustees and Presidential scholarships.

We strongly encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 in order to maximize consideration for all federal, state, and institutional funds they may be eligible to receive. The Division of Financial Aid awards need-based scholarships to students who demonstrate certain levels of financial need and complete the FAFSA by a March 1 priority filing date.

Researching Scholarships

There are several Purdue offices that can assist you in researching Purdue-based and national scholarship opportunities:

Division of Financial Aid (Schleman Hall, room 305)

National and International Scholarships (Duhme Hall, Room 134)

Individual Purdue Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships for incoming Exploratory Studies freshmen ONLY:

Grace Freshman Scholar Award

This award recognizes the outstanding academic achievement and strong extracurricular and community involvement of an incoming Exploratory Studies student. Special emphasis is placed on the leadership roles the student has had both in school and in the community.

  • Awarded to an incoming first-year Exploratory student.  No application required.  Students will be contacted if they are offered this award. 
  • Minimum SAT of 1920, ACT composite of 28, or National Merit finalist
  • Firm Deadline - Complete admission application must be on file in the Office of Admissions by November 8
  • Total award of $2500 (non-renewable)
  • Recipient will be notified by March 1

Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU) Citizenship Awards

This award recognizes the outstanding community involvement and strong academic achievement of an incoming Exploratory Studies student. Special emphasis is placed on good citizenship and how active the student has been in her/his school and home community.

  • Awarded to incoming first-year Exploratory Studies student(s). 
  • Minimum SAT of 1600, ACT composite of 24, or National Merit Finalist
  • Total award of $2000 (non-renewable)
  • Recipients will be notified by March 1

Other Purdue Scholarships:

Purdue Federal Credit Union (PFCU) Citizenship Award in Honor of Ronda E. Feathers

This award recognizes the outstanding school/community involvement and strong academic achievement of a continuing Exploratory Studies student with preference going to a member of the Purdue "All-American" Marching Band, or one of the other bands, or in one of the PMO groups.

  • Awarded to first-year, continuing Exploratory student(s). 
  • Purdue cumulative (overall) GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Total award of $1000 (non-renewable) disbursed in equal installments during the fall and spring semesters of the student's sophomore year
  • Application is available (PDF)
  • Recipients will be notified by April 1

Trustees Scholarship

This Purdue award recognizes exceptional academic achievement, as well as demonstrated experience in leadership, service, and/or school or community activity.

  • Award amount varies
    • Non-Indiana residents: $12,000 - $16,000 per year
    • Indiana residents: $10,000 per year
  • Firm Deadline - Complete Common Application submitted to the Office of Admissions by November 8
  • Notification by mid-February
  • Renewable for up to four years of continuous, full-time enrollment at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus. Students must maintain a Purdue GPA of 3.0 or higher to renew annually.
  • More information is available at the Undergraduate Admissions Freshman Scholarships website

Purdue Presidential Scholarship

This award recognizes high academic achievement and requires demonstrated experience in leadership, service, and/or school or community activity.

  • Award amount varies
    • Non-Indiana residents: $6,000 - $10,000 per year
    • Indiana residents: $4,000 - $8,000 per year
  • Firm Deadline - Complete Common Application submitted to the Office of Admissions by November 8
  • Notification by mid-February
  • Renewable for up to four years of continuous, full-time enrollment at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.  Students must maintain a Purdue GPA of 3.0 or higher to renew annually.
  • More information is available at the Undergraduate Admissions Freshman Scholarships website

Marquis Scholarship (Indiana residents only)

This award recognizes academic achievement and requires demonstrated experience in leadership, service, and/or school or community activity. Family income (student and parent) must be between $40,000 and $100,000 and a FAFSA must be filed by March 1.

  • Award amount is $2,000 per year
  • Priority Deadline - Complete Common Application submitted to the Office of Admissions by November 15
  • Notification as part of financial aid offer by April 1
  • Renewable for up to four years of continuous, full-time enrollment at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.  Students must maintain a Purdue GPA of 2.65 or higher to renew annually.
  • More information is available at the Undergraduate Admissions Freshman Scholarships website

Beering Scholars Program

The Beering Scholars program offers Purdue's top applicants a full-ride scholarship that covers all expenses through both undergraduate and graduate work at Purdue. Each year, the top 80-100 high school seniors who have been admitted to Purdue by the first week in December may be invited to apply for Beering Scholarships. From those who respond, two to ten are selected as Beering Scholars.

Purdue Promise Program

The Purdue Promise Program is a new scholarship program that combines strong support services with grant assistance to help eligible Twenty-first Century Scholars thrive at Purdue. Twenty-first Century Scholars are Indiana residents who signed a pledge of good citizenship and academics in the 7th or 8th grade and have fulfilled their obligations of affirmation and timely financial aid paperwork.

For more information about the Purdue Promise Program visit the program website or contact the Student Access, Transition and Success (SATS) programs office at (765) 494-9328.

  • Must be an income-eligible Twenty-First Century Scholar student (family income of $50,000 or less - student and parent)
  • Priority Deadline - Complete admission application on file in the Office of Admissions by November 8.  FAFSA must be filed by March 1
  • Financial aid package that includes gift aid and work-study to meet the student's full financial need
  • Renewable with continued eligibility for Twenty-First Century Scholars and participation in Purdue Promise support programs
  • Recipients will be notified through financial aid offer by April 1

ROTC Scholarships

Students can earn a degree and a commission as an officer in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs. ROTC programs offer scholarships ranging from one to four years. ROTC Merit Scholarships also are available from Purdue. Four-year scholarships provide tuition, fees, books, and a variable monthly allowance.

For more information, call Army ROTC, (765) 494-2099; Naval and Marine Corps ROTC, (765) 494-2055; Air Force ROTC, (765) 494-2042; or visit the Purdue ROTC website.

Purdue Financial Aid Estimator

Want an estimate of how much and what kinds of financial aid you might qualify for? The Purdue Financial Aid Estimator and Net Price Calculator allows you to enter financial data and get instantaneous feedback about possible grants, loans and scholarships.