New scholarship fund to open; Hall is first honoree

August 30, 2011

Purdue will announce today (Aug. 30) a new scholarship fund that can be used to honor Purdue faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

Joyce Hall, retiring executive director of Purdue's Division of Financial Aid, will be the first Heritage Scholarship Fund honoree.

"It's very appropriate that the first honoree is Joyce, who has spent 33 years at Purdue, much of that time helping students make the best use of financial aid to pay for their education," said Pamela Horne, associate vice provost of enrollment management and dean of admissions.

Horne said the idea behind the Heritage Scholarship Fund is to provide a resource for honoring someone and to give donors a way to pool contributions to have a larger impact.

"This fund will allow us to combine smaller amounts into a larger endowment that will ultimately provide aid to a larger group of students," Horne said.

Horne foresees the fund being used to honor other retirees, as a source for memorials or for parents who want to contribute to celebrate a student's accomplishments. The fund will provide open-ended, general scholarships to students from all disciplines.

Hall, who will be honored at a retirement party today where the scholarship fund will be announced, said she's thrilled about the fund and touched to be its first honoree.

"I can't think of anything I would appreciate more than this," she said. "I know how much scholarships mean to Purdue students, and I'm delighted that my friends and colleagues will have this method to help them."

For more information on the Heritage Scholarship Fund, contact Horne at 49-47014 or, or Cheryl Altinkemer, associate vice president for advancement at 49-48218 or

To contribute in honor of Hall, go to