Frequently Asked Questions

Do students receive other financial aid in addition to the Summer Stay Scholarship to cover expenses other than tuition and fees?

Students who are awarded the Summer Stay Scholarship will receive $2,500 to apply towards the tuition and fees of nine credit hours over the summer. The $2,500 covers full tuition and fees for a resident student and is a considerable amount off the tuition and fees for a non-resident or international student. Also, there are several housing/dining scholarships available for which all Summer Stay Scholars applicants will be automatically considered.

Does the internship or research experience have to qualify for receiving academic credit?

Not all internships or research experiences will be able to count as academic credit toward a student's degree. This will depend on faculty approval. If it is desired that the internship or research experience does count as academic credit, the student will have to register for an independent course number already set up by the respective college or department. The 140-hour requirement is typically worth three credits. A possible example would be if an accounting student would like to complete an internship in the Bursar's Office, then it may qualify for three academic credits if approved by the accounting department.

How many classes are covered by the scholarship?

As a Summer Stay Scholar you will take nine credit hours. You will be able to choose six of the nine credit hours during the summer. The other three credit hours will consist of a one-credit research/internship companion course and a two-credit wellness-focused course.

Do students have to take a certain amount of credit hours as Summer Stay Scholars?

Yes.  All students who are awarded the Summer Stay Scholarship will be required to enroll in and complete nine credit hours during the 12-week summer session. You will be able to choose six of the nine credit hours during the summer. The other three credit hours will consist of a one-credit professional portfolio-building course (ENTR 46000) and a two-credit wellness-focused course (PES 11100). Both courses are taken in an online format.

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Can a student do a summer study abroad while participating in Summer Stay Scholars?

Students who wish to do a study abroad during summer may still qualify for Summer Stay Scholars. He or she will need to make the appropriate arrangements with the research or internship supervisor in order to ensure that the expectation of a minimum of 140 hours of work in the research or internship are completed before the end of the summer session (August 4, 2017). Additionally, the study abroad experience must be finished in time for the student to physically be in West Lafayette to take nine credits of courses.

Are the Summer Stay research and internship experiences paid?

Not necessarily. It is not required that the internship or research experience be paid, but it may be. Such an arrangement is up to the faculty or supervisor of each experience. The scholarship itself is limited to tuition and fees payment.

Can a student still complete an internship or research project if he or she does not receive the Summer Stay Scholarship?

Yes. If there is a good match between a student and an available internship or research project that is not filled by another student recipient of the scholarship, then it may be possible that non-Summer Stay students can pursue the opportunity. Students and faculty/supervisors are encouraged to still reach out to one another to determine details for the opportunity and we will help facilitate the initial conversation. Also, if a student knows of an internship or research experience that is not listed in the Summer Stay application, they are encouraged to contact faculty and staff to express their interest in being on-campus over the summer to gain experience. Many times, the only thing missing to create a customized opportunity based on a student's interests is proper communication between a faculty or staff member.

How will students be selected to receive the Summer Stay Scholarship?

Each eligible application will be reviewed by a committee comprised of Purdue faculty and staff members and the supervisors of each research and internship experience. These individuals will decide on the best fit between the student and the internship or research opportunity.

What if a student qualifies for the scholarship but finds a research or internship experience that is not listed on the Summer Stay Scholars application?

A student would be able to select "other" in the list of experiences in the application and briefly describe how the experience they have lined up contributes to their Purdue studies and what they would be doing during the required 140 hours of work.

Who selects the Summer Stay Scholars?

The Summer Stay Scholars are selected by a committee of faculty and staff in the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the supervisor(s) of each research or internship experience.

If selected, how long do I have to complete the 140 research or internship hours and how do I know the specific days/times of work?

Each supervisor of the research and internship experiences will be flexible with the students, especially given the fact that you will also be taking classes. While it is up to each supervisor to ultimately work out a schedule with the Summer Stay Scholars, the 140 hours must be completed during the 12 weeks of the Summer 2017 term. Most supervisors will expect 10-12 hours of work each week from the scholars in order to reach the 140 total over the course of 12 weeks.

Who do I contact with questions about Summer Stay?

Inquiries via email can be sent to or students can call 765-496-2023.


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