At Purdue, most merit scholarships are awarded to qualified freshmen based on academic information provided in your admission application. To learn more about the Trustees, Presidential and Marquis scholarships, you can head over to admissions. If you were awarded one of these as a freshman, view the requirements to renew your scholarship.

University Scholarships for Indiana Residents

Purdue Bound

Purdue Promise (Indiana 21st Century Scholars)

Purdue Departmental  Scholarships

There are many departmental scholarships available to Purdue students. Learn how to apply.

Scholarships Requiring Separate Applications

Based on Financial Need - January 1, 2019 Deadline:

  • The Barbara Cooper Clark Memorial Scholarship - Available to students who are Purdue Physical Facilities employees, the child of a current or former Purdue Physical Facilities employee, or pursuing a degree in interior design or industrial technology.
  • The LaVerne Noyes Scholarship - Available to qualified descendants of World War I veterans.
  • The Law Enforcement Personnel Children's Scholarship - Available to a child of Law Enforcement Personnel or a child whose parent is deceased but was a member of Law Enforcement Personnel.
  • The Order of Amaranth Scholarship - Available to students who are related to an active member of the Order of the Amaranth who is affiliated with the Masonic Fraternity.
  • The Raymond R. Best Scholarship - Available to Indiana residents in the College of Engineering.
  • The Robert and Florence Bookwalter Memorial Scholarship - Available to students who hold a current amateur radio operator license.

Based on Leadership and/or Service:

  • The Amelia Earhart Scholarship (January 1, 2019 deadline)- Based on academic merit and leadership and is open to juniors and seniors enrolled in any school at the West Lafayette campus.
  • The Mortar Board Awards and Scholarships - Awarded annually by the Barbara Cook Chapter to students, organizations and staff in the Purdue community to recognize leadership and community involvement as well as to support students, organizations and groups who exert themselves to better the Greater Lafayette community.
  • The President's Council 40th Anniversary Scholarship (February 1, 2019 Deadline) - Forty short years ago, President Arthur Hansen, recognizing the growing need for philanthropy in higher education, created a leadership donor society at Purdue named President's Council. Since then thousands of members have supported professorships, fellowships, new facilities, research, athletics, scholarships, and countless other programs and auxiliaries on campus. To honor the commitments of President's Council members the 40th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship has been established. The deadline to apply is February 1 for the upcoming academic year.

Based on Special Interests:

  • The General Motors/Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Endowed Scholarship  - Awarded to minority and female employees and minority and female children and spouses of GM employees. This is not a need-based scholarship; however, applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • The Norfolk and Western Scholarship - Awarded to an employee or a member of an employee's family of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.
  • The Samuel B. Lutz and the Emil and Laura Miller Scholarships  - For undergraduate students from farming families. Eligible students only need to submit one application to be considered for these two scholarships.
  • The Space Shuttle Memorial Fund Scholarship - Provides scholarships to Purdue students with demonstrated interests in the space program. Contributions from student organizations, alumni and friends were used to establish the Space Shuttle Memorial Fund.

Purdue Alumni Association/Purdue Club Scholarships

  • We inspire wellbeing in the lives and global communities of Purdue Alumni; personally, professionally and intellectually, we connect alumni to Purdue and to each other.  Through engagement with active alumni, the Purdue Alumni Association along with clubs all across the country, provide meaningful scholarship opportunities to current and future Boilermakers.  (March 1, 2019 Deadline)
Private Scholarships

A private scholarship (also known as outside award) is money provided by donors outside the University. Such awards may range from a few hundred dollars given by a local service club to several thousand dollars awarded by a corporation. Learn how to apply for private scholarships.

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