Class of 1937 Scholarships (appl. due March 25)

From Jenny Bowes, Student Support Specialist, ODOS Advocacy and Support Center: 

A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2016 – 2017 school year from funds donated by members of the Purdue Class of 1937 in support of current students.  Criteria for determining recipients of this scholarship include leadership, character, scholarship, and financial need.

To be Eligible for a Purdue Class of 1937 Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be enrolled at the Purdue University West Lafayette campus
  • Be registered for 12 or more credit hours
  • Classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior during the 2016 – 2017 academic year
  • Have a cumulative grade index of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be in good academic and social standing with the University
  • Show evidence of leadership ability and leadership potential
  • Be a domestic student as defined by the University
  • Describe financial need for the scholarship (but does not have to qualify for financial aid to be considered for the award)

The number of scholarships awarded and their amounts for 2016-2017 will be determined by the interest earned on the Class of 1937 endowment during the past year.  An average of 15 scholarships has been awarded each year since 1987-88, with individual scholarship amounts ranging from $500 to $4000.

Each scholarship amount for 2016-2017 will be equally divided between fall and spring semesters.  Previous applicants and recipients may apply again for this scholarship, provided they will be enrolled as full-time, undergraduate student at the West Lafayette campus during the 2016-2017 academic school year.

The application may be found at the following link: or

Applications and Recommendation letters must be submitted by Friday March 25, 2016 no later than 5:00 pm (EST).

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Advocacy and Support Center in the Office of the Dean of Students at (765) 494-1747 or

PFCU “Feathers” Scholarship (appl. due March 1)

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

This award recognizes the outstanding school or 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).
  • Applicants must have earned a Purdue 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 now available and due by March 1, 2016

To learn about other scholarship opportunities available to Purdue and Exploratory students, visit

Fulbright Scholarships Week (Feb. 8 – 11)

From the NISO Fulbright website

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,900 fully-funded grants for U.S. citizens to research, study, or teach during a post-baccalaureate year abroad.  Although this is something our Exploratory Studies students cannot pursue now, it’s worth gathering information early!  Here’s what’s happening during Fulbright Week (February 8th – 11th):

Mon. 2/8 in STEW 313

  • 5:00 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview (RSVP here)
  • 5:45 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program – STEM Students (RSVP here)

Mon. 2/8 in Shreve Hall C-107

  • 7:00 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview (RSVP here)

Tues. 2/9 in STEW 206

  • 6:00 PM: Research and Study Grants – Guidance for applying undergraduate students (RSVP here).                                                                              Guest: Allison Turner, 2015-16 Fulbright Grantee – Canada, and Purdue Alumna
  • 6:45 PM
    English Teaching Assistant Grants (RSVP here).                                     Guest: Collin Hanson, 2014-15 Fulbright Grantee – Ecuador, and Purdue Alumnus

Wed. 2/10 in STEW 279

  • 5:30 PM: Research and Study Grants – guidance for applying graduate students (RSVP here)
  • 6:15 PM: English Teaching Assistant Grants (RSVP here)
    Guest: Collin Hanson, 2014-15 Fulbright Grantee – Ecuador, and Purdue Alumnus

Thurs. 2/11 in Duhme Hall Living Room

  • 6:00 PM: Meet and Mix with International Fulbright Scholars on Campus (RSVP here)

Details about each of these sessions is available at the NISO Fulbright website.

Finding Private Scholarships

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid strongly recommends that students visit Fastweb,, or to reserach private scholarship options.

Fastweb, for example, is a nationally known scholarship company that does not charge students to provide a scholarship match service.  By entering your personal profile, Fastweb will do a search to see if you match the eligibility requirements for over 600,000 private scholarships listed in their database.  They can also send you e-mail updates with newly-found scholarship options.

No matter which site you choose, be sure to list “Purdue University” as your current school in order to be matched with private scholarships specifically for Purdue University students!

Purdue also offers departmental scholarships and specially funded scholarships.  If you have questions, contact the Division of Financial Aid on their help line at (765) 494-5050 or visit them Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Schleman Hall, room 305.