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, scholarships.com, or finaid.org 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.

PICC First-generation Scholarships (apply by Oct. 15th for Spring 2016)

The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC) is accepting applications from first-generation undergraduate college students for a $2500 semester-long merit scholarship program.  The PICC is a nonpartisan, university-wide initiative for applied and experiential learning at Purdue University, founded and directed by Carolyn Curiel, a former journalist, senior White House speechwriter and United States Ambassador.

The PICC offers undergraduate students from any discipline the opportunity to become better citizens and informed contributors to democracy. In classes and activities, students experience and explore the American system, interacting with leaders in public service, journalism, industry and advocacy, at Purdue and in Washington, DC.

This scholarship opportunity is open to any major at Purdue University.


Students must:

  • Be in the first generation of their immediate family to go to college
  • Have graduated from an accredited American high school
  • Have at least a 2.3 college GPA
  • Obtain at least sophomore standing by Spring 2016
  • Be a PICC student member, or willing to complete the application, which includes a writing test, and commit to membership prior to the start of the award period

To Apply:

Fill out the online application at https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2sBPiAuZUKglfkF and upload:

  • A copy of Academic Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Your professional Resume
  • An essay on how you plan to give back to your community

Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a professional or faculty contact to PICC at picc@purdue.edu

Award Requirements:

  • Sign and adhere to the PICC Integrity Pledge
  • Remain in good standing academically and in all other aspects with Purdue University
  • Enroll in and complete a PICC course, independent study, or approved course (as determined by the Executive Director) for the Spring 2016 semester
  • Attend all official PICC meetings and events
  • Provide a biography and professional photograph for the PICC website
  • Complete an online exit survey at the end of the award period


2015 Feathers Scholarship for EXPL Students

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). Students must have started as a beginner in Exploratory Studies.
  • 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). Supporting materials includes a 250-word essay and one recommendation letter – see the application for more detail.

Applications and all supporting materials are due to the front desk of Exploratory Studies (Young Hall, 8th floor) by March 1st! Award recipients will be notified by e-mail.