Finding Private Scholarships

The Division of Financial Aid (DFA) strongly recommends that students visit http://fastweb.com/ to set up a personal private scholarship search account.  Fastweb 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. 

In fact, to help make more scholarships available to Purdue students, the DFA sends all private scholarship eligibility criteria that they receive from outside agencies directly to Fastweb. 

Here’s how the process works (it can be completed in 15 minutes or less):

  • Go to http://fastweb.com/ and set up your account and personal data profile.  Be sure to list Purdue University as your current school in order to be eligible for Purdue-only private scholarships.
  • As scholarships come in that match your profile, you’ll be alerted via e-mail with contact information for that scholarship. 
  • You must then follow up with the scholarship agency via paper application or email as instructed.

Class of 1937 Scholarships (for 2017-2018)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, March 2, 2017:

A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic school 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 Purdue University;
  • Describe financial need for the scholarship (you do not need to be officially qualified for financial aid, just demonstrate need)

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 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic school year.

Applications must be submitted by Friday March 24, 2017, no later than 5:00pm (EST).

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative at (765) 496-2453 or hebrown@purdue.edu.

 

To apply, click on either link: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_db8IN0SD7za3Cux#Class%20of%201937%20Scholarship   or http://www.purdue.edu/advocacy/students/other/scholarships.html

Summer Stay Scholarship (application due March 1st)

From the Summer Stay Scholarship website:

As a Summer Stay Scholar you will take classes and work at least 140 hours with a faculty member on research or doing an internship with a staff office on campus. 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.

Summer Stay Scholars receive a $2,500 scholarship to cover tuition and fees nine summer credit hours. The $2,500 will cover the full tuition and fees for a resident student and be a sizeable decrease in total cost for a non-resident or international student. Also, there are several housing and dining scholarships available for which all applicants will be automatically considered.

To qualify for Summer Stay Scholars, you must have:

  • Attended your first semester at a Purdue University campus in Spring 2016 or earlier
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Not completed a previous on-campus summer course on the West Lafayette campus
  • Undergraduate student status

The application for Summer Stay Scholars 2017 is due by March 1, 2017.

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.