Rising Scholars Program

Purdue University recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to start the Rising Scholars Program.

The Rising Scholars Program focuses on guiding students on their journey to becoming an engineer by developing a strong network of support at Purdue. During the course of their time at Purdue, Rising Scholars will meet professors, staff, industry contacts, and alumni who will integrate into their network of support and help students reach their academic and professional goals.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • $6,500 per year scholarship;

  • Work on research and development skills with Purdue Professors; 

  • Receive an upperclassman mentor during freshman year in your preferred engineering major; 

  • Assist MEP with exciting the next generation of engineers 

  • Learn about working in industry with an internship

  • Learn about graduate school opportunities

What is the structure of the program?

The Rising Scholar Program is a structured curricular and co-curricular experience designed to build students' networks as they progress through the undergraduate curriculum.  

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Who is eligible for the program?

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have applied to the Purdue College of Engineering or Pre-Agricultural or Biological Engineering Program as a residential applicant;

  • Receiving a decision of Denied, but Offered an Alternate Major;

  • Selected Exploratory Studies as the Alternate Major;

  • Have a need of at least $6,500 as determined by the Division of Financial Aid (most students on free and reduced lunch will qualify);

  • Having completed or enrolled in two or these three AP classes: Chemistry, Calculus, or Physics;

  • Have a Core GPA of 3.00 or above and an SAT combined score of 1,000 or above;

  • Complete the Rising Scholar application process through the Minority Engineering Program. 

Students who meet these criteria will be considered for the program.

For more information on this program, send an e-mail to cgss@purdue.edu or call us at (765) 494-3978.

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