Your Support Means Everything!

You have the ability to make a real difference to Orientation Programs and those who benefit from our programs’ talents. Your donation reaches far beyond the Purdue campus – it is an investment in the future of Indiana and beyond! Your gifts are a vital contribution that will allow us to grow and continue serving future students.

Class of 1963 Scholarship

Over 80% of the incoming class of Purdue students have the opportunity to attend Boiler Gold Rush, a program that helps students transition to campus through a variety of academic and social programs before the fall semester. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to attend BGR. Each year hundreds of new students experience barriers in attending BGR because of the additional cost for registration. A donation to the Class of 1963 Scholarship will give the opportunity for some students to attend BGR for no cost and help them acclimate to campus in a way they may not have previously received.

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Boiler Gold Rush Program Gift Account

The Boiler Gold Rush Program Gift Account serves as a fund to assist with a variety of offsetting costs for the program from year to year. These funds have been used to support student leaders and incoming students as a way to keep expenses down and better support students in these financial endeavors. Your donation is guaranteed to help a future student in their participation or involvement in Boiler Gold Rush!

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Kasi Jones Memorial Scholarship

Kasi Jones was the Director of Orientation Programs at Purdue University from 2008 to 2018. Coordinating the direction of all orientation programs, STAR, Virtual STAR, Boiler Gold Rush, and Boiler Gold Rush International, Kasi is estimated to have had direct influence on welcoming over 50,000 Boilermakers to Purdue in her tenure. She took pride in her passion: motivating and encouraging college students to succeed in school, leadership and life.

A majority of this took place in her close interactions with the Student Orientation Committee and Team Supervisors. During the week of Boiler Gold Rush, she could be seen driving her overwhelmingly pink decorated golf cart, rocking her green pants, and searching for the best Team Leader beacons.

Kasi was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in April 2016, and began treatment for the disease soon after. Her positivity and optimism during this time was infectious for those that knew what she was battling. However, many did not understand the magnitude of her situation. She did not let cancer define her actions or her attitude, and continued to keep only those close to her in-the-know about her fight against colon cancer.

Kasi passed away in July 2018.

Later that fall, an endowment for the Kasi Jones Memorial Scholarship was created in her name to recognize BGR staff members who overcame adversity through difficult circumstances, but still maintained a great attitude and energy during BGR and BGRi despite this hardship.

We encourage contributions to both her professional home of Orientation Programs at Purdue University, and her undergraduate home of the University of Central Arkansas. Information on how to donate is listed below.

Purdue Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, Indiana, 47907 (include "Kasi Jones Memorial Fund" in the check memo line) or online.

UCA Foundation, UCA Box 4986, Conway, Arkansas, 72035 (include "Kasi Jones Memorial Fund" in the check memo line) or online.
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