Provost's Newsletter – January 2019

Awards & Recognition

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Stan Jones Award  Winner

Michelle Ashcraft, Director of Purdue Promise receives the Stan Jones Award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Purdue Promise garners statewide and national recognition 

Purdue Promise, a student support program that combines four years of financial assistance with intensive, specialized aid and counsel for 21st Century Scholars, is the recipient of several major awards. The 21st Century Scholarship program provides tuition assistance for low-income Indiana students. Purdue Promise received the 2018 Stan Jones Student Success Award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in December. 

“The Stan Jones award was designed to build upon Stan’s legacy of landmark education policy and student success initiatives,” said Commissioner Teresa Lubbers. “Purdue Promise is a model support program that demonstrates the importance of wraparound services for financial aid recipients,” she said. “The program has been instrumental in helping Purdue’s 21st Century Scholars complete college in a timely and affordable way before moving on to a rewarding career.”

The program provides scholarships covering full financial need, in addition to full-time coaches who provide individualized care and support for Purdue Scholars. Recent data show that participants in the program now graduate at a higher rate than the rest of Purdue’s undergraduate student body and with significantly less debt.

Purdue Promise student Morgan Torres, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts, first-generation college student and President of the Purdue Student Veterans Organization, shares that Purdue Promise is a critical supportive element in her educational career. “I have a coach who not only wants to know how I am doing academically but emotionally, physically, and overall wants to know about my well-being,” Torres said. “I found that no one is asking me these questions, besides my Purdue Promise coach. She follows up on my concerns with certain courses, certain clubs, and most importantly, Purdue Promise is consistent. Whether it is teaching me how to budget or requiring me to log time to relax.”

In addition to being honored at the CHE awards ceremony, Purdue Promise receives a $5,000 award to help further its important work increasing student success and closing completion gaps.

NASPA — the primary and largest professional organization for student affairs professionals in the US and Canada — also has presented Purdue Promise with the following awards: Best Practices in International Higher Education Award for Study Abroad Programming; an Outstanding Professional Award for Jess Ramsey, assistant director for Purdue Promise; the Excellence (Gold) Award for their category, and the Grand Gold Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this dynamic program that is truly making a difference for our undergraduate students!


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