Annual Report

Mission Statement

Purdue Promise will champion access, affordability, and holistic support to facilitate opportunities for qualifying Indiana scholars to graduate on time, debt-free, and prepared for life after Purdue.

Purdue Promise has three core values:

  • Include: Embrace and celebrate our diverse community.
  • Support: Foster caring relationships based on trust and accountability.
  • Empower: Cultivate confidence and courage in ourselves and others.

Vision Statement

Purdue Promise aspires to be a nationally recognized model for supporting low-income students, including those who identify as first-generation students and students of color.

Program Elements

Purdue Promise is both a scholarship and a support program. The “Once Purdue Promise, Always Purdue Promise” policy is a commitment that students will receive support through graduation.

  • Scholarship: Purdue Promise functions as a gap scholarship, covering remaining financial need after the Division of Financial Aid applies all other eligible aid to scholars’ accounts. The 21st Century Scholars award covers tuition and regularly assessed fees, whereas Purdue Promise applies to other elements beyond the cost of attendance: room/board, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Scholarships are both donor-funded and Purdue-funded.
  • Virtual Student Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR) (Now Purdue 101 and 102): Scholars meet one-on-one with Student Success Coaches (SSCs) during VSTAR to sign their first scholarship contract. Scholars must agree to participate in the support program to receive the Purdue Promise award.
  • Boiler Gold Rush (BGR): The Purdue Promise support program requires participation in BGR, Purdue’s welcome week experience. Purdue Promise covers scholars’ cost of participation.
  • GS 197: The course is a first-year seminar offered in the fall semester and designed specifically for Purdue Promise first-year scholars. The instructors for the course are scholars assigned SSCs. Scholars meet at least once with coaches outside of class during the semester.
  • Student Success Coaching Meetings: Between GS 197 and GS 405, scholars meet with SSCs two to eight times per semester. The program uses an internal color-coding system based on several factors correlated with scholars’ academic standing and/or scholarship status. Green scholars are least at risk and meet at least twice with their coaches. Yellow scholars are at risk for academic probation status and meet with coaches two to three times. Red scholars are most at risk for academic dismissal and/or loss of scholarship. They meet with coaches four to eight times for academic and/or scholarship recovery.
  • College Scholar Success Program: Beginning with the fall 2019 cohort, scholars complete three online requirements via ScholarTrack each year to renew their 21st Century Scholars awards. This state requirement was modeled after and replaced Purdue Promise modules.
  • Free Printing: Purdue Promise supplements the annual printing quota students receive by offering free printing on the fourth floor of the Krach Leadership Center. • GS 405: The course is a senior seminar titled “Life After College.” Course topics focus on transition into the workplace, financial literacy, and lifelong financial planning.
  • Study Abroad: Purdue Promise coordinates and supplements the cost of a three-week, three-credit study abroad experience(s) during Maymester. Scholars typically pay $500 or less for the trip(s).
  • FAFSA: We require all Purdue Promise scholars to complete the FAFSA in the fall semester. Scholars enrolled in GS 197 or GS 405 completed it as an assignment. All other scholars complete it as part of student success coaching requirements. The FAFSA now opens annually on Oct. 1, having scholars complete it early ensures they meet the April 15 deadline, and gives us more time to assist with FAFSA edits and verification.
  • Logging Outreach and Mining Data: Staff track all interactions with scholars, including details about personal successes and challenges. They use this data for evidence-based decision-making and advocacy. They regularly respond to “issue lists” to reduce barriers to success.
  • 21st Century Scholar Campus Mentor Network: Staff commit to fostering collaborations with campus partners in order to assist participants and to remove barriers to scholars ‘success. Staff also encourage scholars’ maximum utilization of personal and professional networks.

Program Outcomes

As a result of participating in the Purdue Promise four-year experience, students will:

  • Maintain or return to good academic standing.
  • Maintain “on scholarship” status and utilize financial aid efficiently to graduate with a higher debt-free rate than the rate for undergraduate Indiana residents at Purdue.
  • Report increased confidence in a defined set of life skills.
  • Reflect on the value of their experiences and transferrable skills gained.
  • Demonstrate preparation to enter the workforce, professional/graduate school, military, and/or supporting a family after college.

Notable Changes

  • Hired 4 Student Success Coaches: Quinton Skibinski, Dianne Pedroza, Lilli Hertel, and Matt Gouwens
  • Hired a ScholarCorps (AmeriCorps) member: Marnie Abram
  • Our program was approved to hire a second Assistant Director position
  • We hosted our annual Maymester study abroad program to Spain during May 2022
  • We hosted our inaugural Maymester study abroad program to Scotland during May 2022
  • The entire team took the Intercultural Development Inventory and completed their Individual Development Plans. The assessment focus is to gauge and grow cross-cultural competency.
  • Michelle Ashcraft departed her role as Director after 10 years with the program to pursue a position with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education
  • Jazmine Clifton was promoted to Director in October 2022

Our Data

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