Funding for Student Activities

Don’t let lack of funding prevent you from learning beyond the classroom!

Is there a fabulous unpaid summer internship in your major field of study that you would like to take but can’t because you need paid work to help support your education? Do you want to attend a scientific conference but can’t afford the registration fees? Would you like to job shadow a professional in Chicago but lack money for transportation and housing? Do you aim to gain valuable international experience but it doesn’t fit into your budget? Apply for a Learning Beyond the Classroom grant.


  1. Student must be enrolled in LBC and have accumulated a minimum of 3 points.
  2. Grant must be for an approved LBC activity.
  3. Student may not be on probation.
  4. Student must apply for grant supplying all required information.
  5. Student must sign contract before award is made.
  6. Students must be registered for Purdue course credits during the term in which the scholarship is applied. The 0-credit hour SCI39500: LBC Experience satisfies this requirement. 

Note: As of May 1, 2014, during their time as undergraduates at Purdue, College of Science students are eligible:

  • For a maximum of 2 LBC grants.
  • For only one LBC grant to support an activity administered by the Study Abroad Office.
  • To receive grants up through the semester preceding their semester of graduation.

The College of Science Office of Undergraduate Education reserves the right to make exceptions to these rules in extenuating circumstances and amend them as necessary.

Application process:

  1. All applicants must complete the grant application, which asks for personal information, a description of the activity, and details about the amount requested.
    1. Requests for over $100 must include a short essay addressing the question: How will an LBC grant enhance your undergraduate education?
    2. Requests for over $500 must include both the essay and a letter of recommendation from a Purdue faculty/staff member or sponsor of the activity.
  2. Before a grant is made, the student must show a document that demonstrates intent to participate, such as an acceptance letter, proof of deposit, or registration document.
  3. Before a grant is made, the student must sign a contract stipulating that:
    1. An LBC report on the activity will be submitted by the semester following the activity. If a report is not submitted the registration PIN will be withheld.
    2. The student will function as an LBC ambassador (maximum 2 hour /semester time commitment) which may include meeting with the donor.
  4. If the student does not participate in the activity, the award money will be returned to the College.


  1. Applications for the LBC award will be accepted year-round.
  2. Once an application has been received, it will be reviewed within one week by the LBC administrator and the scholarship administrator.
  3. Once a decision is made, the student will be informed and asked to show proof of intent and to sign the contract.
  4. The timing of an award will be dependent on the awarding timeline of DFA. A minimum of two weeks will be required for the distribution of an award, but the award could take much longer in certain circumstances (e.g. for an international student or during an especially busy time).

Complete the LBC Grant Application here