Scholarship Opportunities

Span Plan offers many different scholarship opportunities for undergraduate nontraditional students at Purdue University.  Please use the links below to explore the available options, noting that there are different deadlines and awarding timelines associated with different scholarship programs.  Generally, scholarships will require a minimum of half-time enrollment (6 hours each semester), a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher, a completed FAFSA for the awarding term, and good standing with the university.

Academic Year Scholarships: Deadline July 1

  • Awarded to undergraduate nontraditional students for the fall/spring terms of the next upcoming academic year.

Semester  Part-Time Scholarships: Deadline April 1 for summer, August 1 for fall, and January 1 for spring

  • This opportunity is available to students enrolled in less than 8 credit hours each fall and spring semester or less than 6 hours each summer term.

Linda Hurd Ewing Scholarship:  Deadline December 1

  • This scholarship is awarded for the spring semester and requires submission of a recommendation of nomination from a staff or faculty member.

 Academic Year Scholarships

Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services offers annual scholarships for nontraditional undergraduate students.

  • The scholarship application deadline is July 1.
  • Scholarships are reviewed after the July 1 deadline and awarded for the following academic year, 50% awarded in the fall and the remaining 50% in the spring semesters.
  • To be considered, completed applications must be submitted by the July 1 deadline and requires a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file withe Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid Office.
    • The Ewing Scholarship requires a nomination form (listed below
  • Scholarships will be renewable when a student remains enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) each fall and spring semester, maintain a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average (GPA), and remain in good standing with the university.
  • Hard copy applications are not accepted.

Span Plan Nontraditional Scholarships are given to honor the following individuals and their tireless efforts to create educational opportunities that spanned the lifetime of learners by providing services that recognized the unique circumstances nontraditional students faced in their academic pursuits.  These women provided leadership and vision that allowed Span Plan to thrive; their achievements are recognized through the financial support we are able to provide students today.

Scholarships are given to honor the dedication of:

Helen B. Schleman

The founder of the Span Plan Program in 1968, Dean Schleman became Purdue’s second full-time Dean of Women in 1947, a time when female students required a campus administrator’s permission to wear pants instead of skirts.  Her mission was “keeping women from going to see intellectually,” according to a release issued by the Purdue News Bureau.  The program began to help women gain financial independence and provide them with options and grew to help all nontraditional students in 1976.

Cecelia Zissis

Cecilia Zissis served as assistant and associate dean of women at Purdue from 1950-74. She published many articles and gave many presentations throughout the world on women’s education and on the changing roles of men and women. She served as the program’s director from 1970-87.

Peggy Sullivan

As the third director of Span Plan (1987-2001), Peggy Sullivan provided 30 years of service to traditional and nontraditional students at Purdue from 1962-2002, helping countless students reach their educational goals.  She provided opportunities for students to be involved and engaged in campus life.

Part-time Student Scholarships

Span Plan part-time scholarship are need based funding for part-time nontraditional undergraduate students and are administered each semester. By the application deadline, applicants are required to be in part-time registration status for the semester the grant will be disbursed, be in good academic standing and have filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Application deadlines are: April 1 for summer, August 1 for fall, and January 1 for spring. Award amounts are determined by enrollment hours; fee remission eligible recipients will have awards adjusted so that the amount of fee remission and part-time scholarship do not exceed tuition charges for the term. Enrollment can be at Purdue University, West Lafayette, or Purdue Polytechnic Statewide, Lafayette.

The application for part-time student scholarships can be found here.

Spring Scholarship

Linda Hurd Ewing Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named for a former Associate Dean of Students who valued leadership, integrity, and the ability to communicate with all ages. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be nominated to be considered. Please direct your reference here for the nomination form. These forms should be emailed to no later than December 1 annually.

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Phone: 765-494-5860

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