Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Scholarship awards have been decided. Those that have received funding have been notified. If you did not receive notification, many have a chance to re-apply next year.

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

  • The scholarships are administered during the spring semester and applied the following academic year, 50% awarded in the fall and the remaining 50% in the spring semesters.
  • The application deadline for each scholarship is March 1.
  • Other than the Ewing Scholarship, each requires completing an application, one letter of recommendation, and filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA or EFC (Expected Family Contribution) for the current academic year at least several weeks before the scholarship application deadline.
  • All awards are a minimum of $1000.
  • Click here to access the Scholarship Application. You will need to login using your Purdue login and password.
  • Hard copy applications are not available.
  • Please email all letters of reference to
    • More than likely the referee will have their own content preferences for writing letters of recommendation. However please reference this commonly used example of a recommendation letter  if you have questions about formatting and/or what content to include.

Helen B. Schleman Scholarship

This scholarship is named for the founder of the Span Plan Program. Applicants must have a 2.2 GPA, maintain enrollment of 6 credit hours during each of the fall and spring semesters. The applicant must request a letter of recommendation. This scholarship may be renewed if the recipient is continually enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, receives a minimum GPA of 2.2, and maintains conduct consistent with the student code of conduct at Purdue University.

Peggy Sullivan Achievement Award

This award is named for a former Assistant Dean and Director of Span Plan. Applicants must have completed 12 credit hours at Purdue and be a full time (12 or more credit hours) continuing student with a GPA of 3.0 or above. The applicant must request a letter of recommendation. Leadership, character, and achievement are considered.

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

Nontraditional Student Scholarship

This scholarship is open to degree and non-degree seeking nontraditional undergraduates. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.0. The applicant must request a letter of recommendation.

Contact Us

Span Plan Adult Student Services
Krach Leadership Center
1198 Third Street, Rooms 420 & 422
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to noon
& 1 to 5 p.m. Staff available
by appointment or walk-in.
Phone: 765-494-5860

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-4600

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