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Alumni Club Recognition Program

The Purdue for Life Foundation’s Alumni Club Recognition Program recognizes clubs that go above and beyond to support the vision and mission of Purdue University. These high-achieving clubs can earn Gold, Silver, or Bronze status, as described below.

Clubs that achieve one of these tiers receive financial incentives each year to support their general operations and club scholarship. Funds will be provided twice each year in the form of checks sent to the club treasurer, with half of the funds covered in each installment. Checks will be sent in August and January of each fiscal year.

Funds provided to clubs are based on the following:

  • Submission of the annual agreement
  • Adherence to the annual agreement requirements
  • Submission of the volunteer agreement by each individual board member
  • Number of Purdue Alumni Association members in the club’s geographic area
  • Standing of the club based on the recognition program:
    • Gold—$2.50 per PAA member in the club’s geographic area plus $500 in operational funds
    • Silver—$1.50 per member plus $500 in operational funds
    • Bronze—$500 flat-fee payment
  • Scholarship donations if the club achieved the level of Gold or Silver in the club recognition program:
    • Gold—$1,000 (or $500 for clubs that hold accounts outside of PRF)
    • Silver—$600 (or $300 for clubs that hold accounts outside of PRF)

NOTE: Qualifying clubs also receive a decorative felt Block P, a commemorative letter, and recognition during an annual celebration.

Recognition Program Overview

Below is an overview of the recognition program and how each tier level can be achieved.

Tier Levels
Number of events
Engagement funds
Scholarship funds
Alumni Engagement & Outreach Initiatives
Complete six for gold, three for silver, or two for bronze.
Send a monthly Newsletter (minimum of 4/year)
Host a family-focused event in your community (not a student send-off)
Host an event targeting recent graduates and/or incoming/current students (not a student send-off)
Coordinate a community service project with a local organization
Host a professional networking event
Host a social event that brings together alumni, friends, and fans
Partner with another Alumni Club and/or affinity group to host an event
Participate in educational outreach programs with local schools or community organizations,
such as tutoring or service-learning programs
Host student send-off
Attend ALVC (2 or more club members)
Sporting Event Watch Party
Host an event with the primary purpose to raise scholarship funds.
Purdue for Life Foundation

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.