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Student Guide to Scholarships

The Purdue for Life Foundation’s alumni club program offers local scholarships to students attending Purdue University.

Online Scholarship Application

Scholarship Universe is Purdue’s online scholarship-matching tool for admitted incoming and current Purdue students. This platform connects Boilermakers to millions of dollars in internal and external scholarships. To gain access to these scholarships, simply visit the dedicated Purdue Scholarship Universe page {}, follow the log-in instructions, and begin your search.

  • Incoming students will log in through their admissions portal, using the email they used to apply to Purdue
  • Current students will log in using their career account and password
  • More information on Scholarship Universe may be found here


DEADLINE: The deadline to apply for scholarships through Scholarship Universe is March 1.

The following clubs are utilizing Scholarship Universe to award their scholarships this year. If you are from one of these club areas, please apply by March 1!

Alumni Clubs Scholarship Program

For students interested in searching for scholarships by location, the following Purdue for Life alumni clubs offer local scholarships. To learn more, click on the club name.

National Purdue Alumni Clubs:


  • Southern Arizona (Tucson area)


  • San Diego


  • Connecticut

District of Columbia

  • Washington DC (DMV areas)


  • Jacksonville
  • Sarasota
  • South Florida (Miami/Fort Lauderdale areas)
  • Southwest Florida (Naples area)


  • Atlanta


  • Chicago


  • Central Iowa


  • Kansas City


  • Boston


  • Mid-Michigan
  • Southwest Michigan


  • Twin Cities


  • Kansas City
  • Louis

New York

  • New York City


  • Cincinnati
  • Dayton


  • Lehigh Valley
  • Philadelphia

South Carolina

  • Upstate South Carolina


  • East Tennessee (Knoxville area)
  • Memphis
  • Nashville


  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • San Antonio


  • Milwaukee

The following clubs utilize their own scholarship application. Please visit the club’s website to access their application.

Purdue Alumni Clubs in Indiana:

National Purdue Alumni Clubs:

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.