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The Purdue Club of Chicago is the oldest and largest of Purdue University’s Alumni Clubs. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational mission and presence of Purdue in the Chicago metropolitan area. Many of our efforts focus on providing scholarship opportunities for Purdue students, promoting Purdue University and supporting the 60,000 alumni that live in Chicagoland.

The Purdue Club of Chicago is rich in history and service to Purdue Alumni. Our organization started in 1890. The Purdue Club of Chicago and Indiana Chicago Club created the tradition of the Old Oaken Bucket. This bucket continues to serve as a trophy in the annual rival football game between Purdue University and Indiana University.

Events are planned throughout the year to bring Chicago-area alumni together. Popular annual events include game-watch parties at local bars, our annual Student Send-Off, participating in Purdue Night at Wrigley Field and other popular professional sports games.

Each year, The Purdue Club of Chicago awards a scholarship to a selected incoming freshmen. Efforts are made throughout the year to raise money to help fund our annual scholarship. 

Ultimately, the Purdue Club of Chicago is about continuing the Purdue experience for alumni and financially assisting future Boilermakers through our scholarship fund. Your enthusiasm for Purdue doesn’t need to end at graduation.


PCC awards an annual scholarship to an incoming freshman from the Chicago area to help offset the costs of out-of-state tuition.

Need and merit are considered in the overall evaluation and selection of a scholarship recipient. PCC strives to award deserving recipients who are well-rounded, and who the Scholarship Committee believes will succeed at Purdue while embracing its traditions and spirit.

Applicants must reside in Cook County. After the initial applications are received and reviewed, eligible candidates will be notified via email and may be asked to provide additional information in support of their applications; the deadline for submission of additional information will be mid-to-late March. To receive a scholarship award, the student must accept admission to Purdue University and enroll as a full-time student.

The Scholarship Committee may also request an online or in-person interview; applicants will be notified via email if an interview is needed or if additional information is requested. We hope to hear from you soon! Hail Purdue!

Applications are due by March 1 and will be awarded on or before April 15 for the upcoming academic year.

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Scholarship Award

The amount of the freshman scholarship award has not yet been determined. Scholarship monies are tendered by the Purdue Bursar’s Office (50% of the award each semester).

A freshman scholarship award may be renewable for up to 50% of the initial reward for the next three consecutive years provided the recipient is enrolled full-time at Purdue and continuously remains eligible. Renewability is subject to the recipient meeting the eligibility criteria set forth in the PCC Endowment, providing additional information to the Scholarship Committee and approval of any award by the Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship winners may be profiled by PCC or Purdue Alumni Association in its publications. The winner will also be recognized at PCC’s Annual Meeting and other events.


Purdue Alumni Club of Chicago established an Endowment with the Purdue Alumni Association to further its scholarship goals.

Engaging and organizing Purdue’s Chicagoland-based alumni is something the Purdue Club of Chicago (PCC) has been doing for 130 years. As the first and one of the largest Purdue Alumni clubs in the country, the Purdue Club of Chicago seeks to connect the ever increasing population of Chicagoland Purdue alumni and celebrate our Boilermaker spirit!

Three Ways to Contribute to the Purdue Club of Chicago

  1. Contribution Online with Purdue, by Clicking Here
  2. Download And Complete The Donation Form, By Clicking Here
  3. Donate to Purdue Club of Chicago Scholarship via PayPal, By Clicking Here

Did you Know that the Purdue Club of Chicago is a Qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization organized for the purpose of providing educational scholarships? Not only does that mean that contributions made directly to PCC may be tax deductible, it also means that contributions can be made to PCC through other charitable organizations, such as United Way.

Many Individuals support United Way as part of their workplace giving campaigns.  While PCC is not a United Way agency, donors can designate PCC on their United Way pledge form. As always your support allows us to provide scholarships to Chicagoland students attending Purdue University.

If you have any questions regarding contributing to PCC or designating us on your United Way election form, feel free to contact our treasurer.

Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to support the efforts of the Purdue Club of Chicago so that we may continue making a difference in our Chicagoland Boilermaker community.


You can now purchase Alumni Club of Chicago merchandise at the official Purdue for Life Foundation merchandise store. Offerings include branded shirts and outerwear for men and women, plus hats, blankets, tumblers, and more! Please note that you will be purchasing from Freckles Graphics, a preferred partner for merchandise.

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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.