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Welcome to the website of the Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana. Please use our menu above to find information on different topics such as upcoming events or our scholarships.  We also strongly encourage you to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram as we regularly post information to these social media channels, including events that happen on short notice.

The Northwest Indiana area is home to some 30,000+ Purdue alumni. The Purdue Club of Northwest Indiana was chartered as the Purdue Club of Lake County in 1949 and has continually fostered engagement with Purdue alumni and friends to this day!  In the mid-2000’s, the club expanded to include Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, and Newton counties, and thus evolved into the Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana.  The club serves as a link, to connect alumni and supporters both to the university, as well as to each other.

The Purdue Club of Northwest Indiana hosts a wide range of activities each year including football and basketball games watches, networking events, holiday parties, wine tastings, community service, and events for children.  In short, there is something for everyone!  One of our other major activities is awarding scholarships each year to high-achieving Purdue students from Northwest Indiana.  The club has awarded scholarships for many years, and the club’s board of directors focus each year on continuing this proud tradition by raising funds and soliciting applications.

A common question that we get is “how do I join the club?”  The good news is that anyone can be a member.  There is also no cost to be a part of our club, as it operates with support from both the Purdue Alumni Association in West Lafayette, as well as donations from alumni and friends.  We do highly encourage you to join the Purdue Alumni Association as your membership provides direct funding to our club, registers you as a member in the club area, and provides you with a host of other benefits.

We certainly hope that you will join us at an upcoming event.  If the club can ever be of assistance, or if you have any further questions about the club, do not hesitate to contact us.

Hail Purdue!

Mike Moskalick


The Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana annually awards the Purdue Scholar Award.  Students who think that they qualify for this award should start the application process by filling out the scholarship application and submitting it as soon as possible.

Criteria used to award the scholarship include:

  • Student must be currently attending any Purdue University campus
  • Must be a resident of the club area (Lake, Porter, Jasper or Newton counties)
  • Minimum of a 3.5 grade point average
  • Have participated in a student organization while a freshman at Purdue
  • Be a full time student having completed at least 24 credit hours
  • Will be an undergraduate student in the next academic year.  Note: Students who will be classified as a Professional or Graduate student in the next academic year are not eligible.

Make sure that you meet all of the criteria before applying.

The scholarship is not renewable.

Questions?  Email


West Lafayette students apply here

Purdue Northwest students apply here

March 1st is the deadline to apply!


You can now purchase Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana 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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Sherrie Bereda

Purdue for Life

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.