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The Purdue Alumni Club of Sarasota offers the most fun you’ll ever have networking with other Boilermakers in our local area*.  We promote the interests of Purdue University and Purdue Alumni Association through our spirited involvement in events that offer you ways to interact with Alumni, Families, Friends and Students as we fund local scholarships.

We are a group of lively, savvy, professionals who take pride in our Club’s accomplishments, as we challenge each other on ways to give back while enjoying teamwork.  You may meet a great friend; enjoy an exciting Polo Match or Purdue Game; join a charity run; find people with similar professional interests; realize a way to contribute to the community; and help local scholars as they are just starting their adventures at Purdue University.

Please check out how to join our Club!  There are no fees to become a participating member.

*We focus on social, intellectual, professional, community, and scholarship events with members from across the five counties of Charlotte, Desoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota.


The Purdue Alumni of Sarasota will again be awarding several scholarships to freshmen and returning scholars from our five county area in the coming Fall Semester.

To be eligible for the scholarship, each student must accept the Purdue University offer for admission and submit the standard application through the Purdue University Division of Financial Aid and express your interest in our Club Scholarship.

The application will include an official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores for freshmen.  All applicants must also include scholastic, extra-curricular, and volunteer activities and achievements.  A one paged essay as described in the application will also be required.

Applications are due by March 1 and will be awarded on or before May 1 for the following academic year.

We hope to hear from you soon! Hail Purdue!

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Congratulations in advance for teaming up with one of the finest academic institutions of higher learning in the United States!


You can now purchase Alumni Club of Sarasota 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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Chuck Trippel
President, Purdue Alumni Club of Sarasota

Purdue for Life Foundation

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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.