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About the Purdue Women’s Network

The Purdue Women’s Network is a sisterhood of alumnae and friends of the university that motivates, inspires, uplifts, and connects Purdue women—now and for life.

In October 2020, the Purdue Alumni Association’s International Council of Purdue Women and the Purdue Research Foundation’s Women for Purdue merged to create the Purdue Women’s Network. Working together, we’re united to improve the future of Purdue women.

About the International Council of Purdue Women

The International Council of Purdue Women was founded in 2017. Inspired by Kathleen Sarpy (LA’92), the council was created for Purdue women—across all ages, degrees, and professional interests—to share, connect, and grow together.

“I find that when women get together and connect and inspire one another and lift one another up, really good things happen,” Sarpy said at the time.

About Women for Purdue

Seeing that Purdue women wanted to play a significant role in Purdue’s future success, Women for Purdue was established in 2003 to encourage and celebrate women’s leadership in giving to the university. Women for Purdue was created to be a collaborative philanthropic community that inspired women to recognize their individual and collective power to make a difference at Purdue and beyond.

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.