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Current Students

The Purdue for Life Foundation works with students to connect them with alumni, celebrate their Purdue experience, and prepare them for life after graduation. Our programs support students in a variety of ways.


The Purdue Alumni Student Experience (PASE), the largest student organization on campus with over 7,000 members, prepares students for life after college and cultivates their lifelong link to Purdue and its alumni. Programs are usually open to all students, but members receive complimentary gear each year, access to exclusive events, and discounts on textbooks and apparel at Follett’s Purdue Bookstores. The cost to join is a one-time payment of $125.

John Purdue Club

The John Purdue Club (JPC) serves as the alumni-engagement arm of Purdue Athletics and is responsible for raising funds in support of Purdue’s student-athletes. When students sign up for a Boarding Pass, which offers exclusive access to select athletic events, a portion of this investment supports student-athlete scholarships. Investing in a Boarding Pass also allows current students to begin accruing JPC priority points, which determine priority access after graduation.

Graduating Boarding Pass holders have the opportunity to continue accruing priority points and supporting Purdue Athletics through the JPC’s New Professionals program, which offers the ability to maintain membership with the club at a significantly discounted rate. In fact, all recent graduates are eligible to take part in the New Professionals program for as little as $25 per year.

Purdue Foundation Student Board

The Purdue Foundation Student Board (PFSB) bridges the gap between the Purdue for Life Foundation and the student body. Board members focus on philanthropic initiatives to educate peers on the importance of giving back and serve as ambassadors and stewards to alumni and donors in support of the University’s private-giving goals. Students can apply for membership each spring.

Graduate Gateway

Graduate Gateway is a program designed for students who are in their final year on campus. Signature events like Send-Off and Senior Week celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our students and connect them with resources they will use as alumni.


Purdue for Life both employs student interns and connects students with job opportunities at the University that qualify as internships. We frequently hire students to serve as front-line ambassadors at Boilermaker Station Welcome Center, where they operate the front desk and engage with alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests. Additionally, the Purdue Research Foundation, our parent organization, has internship-eligible opportunities available.

Contact Us

Carol Smith
Director, Student Engagement

  • Internships
  • Alumni volunteer opportunities with students


John Purdue Club Staff

  • Boarding Pass
  • Young Professionals program


Traci Robison
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, President’s Council

  • Purdue Foundation Student Board


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.