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Educational Dreams Becoming a Reality Then and Now

Originally from Nicaragua, Joseph Pabst always had aspirations to work in the aviation industry. He was interested in all aspects of the field including engineering, flying, and management. With reputable programs in each, Joseph held a firm belief that Purdue was the right choice for his higher education needs.

Joseph’s father was a lawyer from Indiana who met and married his mother in Nicaragua. Born and raised in Central America, Joseph came to the United States in 1996 to pursue his post-high school education. And while his family did not have the financial resources to support the international tuition cost, his financial needs were met through some creative use of grants and scholarships.

He received his BS degree from the School of Aviation and Transportation Technology in 2000 and later received his executive MBA from the Krannert Graduate School of Management in 2005. As a sophomore, Joseph secured an internship with Continental Airlines in Houston, Texas. He continued his work with the company each summer thereafter. Post-graduation, he moved to a full-time job in their loyalty marketing division. While working on his MBA, he was offered a position on their sought-after corporate development team but ended up turning it down when loyalty marketing offered to promote him to his first management role.

Today, Joseph works for a Fortune 100 company in New York City. He recently added a generous provision in his estate plan to support LatinX students who are active within the Latino Cultural Center. “The help I got helped me achieve my goals, and a helping hand is key for all students,” Joseph said. His company also has a commendable matching program to further enhance the gift.

Joseph noted that while average tuition rates for most colleges have increased by thirty percent in the last ten years, Purdue has kept their rates frozen for eleven years. He says, “Purdue is leading the way in higher education and making it affordable—it’s just another reason why I decided to give back.” //

Writer: Andrea Marfell, Donor Relations Communications

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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.