Gifts in Memory and Honor

A tribute gift is a meaningful way to memorialize a loved one or to honor the impact that a special person has had on your life.

The easiest way to make tribute gifts—gifts in memory or in honor of someone—is online. Before you complete your gift to Purdue, in the ADDITIONAL GIFT INFORMATION section of our online form, check the “In Memory/Honor Of” box and provide the requested information.

Tell us the name of the person you are honoring with your gift and whether a specific fund will be used to honor this person. If you would like Purdue to notify the honoree or a family member, please also indicate the name and address of the individual to be notified.

Common Questions

Choose any fund (including restricted and existing endowment funds) that is particularly meaningful to you or the honoree. For help determining the right fund, call the Purdue for Life Foundation at 800-319-2199.

Or support the Purdue Scholarship Fund, a general scholarship fund that benefits undergraduate students across the West Lafayette campus.

Yes! Through an endowment, you can honor someone and leave a permanent legacy. To establish a new fund or scholarship in memory of a family member, friend, professor, or student, please call the Office of Planned Giving at 765-494-2727 or email us at plangift@prf.org to learn more.

Please provide the following information:

  • The name of the deceased.
  • The name and address of any next of kin where Purdue may send notifications of gifts.
  • If known, the fund or program that the family wishes to support. If you have not decided, an advancement officer can help you select a fund that best honors your loved one.

If you would like the obituary to include a URL to a webpage about the fund, please contact us at annual.giving@purdueforlife.org.

Mailed contributions

The family has designated Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering for memorial contributions in honor of Mary Jane Smith. Please make donations payable to Purdue Foundation and mail to Purdue Foundation, 403 W. Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907. 

Online contributions

The family has designated Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering for memorial contributions in honor of Mary Jane Smith. Please make donations online at Giving.Purdue.edu/InMemoryofMaryJaneSmith