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Purdue for Life Foundation



Across the world, Purdue Boilermakers are recognized for breaking records in the classroom, in sport, and even in Space. But here on campus and within Purdue Athletics, we know Boilermakers are much more than a remarkable group of high-achievers. Like you, they are selfless, loyal, authentic, and passionate. You are Ever True.

And we are Ever Grateful. For your friendship, generosity, and commitment. We thank you today and everyday. L. Dick Buell Purdue Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Matt Painter, and Purdue Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Katie Gearlds, want to let you know how thankful we are for you. Please press play on the image below to hear more about the impact you’ve made and continue to make on the Boilermakers. 

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.