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Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
January 21 - February 5, 2025
Picture shows a scenic Tahiti.
Tahiti & French Polynesia
February 21 - March 3, 2025
Dutch Waterways.
Dutch Waterways
April 23 - May 1, 2025
Aerial view of a beach in Curacao

Explore the world with your Purdue for Life family

The Purdue for Life Foundation offers you the world through exciting international and domestic travel opportunities, and as travel opens up around the globe, we will be expanding these opportunities. Sharing experiences with your fellow Purdue travelers makes them all the richer!


Purdue for Life travel can take you around the world to all these great destinations in:

Travel Partners

We partner with experienced travel professionals—the most trusted in the business—and our travel programs offer a variety of trips, destinations, and price ranges, so you’re sure to find one matching your interests (and your budget).

We will happily send you information including features, itineraries, and pricing.

Purdue Alumni Trips

These travel opportunities are for Purdue alumni and friends, featuring travel insurance options and, as circumstances allow, Purdue experts providing historical or other perspectives. Alumni from other universities participate in these trips as well.

President’s Council Trips

Exclusive to members of the President’s Council, these adventures are for the Purdue family only. Explore the trips and events planned for 2023!

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Ready to make a reservation, or want to learn more? We’re just a phone call away!

Toll Free: 800-414-1541

Phone: 765-494-5175


For information on President’s Council trips in particular, call 765-494-9290 or email

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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.