Each year, Purdue student-athletes have the opportunity to apply for scholarships awarding worthy individuals an opportunity to continue their studies with varying amounts of aid. To accommodate the student-athlete's quest to find these scholarships, this page will have monthly updates containing more information about the various scholarships below. For more information, please contact Nicole McKinney.
Amelia Earhart Scholarship: based on academic merit and leadership and open to juniors and seniors enrolled in any school at the West Lafayette campus. Applications are typically available in January and due in late February.
Class of 1937 Scholarship: based on leadership ability and potential and open to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Must have 2.00 GPA or higher. Awards range from $500-$4,000. Applications are typically available in January and due in mid-February.
Mortar Board Challenge Scholarship: awarded to sophomores who have excelled in scholarship, service, & leadership with the potential to have an even greater impact on the Purdue community as they continue their educational experience. Five finalists will be recognized at the annual Mortar Board Awards Dessert, with the winner receiving $500. Applications are typically available in January and due in early March.
Mortar Board Fellowship Awards: for students who graduated the previous December, or who will graduate in May, August, or December of the current year, and plan to enroll in a graduate degree program immediately. Students must have a 3.20 GPA or higher and show potential leadership in their chosen field and community. Awards are for $2,500. Applications are typically available in January and due in early March.
Link to other Purdue University Scholarships here.
*Don't forget to check with your specific department and/or school regarding scholarships it may have available to students.
NCAA Ethnic Minority & Women's Enhancement Programs' Postgraduate Scholarship: for ethnic minorities and women interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a sports-related field who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies the following year. Awards are for $6,000. Applications are typically available in early September and due in early December.
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship: for student-athletes in their final season of competition who intend to enroll in a graduate degree program within 3 years. Student-athlete must have performed with distinction in the sport in which they are being nominated and have a 3.20 GPA or higher. Awards are for $7,500. Applications are typically first available in early September and due as follows:
Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship: based on outstanding undergraduate achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study and chosen career. Student-athlete must be in his/her final season of competition and enrolled in or intending to enroll in a graduate degree program within 5 years; must have superior character and leadership and have a 3.50 GPA or higher. Awards are for $21,500 and are renewable for a second year upon evidence of satisfactory performance. Applications are typically available in late September and due in mid-January.
NCAA Degree Completion Award: for student-athletes who have completed their eligibility, exhausted eligibility for athletics-related aid, and are within 30 credit hours of completing an undergraduate degree. Awards are for full tuition & fees plus a book stipend. A room & board stipend is available through Intercollegiate Athletics pending completion of required work hours per week in the department. Applications for Spring/Summer/Fall are typically available mid-August and due in late September; applications for Fall/Spring are typically available in mid-March and due in late May.
Jim McKay Scholarship Program: for those who have demonstrated aptitude and commitment to the communications field with the potential to make a contribution in the sports communication industry; must have also shown superior character and leadership. Students must have a 3.50 GPA or higher and be enrolled in a graduate degree program or be a graduating senior committed to enrolling in a graduate degree program within 5 years. Awards are for $10,000. Applications are typically available in December and due in late January.
NACDA John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship: for ethnic minority student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Must be enrolled full-time as a senior, have been involved in the community and/or campus organizations, and have a 3.00 GPA or higher. Awards are for $10,000. Applications are typically available in late April and due mid-June.
Awards (this is for informational purposes only; coaches submit possible nominees for these awards and administrators determine final nominees)
NCAA Today's Top VIII Award: nominee must be a letter-winner and have exhausted eligibility in the previous winter/spring seasons or will exhaust eligibility in the current fall semester. Selection criteria is based on the following: athletics achievement and ability (50%); academic achievement (25%); character, leadership, and activities (25%). Recipients attend the Honors Celebration at the NCAA Convention in January.
NCAA Woman of the Year Award: nominee must be a letter-winner and have competed during the previous year; exhausting eligibility or earning her degree by the end of the spring semester. Nominee must have a 2.50 GPA or higher. Selection criteria is based on the following: service and leadership (28%), academic achievement (28%), athletics excellence (28%), and personal statement (16%). The top ten nominees from each division and the nine finalists will be honored, and the Woman of the Year will be named, at an Honors Dinner in Indianapolis in the fall.
Big Ten Conference Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship Award: nominee must be an undergraduate completing his/her last year of eligibility with plans to enroll in a graduate school program within 18 months of graduating. Nominees must honorably represent Purdue University while exhibiting excellence in academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities and display strong character and leadership skills.Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Award: recipients are recognized as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, and role models both as performers and persons. Criteria for nominees include superior work ethic, demonstrated sportsmanship, positive relationships with teammates and coaches, ability to win or lose with grace and dignity, and community service involvement. Finalists are honored, and the recipient is announced, at a banquet held at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia in late January.