WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University College of
Agriculture received $9 million in scholarship support during the last fiscal
year from alumni and other donors, about four times more than usual for a
one-year period, new figures show.
The gift support from July 2012 to June 2013 shows that
donors are helping to keep college tuition affordable for students.
Increasing scholarship offerings is among the priorities at
Purdue, and “the conversation of affordability has resonated with Purdue
Agriculture donors,” said Eric Putman, director of agricultural advancement for
The contributions are evidence of support for the
university’s Purdue Moves initiative to contain costs by freezing tuition and
lowering costs for undergraduate students, Putman said.
Two out of three fall 2014 College of Agriculture incoming
freshman students who applied for a scholarship received one.
“Purdue Agriculture donors care about today’s students and
have responded generously,” Putman said.
Over the last two years, more than 100 endowed scholarships
have been established for students enrolled in the college. A growing number of
scholarships are for “middle ground” students who otherwise would not qualify
for financial aid or an academic scholarship.
As an example, the late Don Huff, a 1971 Purdue alumnus,
donated $1.8 million for $5,000 scholarships covering half of the in-state
tuition cost and fees for such sophomore Indiana students.
The late Margaret Weeks, an Indianapolis schoolteacher,
wanted to help students interested in agriculture as a profession. Her $1.9
million bequest helped establish the Margaret and John Weeks Scholarship
Challenge Match, which matches new donations dollar for dollar.
Since November, 30 donors have added to existing endowments
or started new scholarships with the Weeks Scholarship Challenge.
“Scholarship gifts are made by alumni and friends who share
our enthusiasm for a Purdue Agriculture education,” Putman said. “We are
tremendously appreciative of every single scholarship decision and are
especially pleased at the growing number of scholarships available to every
student in the College of Agriculture.”