Freshman Scholarships

For maximum scholarship consideration, your admission application and all required supporting materials must be received or postmarked by November 1. All admitted freshmen who meet this deadline will automatically be considered for university-wide merit scholarships (no additional action necessary).

Required items include:

  • The application itself
  • $60 application fee (or qualified fee waiver)
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT test score (Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. We accept old or new SAT or ACT. We do not require a writing score.)

 

Freshmen applying for fall enrollment will be considered based on these factors:

  • Grades in core academic coursework and strength of your high school curriculum (in the context of courses available at your school)

  • Grades in coursework that is critical to success in your intended major

  • Application essay and Purdue-specific questions

  • SAT or ACT score (Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. We accept old or new SAT or ACT. We do not require a writing score.)

  • Recommendation (if provided)

  • Evidence of commitment to the academic program to which you applied

  • Evidence of leadership, service, and other accomplishments; activities, and awards

  • Personal background and experiences

  • Information provided by your high school 

Supplemental Scholarship Application

If you're applying to the college of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences or the Krannert School of Management or Polytechnic Institute, submit Purdue's Supplemental Scholarship Application between November 1 and January 1. These colleges have a very small set of scholarships with criteria that are so specific, the Supplemental Application is necessary to collect additional information. 

FAFSA for Need-Based Scholarships

Filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for you to be considered for scholarships and grants (free money) awarded based on financial need. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1 for aid that will be awarded for use during the following academic year, which begins with the fall semester.

  • For need-based scholarships awarded by specific academic departments, file a FAFSA by January 1.
  • For federal, state and university-wide scholarships and grants, file a FAFSA by March 1.

See Important Notes below.

Scholarship Descriptions

Trustees Scholarship

Value1
$12,000-$16,000 per year (nonresidents)
$10,000 per year (Indiana residents)

Deadline2
November 1 (firm)

Criteria
Holistic review3 – Exceptional academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community

Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 3.00 or higher

Notification
By mid-February

Approximately 100 disbursed annually

Presidential Scholarship

Value1
$5,000-$10,000 per year (nonresidents)
$2,000-$8,000 per year (Indiana residents)

Deadline2
November 1 (firm)

Criteria
Holistic review3 – High academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community

Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 3.00 or higher

Notification
By mid-February

Approximately 830 disbursed annually

Marquis Scholarship (Indiana Residents Only)

Value1
$4,000 per year

Deadline2
November 1 (priority)

Criteria

  • Family income (student and parent) between $40,000 and $100,000
  • Academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community
  • FAFSA filed by March 1

Renewable4 with Purdue GPA of 2.65 or higher and continued financial eligibility

Notification
In financial aid package, early-March

Approximately 430 disbursed annually

 

Purdue Promise (Indiana 21st Century Scholars only)

Value1
Financial aid package that includes gift aid and work-study to meet the student's full financial need

Deadline2
November 1 (priority)

Criteria

  • Income-eligible 21st Century Scholars (family income of $50,000 or less – student and parent)
  • FAFSA filed by March 1

Renewable4 with continued eligibility for 21st Century Scholars and participation in Purdue Promise support programs

Notification
In financial aid package, early-March

National Merit Scholarships

Value1
$1,000 per year

Deadline2
November 1 (priority)

Criteria
College Sponsored National Merit Finalist; list Purdue as first-choice institution

Renewable4 with good academic standing

National Hispanic Scholarships

Value1
$1,000 per year

Deadline2
November 1 (priority)

Criteria
National Hispanic recognition

Renewable4 with good academic standing

 

The value of merit scholarships may be adjusted if a student's overall financial aid package exceeds the standard cost of education at Purdue. The value of need-based scholarships may be adjusted to prevent award packages that exceed financial need.

To meet a scholarship deadline, a student's admission application must be complete.

Holistic review includes consideration of all information provided with the admission application – academic information, essay, recommendations, additional personal information, etc.

Students may receive renewable scholarships for up to four academic years of continuous, full-time enrollment

Important Notes Regarding Scholarships

Purdue scholarships are highly competitive - each year about 15% of applicants receive a merit award. Awards are based on credentials and information presented at the time of application for admission and are nonnegotiable. Purdue does not match offers from other institutions and does not consider appeals for merit aid.


Applicants who change academic programs after November 1 will remove themselves from consideration for the Trustees and Presidential scholarships. Admitted students who switch programs after receiving the Trustees, Presidential, or other scholarship from the Purdue college or school to which they are admitted will relinquish the award(s).


To receive and maintain their Purdue scholarship, recipients must:

  • enroll in the fall term for which the scholarship was awarded;

  • remain continuously enrolled at Purdue, including at least one full academic year in the program (major) to which they were originally admitted;

  • meet or exceed individual scholarship renewability requirements.

Only domestic students are eligible for the scholarships described above. Domestic students include U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, permanent resident aliens, and aliens lawfully present in and able to establish domicile in the United States per federal immigration laws. International students who hold F, J, and some other visa types are not eligible.

Scholarship criteria are nonnegotiable and subject to change without notice.

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