New Purdue scholarship designed to aid middle-income Hoosiers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new Purdue University scholarship would aid those students who benefit least from most scholarship programs – the sons and daughters of middle-class Indiana families.

Purdue President France A. Córdova announced Friday (April 10) that the new Purdue Marquis Scholarship Program would be targeted to Hoosier students with family incomes of $40,000 to $100,000.

Qualifying students must be Indiana residents, have grade point averages and entrance exam scores that place them in the top 50 percent of admitted students, and demonstrate a family income of less than $100,000 and more than $40,000. Up to 50 students will be funded per year at $2,000 per year, starting with the 2009-2010 freshman class.

Qualifying students must be Indiana residents, have grade point averages and entrance exam scores that place them in the top 50 percent of admitted students, and demonstrate a family income of less than $100,000 and more than $40,000. Up to 50 students will be funded per year at $2,000 per year, starting with the 2009-2010 freshman class.

“We know middle-class families have been hard hit by the economic downturn and, for some, college savings have evaporated along with jobs and financial security,” Córdova said. “They also are the forgotten students when it comes to most financial aid other than loans. We intend to make sure going to college stays part of their dream.”

Córdova said she has directed a recent gift of $500,000 to help jump-start the effort.

Qualifying students must be Indiana residents, have grade point averages and entrance exam scores that place them in the top 50 percent of admitted students, and demonstrate a family income of less than $100,000 and more than $40,000. Up to 50 students will be funded per year at $2,000 per year, starting with the 2009-2010 freshman class.

“Even a modest amount of assistance could make the difference between whether or not a son or daughter gets to go to Purdue or any four-year college,” Córdova said. “It can help reduce their need for loans or let them cut back on excessive hours of outside employment, which can sometimes affect their grades.”

The gift is from the Werner C. and Juliet V. Triftshouser Fund of the Dayton Foundation and represents the proceeds of a life insurance policy held by Werner Triftshouser. Werner, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue in mechanical engineering in 1956 and 1957, respectively, was president and owner of Estee Mold and Die. Juliet earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer and family sciences from Purdue in 1959.

The Marquis Scholarships are part of a larger Purdue effort to help defray the cost of a Purdue education and create programs that improve student learning and academic success. The goal of the Access and Success campaign is to raise $304 million by 2014. To date, more than $90 million has been raised.

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