Purdue launches $304 million drive for scholarships, program

Uploaded by PurdueUniversity on 11.04.2008

>> Jim Schenke: Beginning in Fall 2008,
Purdue University is increasing student financial assistance
and programs to help them succeed
through a $304 million campaign called Access and Success.
Purdue has already raised more
than $40 million towards the endowment
that will allow the university to increase financial aid
to $77 million annually.
President France Cordova described increasing student
access and success as a top goal
of her administration's new strategic plan.
>> France Cordova: We want to make certain that the benefits
of a Purdue University education are open to all students.
And we want to focus new energy on helping students succeed
and graduate once they arrive.
>> Jim Schenke: The endowment will support several programs,
including the Purdue Promise, aid designed to allow students
from families making less than $40,000
to complete a Purdue education without taking loans.
>> France Cordova: I'm very committed to endowments because,
of course, that ensures
that these scholarships will benefit students for all time.
>> Dean of Admissions Pam Horne says the Purdue Marquis
Scholarship will help middle income families who qualify
for little or no government assistance.
Presidential and Trustee scholarships will help Purdue
attract and retain top students.
>> Pam Horne: But what really sets Purdue's campaign apart
from scholarship campaigns at many other institutions is
that we recognize that it is also critical to provide support
for students prior to their matriculation at Purdue,
making sure that we widen the pipeline
of academically prepared students who can be successful
at Purdue, and also that students, once they're here,
can meet the challenges of a rigorous Purdue education.
>> Jim Schenke: The Boiler Gold Rush Scholarship Program will be
doubled to help 500 students attend the week-long freshman
orientation who might not otherwise afford the
transitional event.
Michigan City's Sam Killermann said attending Boiler Gold Rush
on scholarship changed his attitude toward college
and Purdue.
>> Sam Killermann: The first night at Boiler Gold Rush,
opening ceremonies started, and I was overwhelmed
with the passion in the room in Elliott Hall.
There were 5000 students around me, over 500 student staff
that were there to help, a few professional staff members
on stage that showed me that they cared.
All that combined really did a whole 180 with my personality,
with my stance on Purdue, and my stance on education.
I realized that college and high school should have been more
than an opportunity to just hit the books
and learn a few things and head out.
It was really an opportunity -- an opportunity to be involved
on campus, to make Purdue feel like my home,
and that's what I've done since then.
>> Jim Schenke: Purdue hopes to nearly double the size
of the Learning Communities Program.
Each fall 1400 freshmen enroll, groups of students enrolled
in common courses are then grouped together
in the residence halls as well, allowing students
to meld their academic and social lives.
Two more programs will help prepare incoming
and potential Purdue students for the rigors
of a college education.
The Boilermaker Common Reading Effort will enroll incoming
freshmen, student leaders, faculty, staff,
and community members in what may become the world's largest
book club.
Members will explore the book's content
and themes throughout the year in class
and extracurricular activities.
The College Guide Program will deploy recent Purdue graduates
into high schools throughout the state to serve as mentors
and to demystify the college application process.
Beginning in 2009, the program will target high schools
with low college going rates.
At Purdue University, I'm Jim Schenke.