Undergraduate Scholarships

Through gifts from our alumni and friends, endowments, university funds, and generous corporate and non-profit support, MEP offers a limited number of scholarships to reward academic achievement and provide need-based support to students. We currently support more than 160 students through our holistic scholarship program. In a survey of students who declined their offer to attend Purdue, more than half cite financial reasons for their decision.

"Academic success opens doors to financial opportunities. By being academically successful, I was able to go from a large debt load to making college affordable. My advice is to apply for everything. The $500 and $1000 scholarships may seem small but they add up. And they are the ones that people do not apply for. With every scholarship application, you learn and get better at the process. And each one chips away at the cost of tuition." − Christian White

Beyond scholarships offered by MEP and Purdue, below are some additional resources. We recommend that you start reviewing them as early as your junior year of high school. Continue your search throughout undergrad and grad school!


Graduate Fellowships

The AGEP program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative used to significantly increase the number of domestic students receiving doctoral degrees and becoming faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, with a special emphasis on those population groups underrepresented in these fields (i.e. African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, American-Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). 

To learn more about the AGEP program, click here.
Dewson - Fellowship for Underrepresented Students
Dewson Fellowships are awarded to underrepresented students who are facing serious, unanticipated problems that jeopardize completion of a degree program. Awards will be made based on the evaluation of the student's needs, academic potential, the impact of the fellowship on degree completion, and availability of funds. The Fellowship award is a one-time award and is not renewable. Nominations may be submitted at any time, but preference is given to nominations submitted prior to the beginning of the fall term.
The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nations human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. GEM provides industry and university named fellowships at both the master's and doctoral levels.

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The Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program provides full-time underrepresented graduate students in NASA related STEM fields with financial support for their educations. The mission of the program is to increase the number of women, minorities, and people with disabilities participating in STEM disciplines. Fellowship tenure is three years for doctorate-seeking candidates or two years for candidates seeking a master's degree.

To learn more about the Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program, click here.

Navajo Nation Graduate Fellowship
The Navajo Nation Graduate Fellowship is established to provide financial assistance to eligible Navajo graduate students.

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Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership
The Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP), led by Professors Kevin Gibson and Kenneth Ridgway at Purdue, extends across eight campuses from New York to Alaska for the support of indigenous (Native American/Alaska Native) students/ SIGP seeks to increase the number of indigenous graduate students obtaining degrees in STEM; to maintain a critical mass of indigenous graduate students at each site and collectively across the Partnership; and to create supportive and knowledgeable local educational communities focused on indigenous students. Partnership members provide first-class scientific education and training in concert with students' cultural identity, and prepare SIGP students to succeed in their chosen professions and to contribute to their communities, institutions, and disciplines. 
Smithsonian Institution - Awards Program for Native American Students
Appointments are available for currently enrolled advanced Native American graduate students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community. Visiting students pursue independent research in association with Smithsonian staff.

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Contact Us

For more information on scholarships or fellowships, send an e-mail to mep@ecn.purdue.edu or call us at (765) 494-3974 

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