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Why Are You Here?

If you are visiting this page, we suspect that you are:

1. A 21st Century Scholar in high school who is a prospective Purdue Promise participant;

2. A parent/guardian or family member of a prospective student or current Purdue Promise participant;

3. A high school counselor or community member supporting 21st Century Scholars;

4. a Purdue advisor, staff, and/or faculty supporting Purdue Promise participants on campus;

Why Are We Here?

The Purdue Promise program helps eligible 21st Century Scholars, Emerging Urban Leaders, and Purdue Opportunity Award Scholars be successful at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The Purdue Promise four-year experience is comprised of financial assistance and targeted support rooted in four Guiding Principles: academic, social, leadership, and life skills development. Through a combination of support services and financial aid, Purdue Promise helps make attaining a college degree from Purdue a reality. The financial aid package is renewable for up to four years (total of eight consecutive semesters).

Our Vision

Purdue Promise aspires to graduate scholars on-time and debt-free; exceed success rates1 of the Purdue undergraduate population and the statewide 21st Century Scholars population; and exceed success rates for the historically at-risk demographic subpopulations2 scholars represent; as well as be a nationally-recognized model for supporting those students.

Note: Annually all Student Success at Purdue programs publish a Program Overview which outlines our mission, vision, goals, learning outcomes, assessment, contributions to student success, and notable accomplishments. View the current Purdue Promise Program Overview by clicking here.

Our Goals

1. Provide a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment complemented by an individualized support network for each program participant from enrollment through graduation.

2. Coach students through a four-year curriculum aimed to increase students’ self-efficacy, self-advocacy, help-seeking behavior, and grit by helping them explore the following questions:

  • What do I need to do …? [… to achieve my goal? … to remedy this situation? etc.]
  • What do I already know that can help me do what I need to do?
  • What resources exist that can support me if I need help?

3. Encourage the maximum utilization of students’ personal and professional networks.

4. Engage students in peer-to-peer learning through mentoring and tutoring.

5. Track all interactions with students and details about their personal success and challenges. Use this data for evidence-based decision-making and advocacy.

6. Strive for 90% of scholars maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), meeting scholarship-associated requirements, and persisting at or above the University average each academic year.

7. Commit to fostering staff collaborations with campus and community partners in order to best serve program participants by addressing policy changes as well as students’ challenges.

“Once Purdue Promise, Always Purdue Promise”

The “Once Purdue Promise, always Purdue Promise” commitment means all scholars will be offered continued support regardless of maintenance of “on scholarship” status.

Purdue Promise assists program participants through Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) appeals (for loss of all financial aid), Merit Appeals (for loss of Purdue Promise and/or Emerging Urban Leader awards), and State appeals (for loss of 21st Century Scholars awards). Students should contact the Purdue Promise program coordinator for assistance.

We're Making Strides

Purdue Promise was specifically mentioned in the 2009 Student Success and the Student Experience white paper – it is the strategy identified by that white paper’s working team for increasing access and success of qualified first-generation and low-income students at Purdue.

Purdue Promise won the 2011 College Board College Keys Compact Midwestern Region Innovation Award for the “Getting Through” Category.

Purdue Promise was recognized by The Black Caucus of Faculty & Staff as the Department of the Year for the 2011-2012 academic year.