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The Biochemistry Department awards scholarships annually to undergraduate students from three scholarship funds. There is one application for these three scholarships. Additionally, our students qualify for various scholarships at the College and University levels.

Mertz Scholarship

Edwin T. Mertz was a professor of Biochemistry at Purdue from 1946-1976. Dr. Mertz was recognized globally for his co-discovery of high-lysine corn. He received honorary degrees from Purdue and the University of Montana and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975. In 2001, Ronald (BS 1956, PhD 1962) and Carolyn Chance provided a substantial gift to launch a campaign to establish the Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate students in Biochemistry.

Eligible applicants for the Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship are undergraduate Purdue students majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture. To qualify for a Mertz Memorial Scholarship, a biochemistry major must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the 4.0 scale and be a sophomore, junior or senior in the year for which the scholarship is awarded. The minimum amount for a Mertz Memorial Scholarship is $1000. The actual amount given each year is determined by the Department based on available funds.

Application deadline: March 21, 2011

Matchette Scholarship

Patrick C. Matchette received a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Purdue in 1958 and a DVM in 1966. He is a retired manager of Abbott Laboratories Agricultural Research and Development. He established this scholarship in 2000 for the benefit of Illinois students from the Greater Chicago region who are enrolled in the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue.

To be eligible for the Matchette Scholarship, a student must be from Lake, Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane or Will County, Illinois. Candidates will be evaluated on academic performance and potential for future achievement. Sophomore, junior and senior candidates shall have maintained a minimum 3.0 (on the 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average at the university. The number and amount of Matchette Scholarships given each year is determined by the Department based on available funds.

Application deadline: March 21, 2011

Fuller Scholarship

Ray W. Fuller received his PhD from the Department of Biochemistry at Purdue in 1961. As a graduate student, he worked in the lab of Dr. Edwin Mertz and served as a teaching assistant for BCHM 561. David Schroeder (BS 1962, PhD 1968) had Ray Fuller as a teaching assistant and sought his advice about attending graduate school. Drs. Fuller and Schroeder each went on to have successful careers in the pharmaceutical industry, Fuller with Eli Lilly and Schroeder with Wellcome (later GlaxoSmithKline). In 2007, Dr. Schroeder established the Ray W. Fuller Memorial Scholarship to honor Dr. Fuller for his contributions to science and education.

Selection of recipients will be based on academic merit as defined by the Department. Financial need as determined by the University's Division of Financial Aid may also be considered. To be eligible, a student must be at least a sophomore in the year for which the scholarship is awarded and have demonstrated an interest in undergraduate research. The minimum amount for a Fuller Memorial Scholarship is $1000. The actual amount given each year is determined by the Department based on available funds.

Application deadline: March 21, 2011

College of Agriculture Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are awarded each year. The deadline for applications is February 1 for current students and high school seniors.

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Agriculture Research Fund Scholarships

Undergraduate researchers may apply for scholarships through Ag Research at Purdue (ARP).  Scholarships apply to the following academic year and provide $1,000 each for fall and spring semesters (if the student is only here one semester, s/he only is eligible for $1,000). Each research mentor/professor also receives $500 from ARP.

Recipients are required to enroll in research credit and submit a progress report each semester they receive funding.  In addition, students participate in the spring poster exhibition to showcase their research.

More information and application: http://www.ag.purdue.edu/arp/Pages/ag_research_fund.aspx

Revised Deadline: March 30, 2012

Purdue University Scholarships

Entering freshmen admitted for the fall are automatically considered for some University-wide scholarships regardless of the academic program to which they have been admitted. Most awards are based on academic performance as defined by standardized test scores, high school GPA, and/or class rank. Others take leadership, service, and financial need into consideration. While many of the University-wide scholarships do not have an application, some do have a deadline by which a student must have applied for admission to the University.

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To maximize their opportunities for Purdue scholarship consideration, students should:

• apply early in their senior year for admission to Purdue to begin the following fall,

• file the Preliminary Financial Aid Estimate application (provided with admission application),

• file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 of their senior year, and

• meet any necessary scholarship application deadlines.


National/International Scholarships and Fellowships

The University Honors Program maintains a list of prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships. These include such awards as Rhodes, Fulbright and Churchill, along with many others. Some awards are for undergraduate study, while others are graduate fellowships. Several of these awards can be used to study abroad.

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

American Chemical Society sponsors scholarships for qualified applications who want to enter the fields of chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering. These scholarships are for high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors who are African-American, Hispanic or Native American. Applicants should be high achievers in science (GPA of 3.0 or higher) and be able to demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA.

The deadline for applications is March 1
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