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ABE Scholarship Information for Current Students

Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) awards over $50,000 in scholarships to our students annually. We encourage you to apply!

How to Apply:

ABE uses the University Wide Application System, which allows you to fill out one application and be considered for all ABE and College of Agriculture scholarships (the College of Engineering has not adapted this application yet).

  1. Here are the steps that will make this process work best:Use this Worksheet and be sure you have answers to all questions – especially the essays. (If you are not prepared, there is a good chance you might get kicked out of the application before it is complete, and all data will be lost.  So, be prepared and save your essays.
  2. When you are ready to start, use this "Scholarship Application"
  3. You can select either the “College of Agriculture” or the “College of Agriculture Biological Engineering”  (Both have the same questions and go to the same place.)
  4. At the next page select Purdue University DFA Scholarship Application Log-In
  5. Enter your Career Account and Password and click the "log-in" (Remember your session expires after 60 minutes so save your information periodically.)

Note: "Current Students" include First Year Engineering students who plan to join ABE. First Year Engineering Students - You have one more step to complete an ABE Application, click here.

When to Apply

The application is typically available for 2 months starting in December and the application deadline is February 1. Watch the College of Agriculture Scholarship website for availability.

Who Sponsors ABE Scholarships

Many of our Scholarship Sponsors are companies who hire our students or faculty, alumni and friends of the department who want to help us recruit and retain the best students.

Unless noted on the scholarship, you do not need to apply for each ABE scholarship. Filling out the application (above) will allow the ABE Selection Committee to determine scholarships that fit your qualifications.

Other ABE Scholarships

Occasionally we have scholarships where the sponsor would like to be involved in the selection process. When we get this type of scholarship, we post them and email you about this opportunity. Many times, we will use the electronic application (above), and may add a few "extras", such as an essay. We would encourage you to consider scholarships.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Questions Regarding Agricultural & Biological Engineering Scholarships

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This is a list of scholarships offered to ABE students last year. Unless noted below, you can fill out 1 application and the ABE Scholarship Committee will determine if you are eligible for any of the scholarships listed below.

Scholarship Sponsors and 2016 Recipients

ADM Scholarships

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) hires a number of our students both as interns and in full-time employment. Each day, the 27,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company transform crops such as corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into food ingredients, animal feeds, and agriculturally derived fuels and chemicals. With crop sourcing, transportation, storage and processing assets spread over 60 countries, ADM connects farmers’ crops with the needs of the global marketplace.  Thank you ADM.


Jacob D. Taylor, Ag Systems Management

Bartlett Family ABE Scholarship

The Bartlett Family Scholarship in Agricultural and Biological Engineering was created with the support and gifts of Ms. Virginia Bartlett and son, Jim, along with his wife Marsha Bartlett. Jim and Marsha's children have ABE linkages.  Their son, James, and daughter, Katey,are both MS graduates in ABE. With the help and vision of the Bartlett Family, the department will be able to recruit excellent students from first-year engineering that might not have otherwise looked at our department as an opportunity. Thank you to the Bartlett Family for this generous gift.

Jerod W. Putt, Agricultural Systems Management; Reed F. Trende, Nathan J. Leroy, Biological Engineering

Biological & Food Processing Engineering Scholarships

This scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Martin Okos, a long-time professor in ABE, advising numerous students and teaching courses in our Biological Engineering program.  This scholarship is to support deserving undergraduate students in our Biological Engineering program.  Dr. Okos teaches and does his research in food process engineering, computer-aided design of food processes, heat and mass transfer in foods, fermentation and biological reactor design, and properties of food and biological products.  Thank you alumni and friends of Dr. Okos.

Elle B. Hellwarth, Clayton A. Bowes, Rohit Chatterjee, Biological Engineering

Bridgestone/Firestone Scholarship

Bridgestone/Firestone hires a number of our students. Bridgestone/Firestone is a tire manufacturing and wholesale and original equipment sales operations across a broad line of products, including consumer, commercial truck and bus, agricultural, and off road tires. Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) consists of a family of more than 2,000 company-owned vehicle service and tire locations across the United States. Firestone Diversified Products, LLC (FSDP) consists of building and industrial products, natural rubber, and industrial fibers and textiles businesses. Thank you to Distinguished Engineering (DEA 1988) and ABE alumni (BS 1957), Bob Martin for garnering foundation funds from Bridgestone/Firestone to support ABE Students.

Jonathan T. Bradway, Dillion T. Greiwe, Agricultural Engineering

Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) Scholarships in Ag

Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB) hires a number of our students both as interns and full-time employees.  CGB’s core business revolves around the grain and transportation industries in the Midwest, along the nation’s inland waterways.  CGB has expanded its services to include handling and transportation of bulk commodities and logistics operations domestically and around the world.  Thank you CGB.

Jacob D. Taylor, Brady D. Need, and Ezra J. Kies Agricultural Systems Management

ABE CNH Scholarships

CNH hires a number of our students both as interns and full-time employees. CNH is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment business. Created in 1999 through the merger of New Holland N.V. and Case Corporation, CNH today comprises the heritage and expertise of three agricultural brands (Case IH; New Holland Ag; and Steyr) and two construction equipment brands (Case Construction Equipment and New Holland Construction). CNH employs approximately 33,800 people worldwide and has a network of approximately 11,500 dealers in approximately 170 countries. Linda York (College Relations/Recruiter) has played an instrumental part in making these scholarships available. Thank you CNH.

Austin M. Biting Ag Systems Management;Alacyn L. Cox Agricultural Engineering

Decker Family Scholarships

Ken C. and Mary K. "Kitty" Decker have established scholarships for Purdue students in many areas including Agricultural & Biological Engineering. Ken Decker graduated from Purdue in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and received a law degree from George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He is a patent attorney who does consulting work. Kitty Decker received a bachelor's degree in 1967 from the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. She earned a master's degree in education from Purdue in 1973. She taught home economics for many years in South Bend, Indiana, middle and high schools and is involved with 4-H judging. The Decker's daughter, Emalee, received bachelor's degrees from Purdue in Biochemistry and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. "We really enjoy supporting Purdue because our educations from there are the basis for everything we have and how we live our lives," Kitty Decker said. "And both Ken and I have such strong family ties to Purdue that it makes sense to support the university as much as we possibly can."

Diane E. Besich and Alexis G. Laureano Biological Engineering; Yizhou Mao, Agricultural Engineering

GEAPS Scholarships

Each year the Hoosier Chapter of GEAPS (Grain Elevator and Processing Society) provides a scholarship supporting deserving undergraduate students expressing interest in the grain industry. GEAPS is an international professional society dedicated to providing its members with forums to generate leadership, innovation and excellence in grain-related industry operations. A special thank you to Jaime Hernandez, Bob Marlow, and Jim Rossman of the Hoosier Chapter of GEAPS.

Megan R. Shively, Ag. Systems Management

GEAPS Scholarship in Memory of Jeff Dolezal

This scholarship is given in memory of Jeff Dolezal, who died as a result of Melanoma Skin Cancer in September 2015. Jeff was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather with an unbridled enthusiasm for life. He had a passion and love for agriculture, the land, and helping people. Jeff was an Iowa kid, growing up on the family farm and always had new ideas to share with his Dad. After graduating from college, he worked his early years with GPS and always embraced technology. Jeff's last ten years were spent in Advanced Grain Management Solutions, and, along with his wife, owned and operated Aeration Management Solutions. Their company carries multiple products that monitor and control grain quality. He loved to help farmers and commercial grain elevators learn more about drying and conditioning their grain and was known as the "Cable Guy." In his operation of business and everything he did, safety was always at the top of his list. He was a member and very involved with GEAPS. Jeff would truly hope that the enthusiasm for life and love of agriculture and the land will live in young adults as it did his, and that they will make themselves irreplaceable in life.

Jared A. Bedel, Ag. Systems Management

Larry & Lola Huggins Scholarships

Dr. Larry Huggins (PhD ’66; ABE Faculty ’66-’81; Department Head ’81-’94; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering ’94-‘05) had a career of extraordinary success as a teacher, researcher (Soil and Water Engineering area/ Hydrology) and administrator in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the College of Engineering at Purdue University.   Larry was responsible for the planning and bidding of the new “Neil Armstrong Engineering Hall” building. Larry and Lola have endowed a scholarship to support deserving undergraduate students in ABE. Thank you Dr. Larry and Lola Huggins.

Robert L. Bays, Austin K. Franz, Casey R. Martin, Agricultural Engineering; Jared A. Bedel, Ag Systems Management; Jana N. Mudrock, Biological Engineering

Gerald W. and Phyllis J. Isaacs Scholarship

Emeritus Professor, Gerald W. Isaacs (ABE faculty member ‘54-’64, Department Head ’64-’81, Outstanding Service to ABE ’98) endowed a scholarship in his name to support deserving undergraduate students in our program. Dr. Isaacs is from a Parke County homestead and graduated from Purdue in 1947 (BS) and 1949 (MS) in Electrical Engineering. He is a former ASABE national president and has significantly led our profession. Thank you to Dr. Gerald and Phyllis Isaacs.

Lauren E. Baily and Thomas E. Kelemen, Biological Engineering

G.W. Krutz Scholarships

Dr. Gary Krutz, a long-time professor in ABE teaching courses in our Machine Systems Engineering program, has endowed a scholarship in his name to support deserving undergraduate students in our Machine Systems Engineering program. Gary is a familiar face to most of our alumni, and played a key role in establishing many of the scholarships. Thank you Dr. Gary and Barb Krutz.

Alacyn L. Cox, Peter B. Rusche, and Rachel L. Seals, Agricultural Engineering; Adam L. Kissel, Biological Engineering

Michael and Christine Ladisch Scholarships

Michael R. Ladisch is the Director of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering and courtesy appointment in Food Science. Dr. Ladisch's research addresses fundamental topics in bioprocess engineering as it applies to bioproducts, biorecovery, and bionanotechnology. His work addresses properties of proteins and living organisms at surfaces, rapid prototyping of microfluidic biosensors, bioseparations, and transformation of renewable resources into bioproducts. Thank you to Mike Ladisch for providing support for our scholarships.

Caleb J. Kreis and Kelly B. Martin, Biological Engineering

Ray Lien/Gary Krutz Legacy Scholarships

Ray M. Lien was a native of Platte, South Dakota.  He received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1941 at South Dakota State University.  Professor Lien’s most enduring contributions to the profession may have come in the teaching and counseling areas.  He was gifted with a mentoring spirit, as he fathered and nurtured the Agricultural Mechanization (now Agricultural Systems Management) in Purdue’s Ag Engineering Department, which has produced over 1500 B.S. graduates from the mid-1960s, several M.S. graduates, and the first PhD in Ag Mechanization in the entire US.  Thank you alumni and friends.

Zhihang Song, Ag Systems Management

Larry and Molly Loehr Scholarships

Larry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 1971 and went on to receive a Master of Science degree from University of Missouri.  Larry and Molly created this scholarship in 2012 to support deserving undergraduate students in Agricultural & Biological Engineering.  Today Larry is the Director of Business Development at Advanced BioNutrition Corporation.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Loehr was employed for more than 30 years by the DuPont Company and served in various agriculture and nutrition platform marketing and business leadership roles in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and in other global assignments.  Molly is also a Purdue Graduate.  She received her Bachelor of Art degree from the College of Liberal Arts in the Social Sciences.  Larry and Molly reside in Naperville, IL.

Diane E. Besich, Biological Engineering; Ryan J. Romanowski, Agricultural Engineering

Bruce A. McKenzie Scholarships in Ag

Bruce A. McKenzie, a retired faculty member from ABE, has endowed this scholarship to support deserving undergraduate students in our department.  During his time at Purdue, McKenzie was an established national and international leader in the area of system planning for grain and feed handling facilities.  Dr. McKenzie also excelled as an undergraduate teacher of “Farmstead Machinery Management.”  Dr. McKenzie received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana, the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service Association Senior and Career Awarded the ASAE Metal Building Manufactures’ Association Award, the USDA Superior Service Award, and was elected a fellow of the ASAE.  Thank you Dr. McKenzie.

Austin M. Bitting, Joel E. Hawbaker, Braydon A. Kitchel, Adam M. Luhnow, Joseph H. Maddox, and Michael C. Mundell, Ag Systems Management

Bart and Karen Nelson Scholarships

Department Alumnus Bart Nelson (BS ’61, Honorary PhD ’06) graduated General Agriculture where he took Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy courses, which inspired his ideas for more efficient techniques for irrigating agricultural lands. Dr. Nelson is a passionate innovator and community leader. Bart is President of Nelson Irrigation Corporation, which plans, designs, develops, manufactures and sells proprietary products for the agricultural irrigation equipment market. We would like to thank Bart and Karen Nelson.

Mark S. Aronson, Gregory S. Bandy, Zachary M. McCrea, Suraj Mohan, and Nicholas J. Palcheff, Biological Engineering; Jard A. Bedel, and Matthew W. Murdock, Ag Systems Management; Zhengpu Chen, Yuxin Liang, Yizhou Mao, Casey R. Martin, Caitlin J. Nelligan, Peter B. Rusche, Rachel L. Seals, Anderson W. Smith, Jacob G. Wheatley, and Luke W. Willis, Agricultural Engineering

New Century Scholars Scholarships

Funded by John B. Greiner and Alumni & Friends of ABE

Department alumnus John Greiner (MS '39; Outstanding Alum '98) established a scholarship endowment in 1992 to assist deserving undergraduate students in the department. Mr. Greiner was a graduate student in Purdue's Agricultural Engineering Department before the department had "official" undergraduate and graduate degree programs -  which were established in the mid-1940s and early-1950s, respectively. He then served in the military for 23 years, taught at the University of Connecticut for 18 years, and completed his professional career at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, retiring from a School of Technology teaching position. Thank you to Mrs. Hope Greiner and the late Dr. John B. Greiner. In addition, this scholarship is supported by generous gifts from friends and alumni of ABE. Thank you to the friends and alumni of ABE.

Evan T. Adams, Kathryn F. Atherton, Haley L. Berner, Austin J. Cannella, Kate E. Carpenter, Celine Chang, Rohit Chatterjee, Alyssa S. Christoffer, Richard Chu, Emily R. Coleman, Hannah N. Cook, Sarah M. Cox, Sarah J. Cryer, Trang M. Dien, Grace E. Enamorado, Nicholas P. Fields, Ivanna J. Gomez, Darcie R. Gorsuch, Sarah E. Greensfelder, John A. Hamlin, Anthony E. Hoch, Michelle R. Holz, Natdanai Itthipalkul, Timothy A. Jergens, Meilin Jiang, Emily A. Kerstiens, Caleb J. Kreis, Nathan J. Leroy, Katherine E. Lowrey, Xuan Luo, Olivia W. Murch, Sabeen Nadir, Hannah E. O'Neill, Kristen T. palmer, Carolyn A. Quigley, Sarah M. Reaves, Haley N. Roos, Cody R. Spoolstra, Yu Hong Wang, Kaitlin L. Wendel, Calvin M. Wilhite, and Ziting Yang, Biological Engineering; Katie L. Carnahan, Zachary P. English, Noah W. Hoek, Brady D. Need, Derek W. Neuhoff, Mitchell B. Paterson, Jacob D. Taylor, and Devin H. Tracy, Ag Systems Management; Benjamin P. Curtin, Zane D. Gottschalk, Hannah M. Hawrot, Zhesheng Huang, Ethan G. Smith, and Timothy J. Williams, Agricultural Engineering

Wen-Han Ni Memorial Scholarships

This scholarship was established in honor of Wen-Han Ni (father) by Dr. Dr. Jiqin Ni, a professor in ABE, in our Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering program. This scholarship is to support deserving undergraduate students from Mainland China or Taiwan. Dr. Ni's research is in the

Zhengpu Chen, Yuxin Liang, Agricultural Engineering; and Rui Liu, Biological Engineering

Martin Okos Biological & Food Process Engineering Scholarships

This scholarship was established by Dr. Martin Okos, a long-time professor in ABE, advising numerous students and teaching courses in our Biological Engineering program. This scholarship is to support deserving undergraduate students in our Biological Engineering program. Dr. Okos teaches and does his research in food process engineering, computer-aided design of food processes, heat and mass transfer in foods, fermentation and biological reactor design, and properties of food and biological products. Thank you, Dr. Okos.

Samantha L. Kowalski and Henry B. Ludwig, Biological Engineering

Martin Okos Biological & Food Process Engineering Scholarships

To encourage freshmen to consider Biological & Food Process Engineering, Dr. Okos established this scholarship. Details on Dr. Okos are listed in the scholarship above. Thank you, Dr. Okos.

Emily P. Arnold, Anna C. Francis, Daniel N. Hauersperger, and Meredith G. Rousch,  Biological Engineering

Parker Hannifin Scholarships

Parker Hannifin hires a number of our students both as interns and full time employment. Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company's products are vital to virtually everything that moves or requires control, including the manufacture and processing of raw materials, durable goods, infrastructure development and all forms of transport. Parker is major support of graduate student research in ABE. John Oeslager (BSA alumni in 1966 and Distinguished Ag Alumni Award in 1998) and Duane Crockrum (Outstanding Service to ABE Award 2002) have been an instrumental part in making these scholarships available. Thank you Parker Hannifin.

Robert L. Bays, Austin K. Franz, and Amelia M. Lindsay, Agricultural Engineering

Braydon A. Kitchel and Michael C. Mundell, Ag Systems Management

Matthew & Lesa Reynolds Scholarships

Matthew Reynolds (BS ‘83, Outstanding ABE Alumni ’99) established a scholarship to support deserving undergraduates in ABE. Matthew, an Executive Engineer and director of Chrysler vehicles in Auburn, Michigan, said “my career success is based on the excellent and broad-based education I received at Purdue.” He is responsible for assessing and implementing technology in new vehicles to enhance safety features such as night vision, GPS location/maps, collision avoidance and improved tractability. In addition to this Scholarship, Matthew and Lesa established the “Reynolds Field of Dreams Scholarship”. We would like to thank Matthew and Lesa for their kind donation to fund these scholarships.

Yun Chen, Agricultural Engineering; Alexa A. Petrucciani, Biological Engineering

Reynolds Field of Dreams Scholarships

Mingyuan Chen and Caitlin J. Nelligan, Agricultural Engineering; Zachary J. Oberhaus, Biological Engineering

Harold Schramm Memorial Scholarship

.Harold Schramm graduated from Purdue with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 1958. He was awarded an Outstanding Alumni award in Agricultural & Biological Engineering in 1999. During his career, Harold managed to successfully complete over fifty new product programs on a variety of product lines; his cost improvement programs saved $10 million; and he controlled the business activities of a $100 million product line. After Harold retired from Case IH to spend more time with his wife Mary and children and their Hobbie Farm in Winamac, Indiana, he agreed to work part time at a company with David Anderson. David Anderson was the driving force behind setting up this scholarship. Thank you to Mary Schramm and David Anderson for remembering one of our great alumni Harold Schramm with this scholarship, which is administered through the Greater Lafayette Community Charity.

Derek W. Neuhoff, Ag. Systems Management; Peter B. Rusche and Anderson W. Smith, Agricultural Engineering

Spillman ABE Scholarships

Dr. Charles Spillman, ABE alumni and a long time professor and Department Head at Kansas State UNW endowed a scholarship in his name to support deserving undergraduate students in our program. He always felt his education influenced his success and was supportive of ASABE nationally. Thank you to Mrs. Carolyn Spillman and the late Dr. Charles Spillman.

Alexis G. Laureano, Lauren E. Miller, and Terryn M. Sears, Biological Engineering

Ed and Pilar Vondell ABE Scholarships

Department alumnus Ed Vondell (BS ABE 1985) is former Head of Product Engineering for Chrysler de Mexico. He was responsible for design and homologation of products for Mexico and Latin America and continuous engineering work for certain areas of corporate car and truck platforms. In 2007, Ed was recognized as an outstanding alumnus of the Purdue ABE Department. In 2010, he was selected by the College of Agriculture as a Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus. These awards were in recognition of his career success and engagement of our program. When asked how his ABE degree helped him - "The ABE program helped me develop a solid problem-solving mindset. Not only individual problem-solving, but learning how to solve problems in a group setting. This has been valuable throughout my career." Thank you, Ed and Pilar Vondell.

Yun Chen and Jacob G. Wheatley, Agricultural Engineering; Thomas E. Kelemen, Biological Engineering

United Equipment Dealers Association Scholarships

United Equipment Dealers Association (UEDA) is a new name this year as a result of merging Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Assocation (OMEDA) with the Mid-America Equipment Retailers Association (MAERA). UEDA provides scholarships supporting deserving undergraduate students expressing interest in the equipment industry. UEDA is recognized as the voice of farm, industrial, construction, outdoor power, and agri-business products and services retailers in the Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Indiana area. UEDA provides a variety of supplies and services such as insurance programs, wage and salary information, cost-of-doing-business information, trade-in guides, management seminars, wholesale and retail finance programs, credit card processing services, and provides lobbying and legislative service to members. A special thank-you to Bill Garling and Kim Rominger of the UEDA.

Austin M. Bitting and Adam M. Luhnow, Ag Systems Management