Dean's Leadership Scholars

College of Engineering Dean's Leadership Scholars

The College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Scholars are outstanding undergraduate students selected for their academic and leadership prowess. To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Those selected serve as a high-level sounding board for the Dean of Engineering and offer feedback on strategy and new initiatives advancing Purdue Engineering’s mission of being the largest, best-prepared, and most diverse engineering talent pool in the nation; the top engineering college for research impact; and a strong engine for advancing the state and the nation.

The Scholars meet two to four times per year with the Dean of the College of Engineering. In addition, they meet once a year with the Engineering Advisory Council, a group of distinguished alumni and friends—industry, academic and government leaders—serving in an external advisory role to the dean.


Each year, an announcement will be sent to students, inviting qualified undergraduate students who are interested in the program to apply. A link in the email will direct students to an online application. Current Scholars will participate in the screen and selection process; Scholars are selected by the Dean of Engineering. The selected Scholars will be notified by email that they have been selected. The Scholars comprise a cohort of 15 exemplary students.

Minimum Requirements

The Scholars must be currently enrolled in the First-Year Engineering program or one of the schools or divisions in the College of Engineering. They must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have completed at least one semester of the First-Year Engineering program.


Attendance at two to four meetings per year with the Dean of Engineering and one event with the Engineering Advisory Council in the fall semester. Prior to the meetings with the Dean, topics on which the Dean wishes to receive feedback will be sent to the Scholars in advance; Scholars are expected to come to the meetings informed about the topics and prepared to share feedback.


Scholars gain experience serving in an advisory role to the senior leadership of an institution, and introductions to alumni and VIPs who come to campus.