Elevating Student Experience
Scholarships, student opportunities, diversity programs, student clubs
As a Salvadoran teenager, Carlos Moreno (BSIE ’94) witnessed the death and destruction from the Latin American country’s prolonged civil war, which lasted from 1979 to 1992. After completing his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, there was only one place he saw himself building a career: his home country. He wanted to help rebuild El Salvador.
In 2017, Purdue recruited two high-achieving graduate student scholars, including one in Engineering, thanks to the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL).
Purdue applied to the program’s nationwide competition and was chosen by the Clare Boothe Luce Program Selection Committee to receive a $300,000 grant for graduate fellowships.
As a Purdue student in the 1960s, Bob Hull found his time as a musician as rewarding as his metallurgical engineering studies. It is no surprise that in his philanthropy he gives back to the two programs that helped shape him — and that he hopes will shape future students.
In some sense, Chemical Engineering alumna Samantha Sanders never stopped giving back to Purdue.
During her undergraduate years, she volunteered as a student ambassador, a tutor and a leader in the Minority Engineering Program. “When I was part of those programs at Purdue, I wanted to help prospective students and encourage them,” Sanders says.
In the U.S., the average age of a charitable donor is 62, according to the 2017 Blackbaud charitable giving report. Which makes Sujata (BSChE ’99) and Andrew (BSEE ’00) Offenbacher highly unusual. And that surprises them.
“I didn’t realize that so few people donate at our age. For us, it’s just a recognition and gratitude for where we are in our lives right now — even though we cannot give as much as others can,” Sujata says. Andrew is equally grateful.
It started as a joke.
Adam Potrzebowski (BSME ’15) was at lunch with his sister, Erin (BSME ’09), a few other Mechanical Engineering alumni and a representative from the College of Engineering’s development office when he asked, tongue firmly in cheek, “How expensive would it be to name the school after me?”