Resources and FAQ

We know you have questions.

Below, you’ll find answers to our most common questions and links to outstanding resources on campus.

Q: What if I can’t make it to one of the receptions?

A: For anyone who can’t attend either the Indianapolis or the Chicago area reception, we invite you to sign in to a webinar being offered on March 10, from 7-8 p.m. EST. Just use our WebEx chat to connect with us. The link will also be available in the RSVP email we’re sending your way — so keep an eye out.

Q: Do I have to participate in the Summer Scholars portion of the program?

A: It’s essential that you invest yourself fully right at the start. A core component of the Science Scholars program is the support each scholar draws from — and offers to — this elite community.

Q: Will the COVID-19 pandemic impact the College of Science Summer Scholars Program or my fall start?

A: Currently, Purdue University plans to be fully operational by July.  If the situation changes, you will have the opportunity to earn the 9 credit hours fully online.

Q: I found another webinar available on March 3 that fits better in my schedule. Can I attend that one instead?

A: Unfortunately, no; it won’t give you any Science Scholars information. The March 3 webinar is for recipients of the Emerging Leaders Scholarship, which is a much wider group, but no Science Scholar-specific.

Q: Can I attend the webinar even though I’m going to one of the receptions?

A: Well, we’re not going to say no, but your time would probably be better spent elsewhere! The webinar serves the same purpose as the receptions and will present the same information.

Q: How many guests can I bring to the reception?

A: Each scholar may invite two guests to join in celebrating their acceptance 

Q: Will I miss any important information presented at Indianapolis if I plan to go to Chicago, or vice versa?

A: No; the presentations will contain the same information.

Q: How many Science Scholars have you selected?

A: Less than 10% of Purdue’s incoming class receive a merit-based award. Of those, fewer than 200 receive the Emerging Leaders Science Scholarship.

Q: Will I still receive my award during my study abroad experience, and will it be waiting for me when I return?

A: Absolutely, on both counts.

Q: How can I make sure I maintain full compliance with the requirements of this award?

A: The official requirements for maintaining this award throughout your four years are:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Attend the Summer Scholars experience
  • Continuous full-time enrollment each semester (minimum of 12 credit hours), excluding summer
  • Continue to pursue first undergraduate degree

You will have up to four years (eight semesters) of eligibility while pursuing your first undergraduate degree.

If you didn’t find what you need here, please reach out to:

Henry Williams
Director, Emerging Leaders
(765) 496-2596

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