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The Biochemistry Department awards scholarships annually to continuing undergraduate students in the department from several scholarship funds. There is a single application for these scholarships which will be sent directly to biochemistry students in the spring. Additionally, our students qualify for various scholarships at the College and University levels. Over 40% of our students are currently receiving scholarships from the College.

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 25, 2016

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 25, 2016

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 25, 2016 

Zygmunt Family Scholarship in Biochemistry

This scholarship for Indiana residents studying biochemistry at Purdue University was endowed by Dr. Deb Zygmunt and her mother, Mrs. Loretta Zygmunt, in memory of Deb’s father Walter A. Zygmunt. He grew up in Calumet City, Indiana, then attended the University of Illinois, receiving a Ph.D. after serving in WWII. He was employed at Merck, Mead Johnson and Bristol-Myers pharmaceutical companies. Walt and Loretta resided in Evansville, Indiana. Deb Zygmunt received her B.S. in biochemistry from Purdue and her M.D. from Indiana University.

Application deadline: March 25, 2016

Kwok Tsip Tso Scholarship in Biochemistry

This scholarship for Indiana residents studying biochemistry at Purdue University was endowed by Dr. J Yun Tso in honor of his father. Dr. Tso received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Cornell and Stanford Universities.  Dr. Tso is a cofounder and managing partner of JN Biosciences and has twenty-six years of antibody drug development experience.  Prior to JN Biosciences, Dr. Tso was Director of Oncology at Protein Design Labs, Inc.  During his seventeen year tenure at Protein Design Labs, he created several humanized antibodies against cancer targets as well as molecules that are pivotal for T-cell functions.  Dr. Tso’s group studied the efficacy of these antibodies through in vitro and in vivo characterizations.  He brought two humanized antibodies into the clinic.  He is a co-inventor of 18 US patents.

Application deadline: March 25, 2016 

David and Mary Scheible Scholarship in Biochemistry

This scholarship for Indiana residents studying biochemistry at Purdue University was endowed by David and Mary Scheible. David received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and master’s in industrial administration from Purdue. He is President and CEO of Graphic Packaging Corporation in Marietta, Georgia.

Application deadline: March 25, 2016

Donald and Rita Weeks Scholarship

This scholarship for undergraduates enrolled in the Department of Biochemistry was established by the Weeks in 2013. Dr. Weeks earned his B.S. from Purdue University in 1963, and his Ph.D. from University of Illinois in 1967. Dr. Weeks is the Maxcy Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is internationally known for developing a novel approach to engineering herbicide-resistant crops.

Application deadline: March 25, 2016

Dr. Stephen P. and Charlotte A. Coburn Scholarship

This scholarship for undergraduates enrolled in the Department of Biochemistry who have demonstrated financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Dr. Coburn earned his B.S. from Rutgers University in 1958, his M.S. in Biochemistry from Purdue University in 1961, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University in 1963. Dr. Coburn is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and past director of the Biochemistry Department and Clinical Laboratory at the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

Application deadline: March 25, 2016

Zhao-Herrmann Scholarship in Biochemistry

This scholarship for in-state students enrolled in the Department of Biochemistry was established by Dr. Jian-Min Zhao in honor of retired Purdue Biochemistry professor Klauss Herrmann. Dr. Zhao received his PhD in biochemistry from Purdue in 1992 and works for Monsanto.

Application deadline: March 25, 2016

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: https://www2.ag.purdue.edu/arp/pages/ag_research_fund.aspx

Application deadline: March 27, 2015

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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National/International Scholarships and Fellowships

The Honors College 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.

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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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The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship offers financial support to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and who enhance the diversity of science. Students whose social, educational or economic background adds to the diversity of the biomedical workforce or who show a commitment to increasing educational access for underrepresented students are eligible.

The deadline for applications is May 18
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