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.