In the land of Hoosiers and the Fighting Irish, some of Indiana’s premier institutions are often overlooked. However, after a discussion of STEM, 21st Century Scholars, the Purdue Promise, and the Eroymson Diversity Center (Butler), ND TRiO scholars bundled up for the BoilerBull Tour.
Under Indiana’s permacloud, several students were concerned that they would be unable to get the “real feel” of campus. Fortunately, Senior Assistant Director of Purdue Admissions, Matt Chupp brought a little sunshine to winter’s shades of gray. “I appreciate that he highlighted majors other than engineering and the sciences. I was shocked when he mentioned humanities and the social sciences. Purdue is officially on my radar,” said Lamyaa Hussein. After speaking of the academic and non-academic components of Purdue, students were informed of the Purdue Promise, a program that helps eligible 21st Century Scholars successfully navigate the collegiate experience. Through a combination of support services and financial aid, the Purdue Promise helps to make a degree at Purdue attainable. In addition to a financial aid information, TRiO scholars were also informed of Purdue Horizons, a fellow TRiO program (Student Support Services). To conclude the visit, students received an impromptu tour from several Purdue students.
After an amazing tour and informational at Purdue, scholars headed to Butler University for the “Bulldog Experience”. After dining with Butler collegians, students received an informational that debunked the myths regarding 21st Century Scholars and private institutions. “I didn’t know that 21st Century Scholars also covered tuition at private colleges; I thought it was for public colleges only,” said a shocked Carolina Hampton. Following the admissions presentation, scholars received a campus tour from student representatives and ND TRiO Talent Search alumna and current Butler sophomore, Jayda Watkins. “I’m glad they’re here. I was in their shoes just a few years ago so, I’m happy to join them on the tour. I hope I represent possibility.” To conclude the Bulldog Experience, students actively engaged with a student panel hosted by the Efroymson Diversity Center, a hub for multicultural services and programming.