PNW Athletic Director Emeritus John Friend, pictured while on staff at Purdue Northwest

John and Betty Friend Endowed Athletics Scholarship

Supporting Students and Honoring a PNW Icon

Coach John Friend mentored countless young men and women throughout his career. We’re looking to extend his impact for generations to come with the John and Betty Friend Endowed Athletics Scholarship.

This fund will provide annual scholarships for PNW athletes. You can help. If you give today, our generous donors will match contributions up to $100,000, doubling resources to support student athletes.


Give By Phone

Direct: (219) 989-2323
Toll-free: (855) 608-4600
(Press 1 for Hammond campus, then enter extension 2323)

We accept Discover, MasterCard, American Express, Paypal and Visa and are available to take your call between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Central Time).

Give By Mail

Purdue University Northwest
Institutional Advancement
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323

Please make checks out to Purdue Northwest, indicating John & Betty Friend Scholarship in the memo line of the check.

PNW mascot Leo stands in front of a sign announcing the John Friend Court

A Positive and Powerful Influence

Coach Friend’s long and successful career as a football coach, basketball coach, athletic director at Hammond High School, Munster High School and then finally at Purdue Northwest has transformed the lives of so many. In 2017, PNW recognized his impact by renaming the Hammond campus’ basketball court “John Friend Court” in his honor.

See the Tribute to Coach Friend

Looking Back

See our tribute to Betty and John, including memories from Coach Friend’s influential time at Purdue University Northwest.