Your Impact

From contributions on Day of Giving to planned gifts from PNW estates, your support enables everything we do. Student scholarships, state-of-the-art classrooms, community outreach—they’re all made possible with your support.

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Bioscience groundbreaking is pictured.

Bioscience building is pictured.

Your Support By the Numbers

  • Purdue University Northwest received nearly $800,000 in contributions from more than 850 generous supporters during the 2021 Purdue Northwest Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 28.
  • Gifts to PNW, as designated by the donors, will be used to support student scholarships, academic programs, athletics, student organizations and other strategic initiatives. The College of Nursing raised the most money of any unit within PNW.
  • PNW once again was among the top 15 of a total 70 various participating units across the entire Purdue system in both dollars raised and number of gifts, resulting in additional “bonus money” awarded to Purdue Northwest.
  • $8 million estate gift from former professor Nils K. Nelson, supporting the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building as well as scholarships named professorships. This state-of-the-art building includes 68,000 feet of cutting-edge research and advanced STEM opportunities.
  • $12 million gift—the largest in PNW’s history—bringing Gabis Arboretum to Purdue University Northwest. The 300-acre preserve provides educational and research opportunities for people throughout Northwest Indiana and beyond.
  • 83% of graduates working full time or accepted into advanced study or service program within six months of graduation, highlighting PNW’s emphasis on hands-on learning in the classroom and beyond.
  • More than $700,000 in scholarships distributed with your support, helping students to focus on their education and advance their dreams.
Dr. Maria O. Longas, Purdue University Northwest professor emerita of Chemistry, left a generous estate gift to the university to fund student scholarships.

Support the Next Generation of Students

The Dr. Maria O. Longas Scholarship will provide financial support to full-time PNW students based on academic strengths and financial needs with a preference given to women.


Purdue Northwest College of Engineering and Sciences announces scholarship recipients

One hundred forty-six students in the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) College of Engineering and Sciences were awarded donor-funded scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year.

PNW’s 2019 Westville CERT members.

Campus Safety Front and Center at Purdue University Northwest with Grant from NIPSCO

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) plays host to thousands of students, staff, faculty members and visitors each day, making campus safety a top priority. The university has many safety initiatives in place and one of those programs, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), received a public safety education and training grant from the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO).