Several years ago, after a campus-wide evaluation of finances, Purdue's central administration determined it would no longer be able to waive tuition costs for resident assistants. University Residences, however, believes it is imperative that we recruit the best and brightest for these positions that play such a critical role in the success of our student residents. Tuition remission is a key factor in attracting Purdue's best students, but our annual expense for this is currently more than $2 million.
The RAISE Fund was established in 2006 to help defray our cost of providing tuition for resident assistants. Your gift helps provide the highest level of quality leadership to our student residents as they make the important transition to adulthood.
Sarah Ayers Puls felt so strongly about her time as a counselor and staff resident in Shreve Hall that she created the first RAISE Fund endowment, which will generate income for resident assistant tuition into perpetuity. Each year, one resident assistant in Shreve Hall will be named the Sarah Ayers Puls Resident Assistant and will be recognized as such in the building's main lobby. Sarah will have opportunities to interact with the recipient throughout the year, including being seated next to her student at the annual resident assistant dinner.
Named RAISE Fund Endowments and other funding priorities may be endowed with a gift of $25,000 or more, payable over five years. Corporate matching programs can be an effective way to help create an endowment named for yourself, or in honor/memory of someone else.
University Residences Gift FundThis fund is used to support leadership initiatives and professional development opportunities for students living in University Residences. The UR Gift Fund provides financial backing for residents to attend conferences and events, as well as advanced learning opportunities on and off campus.
Robert Heitert Book Scholarship Fund
The Robert Heitert Book Scholarship was established to recognize the many contributions of Bob Heitert, former director of administration for University Residences, for his years of service to students at Purdue University. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student in University Residences who has achieved distinction in academics, service and leadership as a resident.
Ron Fruitt Residential Life Fund
The Ron Fruitt Residential Life Fund is an account that the director of University Residences can use to fund fresh ideas for programming and one-time learning opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford the opportunity.
Purdue Parent Fund
The Purdue Parent Fund helps defray expenses incurred in the Purdue Family and Parent Office during STAR and BGR. It is also used to fund requests from student organizations for programming efforts.