Partnerships

Hammond program benefits Purdue Calumet students

The paths of financing higher education come in many forms. Among them are utilizing bank accounts, student loans, transferring credits from another college, and local scholarships, including one that affects 173 current Purdue Calumet students. It is the, College Bound Scholarship Program, offered by the City of Hammond.

Left to right: Roy Sida (Electrical Engineering Technology), Bryan Rucinski (Accounting and Computer Information Systems), Brandon Ratliff (Marketing), Christopher Camarena (undecided, General Education?)
Left to right: Roy Sida (Electrical Engineering Technology), Bryan Rucinski (Accounting and Computer Information Systems), Brandon Ratliff (Marketing), Christopher Camarena (undecided, General Education?)

This scholarship plan was created to maintain and increase home ownership in Hammond. Mayor McDermott is adamant on increasing the college-educated population of Hammond, according to literature describing the partnership between his city and local colleges and universities.

Created six years ago, College Bound first began with the high school graduation class of 2006, according to Courtney Saczawa, College Bound coordinator with the city of Hammond. “Since 2006, more than 800 students have gone through the program. On average, 450 students are in the database yearly,” she said. “Purdue Calumet has always received the largest percentage of college bound recipients. My reasoning is that many families cannot afford to send their kids away to school, so with College Bound paying their full tuition, attending Purdue Calumet is almost free to the students and families.”

According to Interim Financial Aid Director Sheryl Spivey, there are no similar partnerships with other cities/or towns that work with the campus on such a program.

She added that it is a valuable asset to the community and shows commitment from both sides.

“This type of program lets the citizens of Hammond know that both their city and Purdue Calumet are interested in helping residents to achieve further education after high school,” she said. “The College Bound Program allows them to do this.”

College Bound adjusts the maximum annual award according to Indiana University’s tuition rates. As of August 1, the maximum award of College Bound was increased to $10,100 per year towards tuition and fees.

Requirements for participants of the program include maintaining a 2.0 GPA, and performing 40 hours of community service each summer. Also, parents must remain home-owners in Hammond while students are enrolled in the College Bound Scholarship program.