Purdue’s board of Trustees approved the naming of the Schweitzer Center at Purdue Polytechnic High School Englewood, honoring Purdue University alumnus Edmund O. Schweitzer III and Beatriz Schweitzer.
The Schweitzers gave $4 million to programs and scholarships to support the educational and career success of underrepresented students at the high schools, which were launched in 2017.
Gary Bertoline, dean of Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute, said the students who succeed in the rigorous Purdue Polytechnic High School curriculum will be directly admitted to Purdue thanks to the gift’s financial support component. Purdue faculty, primarily from the Polytechnic Institute, worked with industry leaders to develop the unique curriculum and teaching methods for the high schools as a blend of K-12 and postsecondary education.
“As a direct result of this gift, more students will experience the benefit of transformed high school education and a more attainable university education,” said Bertoline. “The generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Schweitzer will touch so many lives now and well into the future, and for that we will be forever grateful.”