Venture capitalist Martinson donates $ 25 million to Purdue Honors College

West Lafayette, Ind. – Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (April 8) approved the naming of Honors College as alumni John Martinson with a $ 25 million prize.

The college is currently known as John Martinson Honors College, having been ranked among the top 20 honors colleges nationally in college transitions. Martinson’s Prize will support undergraduate research, scholarships, and creative endeavors; Leadership and professional development; Global and community engagement; And innovative teaching methods.

In 2005, Purdue established an honors program throughout a university, bringing together honors programs distributed across disciplinary colleges. That move led to the creation of Purdue’s first interdisciplinary, residential academic college, a new Honors College, which welcomed the inaugural class of 556 students in 2013 and currently enrolls more than 2,700 students.


Students study in the Honors Hall, which serves as a gathering and event venue for the 2,700 Honors students of the newly renamed John Martinson Honors College. (Purdue University Photo) Download Image

“Honor’s College is unique among other higher education programs because its personal experience within a public research 1 university has consistently been named one of the top 10 innovations,” said Ronda Phillips, dean of Honor’s College. “With these resources, Honors College serves as a test bed for designing and deploying the creative pedagogy to equip our graduates with the research and entrepreneurial skills to lead in an era of unprecedented global change. The incredible Martinson investment in our unique offerings will make Honors College a nationally acclaimed program with ways to export to other colleges and schools for greater social impact.

Martinson is a venture capitalist who graduated from Purdue in 1971 with a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. He has previously donated $ 9 million to the College of Engineering. His gifts include founding the John Martinson Entrepreneurial Center in 2019 and supporting the Inspire Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering, EPICS, and Women in Engineering.

Martinson founded Edison Partners in 1986. He is currently Chairman of Martinson Ventures, has served on the Board of Directors of 80 Technology Businesses, and has served as Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.

“I’m happy to be investing in Purdue Honors College,” Martinson said. “I have done research on honors colleges across the country and Purdue College stands out because of its size and excellent facilities. Because of its youth, the college needs less capital to reach its full potential to launch students who can change the world. I urge other graduates to support the best students in Purdue.

Honors College succeeds in developing knowledge and skills by bringing highly motivated students from all walks of life into an intellectual and residential scholarly community. It is anchored in interdisciplinary learning, discovery and engagement with the participation of all Purdue disciplinary colleges. Collaboration throughout the Purdue community is important for achieving the Honors College vision: Prioritize Honors education as a national model.

“John’s investment is a vote of confidence in one of the most successful and innovative activities taking place at Honor’s College,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Honors College is spearheading Transformative Education 2.0, one of Purdue’s next moves to transform Purdue into one of the most innovative residential learning programs in the U.S. among major research universities. The Martinson Prize will go a long way in helping you achieve this important goal.

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Author: Katie Donworth, KEDonworth@purdueforlife.org

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