WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University has extended its first offer of admission for the class of 2022.
Eighteen-year-old Stephen Quillin of Sheridan has a heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.
Throughout his life, his one and only wish was to be a student at Purdue.
That wish came true on Wednesday.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation surprised Stephen with $6,000 for tuition assistance.
Many people from the Purdue community gathered to surprise Stephen and welcome him to the Boilermaker family.
He was accompanied by his mother, who attended the university, as well as his father, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousins - who are all Purdue grads.
Stephen plans to major in prepharmacy so he can help others who also face medical conditions.
He says he has been wanting to attend Purdue for a long time.
"A lot of why I chose Purdue was specifically something that would last me a lifetime and something I really wanted. And everytime I'd come to a game, like last year, I'd try to think about my wish. It became really apparent that Purdue was something I wanted my whole life," Quillin said.
Stephen underwent heart surgery in 2007.
He currently has a pacemaker and defibrillator and says his health is doing just fine.