Scholarships

The Office of Professional Practice takes pride in providing students who participate in our programs the opportunity to win scholarship funding. Scholarships through the Office of Professional are possible through generous donations from our donors.

Scholarships will be awarded annually. The Office of Professional Practice will collect scholarship applications during the period of November 1st - November 15th. Applicants selected for awards will be notified by December 10th and recipients will be awarded in the spring.

Leonard E. Wood Scholarship

Established in 2007, the four scholarships honor the memory of the late Leonard E. Wood. Wood received his PhD from Purdue University in 1956 and subsequently joined the faculty as a Professor of Civil Engineering. He then became the School of Civil Engineering Faculty Coordinator for Purdue’s Cooperative Education Program in 1989, a role he continued in until his untimely death in 2004. The scholarship fund exists thanks to a generous donation from Professor Wood’s widow, Margaret, who sought to honor his dedication to the Co-op program, while enabling the achievement of today’s Co-op students. OPP has awarded 32 Wood Scholarships since 2007 including this year’s recipients. The Leonard E. Wood Scholarship for Cooperative Education is awarded to deserving Co-op students based on academic merit and life-changing experiences brought about by the Co-op program. Cooperative education never had a greater friend, supporter, or promoter and no one better exemplified the Co-op value of practical education as a mentor, counselor and teacher.

William C. & Linda E. Nelson Scholarship

William and Linda Nelson have been long-standing generous supporters of Purdue’s Co-op Program. William (Bill) is a graduate from Purdue University in 1974 earning a BS, and a year later, MS in Chemical Engineering. Having over 40 years of industry experience, Bill has recieved many awards to honor his accomplishments. Most recently, he has been inducted into the 2013 Cooperative Education Hall of Fame as well as been honored as a 2017 Outstanding Chemical Engineer by Purdue University. An endowment fund was established by Bill and Linda November of 2011, and amended December 2017. The purpose of the amendment was to encourage participation in Co-op and reduce the student’s time to graduate. Steps to establish, support and maintain this goal resulted in the creation of annual scholarships to Co-op students. Additionally, incentive grants for instructors offering on-campus and/or online courses for Co-op students have been generated in support.