University News – December 12

Purdue Polytechnic receives $50,000 gift

A gift of $50,000 to Purdue Polytechnic Columbus to create a scholarship endowment is intended to help students obtain a degree at the institution.

The gift was given in memory of Helen and Adrian Minnick, long-time residents of Columbus who promoted educational and community initiatives throughout their lives. Adrian Minnick, a Purdue University alumnus, was an Arvin Industries executive and portrayed the character of the “Little Old Man Who Couldn’t Read” at area schools for more than 20 years.

The Helen and Adrian Minnick Scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded each year to a student pursuing a degree at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, beginning the fall of 2018. This initial gift of $50,000 is intended to fund the scholarship for decades to come.

Purdue Polytechnic Columbus offers degrees in engineering, robotics technology, computer and information technology, organizational leadership and more. For more information, visit

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.