Purdue grant honors legacy

A new community scholarship has been created at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus that will honor the late Helen and Adrian Minnick, who were active in promoting educational and community initiatives.

The school plans to award its first Helen and Adrian Minnick scholarship in the fall of 2018 to a student pursuing a degree at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, according to a news release.

Adrian Minnick, who retired in 1980 as vice president of administration at Arvin Industries, died at the age of 100 last year. The scholarship was created through a gift by the Minnicks’ daughter, Sandra Oliverio.

“This extraordinary gift will have a great impact for our students,” said Joe Fuehne, director of Purdue Polytechnic Columbus. “We are excited to offer this scholarship opportunity to our students, and we are humbled by the generosity of Sandy’s gift. This will allow a student, who may not have had the means to do so otherwise, to pursue a Purdue degree in Columbus.”

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com