University news – October 2

Group starts scholarship fund

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention has started a scholarship fund in honor of “20 years of Pollution Prevention in Indiana.”

The scholarships were announced during the organization’s 20th annual conference and trade show Sept. 20 in Indianapolis.

Partners is a group of Indiana industries, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities that are interested in pollution prevention and the financial and environmental benefits pollution prevention projects can bring. The group holds quarterly meetings and an annual conference and trade show enabling members to exchange ideas, receive updates on regulations, and share pollution prevention success stories.

Three schools were chosen to receive the scholarships: Purdue University, Ball State University, and Indiana University. Each school received $1,000 to award to a student of their choosing who is pursuing a degree related to industrial sustainability or pollution prevention in industry.

Megan Townsend, Purdue University, received the Partners for Pollution Prevention Scholarship. Megan is a junior in environmental and ecological engineering.

Scholarship recipient Anthony Smith, Ball State, is focusing on the environmental management track of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Indiana University’s recipient is yet to be named.

Additional information about the Indiana Partners for Pollution Prevention can be found at

Local resident graduates from UMass Lowell

A Columbus resident has graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Marion Kiiru graduated with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering May 13 and was among 3,970 individuals who received degrees from the university this past spring.

Ivy Tech honors benefactors

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Foundation recently recognized 14 winners of the seventh annual Benefactor Awards at a dinner Sept. 20, including an award for a foundation in Columbus.

The Gene Haas Foundation, which was founded in 1999, was recognized for awarding more than $35 million to charities and institutions. The foundation was formed to support manufacturing education for the community and provides scholarships to students entering technical training programs.

Other award winners included Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. in Lafayette, for its contributions to Ivy Tech during the past 25 years, and the Duke Energy Foundation, also honored for multiple grants and gifts for the past 25 years.