BP America Inc. (NYSE: BP), which employs approximately 1,800 workers at its oil refinery in Whiting, is underwriting a scholarship for engineering students who attend Purdue University Northwest.
PNW announced the establishment of the BP scholarship fund for incoming students who intend to major in civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering.
“BP has a long history of supporting STEM education throughout the Northwest Indiana region. We are proud to partner with PNW to offer these opportunities to local students and to play a small part in supporting their continued success,” said Amber Russell, Whiting refinery manager.
The program will award fifteen, $1,000 scholarships starting in the 2020-21 academic year.
Only future engineering students who live in Whiting, Hammond and East Chicago are eligible. The 1,400-acre refinery is primarily based in Whiting, but it also stretches into the other two communities.
“We are excited to offer students from high schools in our immediate neighborhood access to an engineering education enabling them to improve people’s lives,” said PNW School of Engineering Director Dietmar Rempfer.