Nicholas P. Chopey Scholarship For Engineering Excellence

Nicholas P.  Chopey

Nicholas P. Chopey
December 22, 1932 – February 26, 2007

Bringing recognition to the value of the chemical engineering profession and striving to continually advance it have been goals for this magazine since its founding in 1902 (click here to read about our history). In late 2007, Chemical Engineering established the annual Chopey Scholarship for Chemical Engineering Excellence in memory of Nicholas (Nick) P. Chopey, the magazine's former Editor In Chief.

For 47 years Nick carried many torches at CE including those for its Kirkpatrick and Personal Achievement award competitions that are held in alternating years. Meanwhile, he was a recognized authority on the chemical process industries (CPI) and a champion of the practical, how-to literature upon which outstanding CPI achievement finds foundation. He was a mentor to many chemical engineers, young and old.

To honor and continue Nick's valuable and lasting contributions to the chemical engineering profession, Chemical Engineering established a scholarship in his name in November 2007.

Details and qualifications for applicants:

The scholarship is a one-time award for current third-year students who are enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate course of study in chemical engineering at one of the following four-year colleges or universities, which include Mr. Chopey's alma mater and those of our senior editorial staff:

  • University of Virginia
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • University of Kansas
  • Columbia University
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Oklahoma

The program utilizes standard Scholarship America recipient-selection procedures, including the consideration of past academic performance and future potential, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and statement of career and educational aspirations and goals.


Congratulations to the 2014 winner, Stephen Vitello!

2014 Stephen Vitello SUNY College at Buffalo  
2013 Adam Freitag Rutgers, State University of New Jersey  
2012 Steven Brown SUNY College at Buffalo  
2011 Isaac Fees University of Kansas  
2010 Elizabeth Mahoney University of Kansas 5/2010
2009 Brandon DeKosky

Sandeep Kanneganti
Michael Langdon
University of Kansas

Rutgers, State University of New Jersey

State University of New York College at Buffalo  
2008 Kate Motter
($6,000 Main Winner)

Courtney Ober
($2,000 Winner)

Robert Thorwarth
($2,000 Winner)  
University of Kansas

University of Virginia

University of Virginia

How To Donate

We are now accepting donations for the 2014 Nicholas P. Chopey Scholarship Award.

To donate to the scholarship fund, checks can be made out to Scholarship America with “Nicholas Chopey Scholarship Program” in the memo area.

Checks should be sent to the following address prior to June 1, 2014:

Nicholas P. Chopey Scholarship Fund
Cristane Martin
Chemical Engineering
11000 Richmond Avenue, Suite 690
Houston, TX 77042


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