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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 Chemical Engineering 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 ($1,000) 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

 This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin. 

How to apply 

Click here to download the 2018 application form. All materials, including transcript, must be mailed and postmarked no later than April 16 to:

  • Nicholas Chopey Scholarship Program, Scholarship Management Services
    One Scholarship Way
    Saint Peter, MN 56082

Click here for additional information and guidelines.


Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Dean Rufeisen!

2017 Dean Rufeisen University of Oklahoma  
2016 Meghan O’Leary University of Buffalo  
2015 Stephanie Kong University of Buffalo  
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  
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; Courtney Ober; Robert Thorwarth University of Kansas;
University of Virginia;
University of Virginia


How To Donate

We are now accepting donations for the 2018 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. Contact Jessica Grier for mailing address and deadline to donate at jgrier@accessintel.com.

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