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Eleanor O. Kaplan Award

Eleanor Kaplan

Eleanor Kaplan began her career at Purdue University as the Business Administrator in the Education Department in 1979. She transferred to the School of Management in 1981, where she spent the rest of her career as a Business Administrator. Eleanor has left each of us who knew her with the legacy of her positive and cheerful attitude and the importance of customer-valued service.

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to honor the memory of Eleanor and the legacy she has left by recognizing current Administrative and Clerical staff in the Business Manager organization who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in providing customer service. Recipients of the award will receive a $100 cash prize, have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in Freehafer Hall, and be recognized during an award ceremony.  Two/Three awards are made each year, to both Administrative and Clerical staff.

Award Criteria

Nominees for the award must presently work in the Business Management area on the West Lafayette Campus (all staff types are eligible); meet the minimum requirement for years of service within Business Services (i.e. three years for AP/MP staff and one year for clerical); and, have exhibited exceptional customer service in one or more of the following ways:

  • made significant contributions to improving customer service in either their department, school or organization
  • demonstrated the ability to incorporate outstanding improvements in either their department, school or organization through individual leadership
  • exhibited creative or innovative methods in providing customer service


Past Recipients

Nomination Form

Eleanor O. Kaplan Award Committee Workspace