Purdue students win $5,000 Peterson Foundation scholarships
April 14, 2009
Five Purdue undergraduate students have received $5,000 scholarships through Discovery Park's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in partnership with the Alan and Mildred Peterson Foundation.
The 2009 Peterson Scholarship recipients are Miguel Juraidini, a junior in industrial management; Kyle Heldman, a junior in electrical and computer engineering; Yu Yizhou, a sophomore in political science; Ronak Chokshi, a junior in accounting; and Adrian Jordan "AJ" Boeh, a junior in management.
As a freshman, Juraidini worked on the E-Closet business plan and was one of 12 national finalists at Ball State University's Nascent 500 Business Plan Competition. After graduation, he plans to work with his father's business, a premier U.S. manufacturer of custom-made active wear.
At age 15, Heldman started the online hat-selling business, Hat Dome, with a friend. The company also expanded to a retail location and operated for three years before he entered Purdue.
Yizhou founded the first Model United Nations Association in Zhejiang Province, China, and the non-profit organization China-USA Education Service, which was developed to help connect Chinese students and their parents with American colleges. The organization also has sponsored career fairs in China for American colleges.
Chokshi assisted in planning the Native American Heritage Celebration at Purdue and led the Cultural Events Committee when the director of the National Council of Great Lakes Native American Culture had to leave the University.
Boeh was a lead member of EcoDisc, which won the undergraduate division at the 2008 Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition in Purdue's Discovery Park. He helped develop the biodegradable shooting target initially for the Soybean Innovation Competition, which has recruited students in Purdue's entrepreneurship certificate program.
Peterson Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students participating in the entrepreneurship certificate program who demonstrate entrepreneurial ability and experience. Students complete 15 credits to earn the certificate, which is similar to a minor. Since its 2005 launch, more than 1,000 students from every Purdue school and college have participated.
Purdue's Burton Morgan Center is a platform to launch technology-based enterprises based on university research, working closely with faculty, students and Indiana entrepreneurs to bring research and technology to market.
- Sascha Harrell