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John W. Prados Chemical Engineering Co-op Scholarship

The Prados Scholarship provides up to five undergraduate TCE students a one-year award of $5,000 each. To qualify, a student must be successfully majoring in chemical engineering, be participating in the Engineering Professional Practice co-op program, and be pursing specific business courses.

Key Scholarship Requirements

  1. Pursue a major in Chemical Engineering (GPA >3.0)
  2. Complete a minimum of two co-op rotations prior to receipt of the award funds.
  3. Declare a business minor or take four business electives as part of the student’s approved degree plan:
    • Psychology 110 (3 hours),
    • Accounting 200 (3 hours),
    • Economics 201 (4 hours), and
    • ISE 405 Engineering Economics, (3 hours).

    Students must have completed at least one business course prior to receipt of the award funds.

  4. Read the booklet Exceed Your Expectations Through Lifelong Learning and submit a two to three page typed essay on the booklet to their CBE academic advisor.

Key Scholarship Benefits

  1. A scholarship valued at $5,000. In addition to the financial support, acquiring business knowledge and co-op experience will better position graduates for early career promotions and enhanced leadership roles.
  2. A clear understanding of leadership, business, finance, and economics will significantly increase earnings throughout the student’s entire career.
  3. Prados scholars will receive a set of 10-12 books related to leadership, general business, and finance to help start their journey toward professional excellence.

The Prados Scholarship is named in honor of UT Professor Emeritus John W. Prados, who served the university with distinction for over fifty years. Recognized for his excellence, he was named Macebearer in 1997-98, the highest faculty honor at UT. He was also the first inductee into the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, the Tickle College of Engineering presented him with the Nathan W. Dougherty Award, its highest honor, for his numerous accomplishments that enhanced the profession and brought acclaim to the university.

In 2008, J. Michael Stone (BS/ChE, ’63) established the John W. Prados Scholarship for chemical engineering students. Mike Stone aimed to encourage these students to participate in the co-op program and study business principles. Each Prados Scholarship recipient is also encouraged to develop an understanding that learning is a lifelong endeavor, offering many rewards.

Past Recipients

Since the scholarship was established there have been over 40 students that have received the John W. Prados Chemical Engineering Co-op Scholarship. These students went on to start their careers with Cargill, Dominion Energy, Eastman, ExxonMobil, Flowserve, Johnson & Johnson, The Dow Chemical Company, Milliken, Monsanto, and PepsiCo.

Read about the impact this prestigious scholarship has had on its recipients.

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