WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced Wednesday the university plans to build an archway over the student entrance of Ross-Ade Stadium in honor of Tyler Trent. Gate E of the stadium will now be Gate T² "Tyler Trent Student Gate."
Tyler died on New Year's Day after his battle with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He captivated the hearts of the world for his positive spirit and platform to fight the disease.
The location is near where the world met Tyler in 2017. Tyler and his friend camped out outside the student entrance prior to Purdue's homecoming game against Michigan in 2017. Just hours before, he received chemotherapy treatment in Indianapolis.
On the side of the entrance, a plaque will be posted with a picture of Tyler that says "Forever Our Captain." Tyler's story will be enshrined in bronze on the plaque.
Daniels also announced the recipient of the inaugural Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award. It's a scholarship given annually to undergraduate students who have encountered adversity while at Purdue.
Sean P. English, a freshman in exploratory studies from Northville, Michigan, is the scholarship recipient. English stopped to help a broken down car in April 2017 when he was struck by another car. He lost his right leg in the crash. English was hoping to run track at Purdue.
“I am stunned and honored to receive an award that bears Tyler‘s name,” English said. “Without this support and that of Purdue University over the past year, I would never have been able to achieve my dream of attending college, let alone an institution such as Purdue.”
“I think Tyler would approve of this choice,” Daniels said of English.
“Tyler showed the character and resiliency to which we all should aspire,” Daniels said. “His message of hope and positivity resonated far beyond our campus; it truly touched the entire nation. His story is now a big part of the Purdue history, and this gate and scholarship will serve to preserve it forever.”
You can donate to the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award scholarship here.
News 18 first reported in February that the university was "working on" a campus memorial for Tyler. Daniels told News 18 then he felt the memorial would be "entirely appropriate."
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