The Henry Tschappat Memorial Leadership Award Endowment has been created at Ferris State University in Big Rapids to honor the first director of the university's Plastics Engineering Technology Program.
Tschappat's friends, family and industry colleagues established the endowment.
When he joined Ferris in 1982, Tschappat was asked to design a polymer program. The program has grown into one of Ferris State's leading offerings. Plastics Engineering Technology gained international recognition during his 11-year tenure.
Candidates for the Henry Tschappat Memorial Leadership Award must be active in either the student chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers or the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Also, the university said a candidate must have been chosen to make a presentation at a polymer industry conference.