WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tyler Trent inspired countless people across the world—and Purdue University is determined to make sure everyone remembers his brave fight against cancer.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels announced a permanent campus memorial in Trent’s honor. The gate leading to the student-section entrance of Ross-Ade Stadium will be renamed the Tyler Trent Memorial Gate. It will be erected before the start of the fall football season and include gold lettering and the monicker “T2,” Trent’s signature mark.
Just to the left of the gate, on Ross-Ade’s brick façade, a plaque with Trent’s image will read “Forever Our Captain.”
Daniels also announced the first recipient of the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award, a memorial scholarship in Trent’s name funded through a combination of gifts. Sean P. English, a freshman in exploratory studies from Northville, Michigan, is the scholarship recipient.
“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.”
The Trent died in January after battling bone cancer. He gained national attention after the Purdue football team upset Ohio State in October.
He partnered with Riley Hospital for Children to create a cancer research endowment in his name; the Purdue Cancer Center said in January that it met his goal to raise $1 million for cancer research.