The 4-person 1st place team from Purdue University for the 2008 AITP NCC Application Development Contest had a "bonus" prize as was announced in Memphis during the closing awards banquet. Wal-Mart has sponsored this contest for the past few years and the 2008 AITP NCC saw 53 teams competing.
Kaye-Leigh Collins, Wal-Mart Information Systems Division Campus Relations Recruiter, made a special announcement during the awards banquet in that EACH of the 4 1st winners of the Application Development contest would individually receive a $2,500 scholarship above and beyond the $250 they each receive splitting the $1,000 AITP NCC first place award.
The lucky and "surprised" 1st place Purdue student team members included:
Here is what winner Cody Nutt had to say: "Winning the competition was a very proud moment, and Wal-Marts surprise scholarship made it all the better. My next school year will be a lot less stressful. The problem statement for the competition was very difficult. It wasn't the code itself that was difficult, it was the manner in which we had to approach. It was obvious from the start that we could not get the entire project completed, and we weren't expected to. We had to decide which components to implement and which could be left to a later version. It is as much about project management and documentation as it is about the code itself, maybe even more. The document is the piece that, I believe, really pushed our solution over top of the rest. Every component we had finished had a complete user manual to go along with it."