The PPG Industries Foundation donated $10,000 to create two annual scholarships provided through the NACE International Foundation, a 501(c)(3) affiliation of NACE International. Two students pursuing postsecondary academic degrees related to corrosion or coatings each received a $5,000 scholarship on behalf of PPG. The 2014 winners were:
- Kaitlyn Martin of Bayton, Texas, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, and
- Azra Turajlic of Fort Worth, Texas, a freshman majoring in petroleum engineering at Louisiana State University.
"We appreciate PPG's generous donation, which is helping NACE Foundation support the next generation of corrosion control specialists," said Neil Thompson, President of the NACE International Foundation board. "By creating these scholarships, PPG expands learning opportunities that can benefit the overall coatings and corrosion fields."
Students supported by these NACE Foundation scholarships are studying science technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines related to corrosion control in undergraduate degree programs. Tim Knavish, PPG Vice President of Global Protective and Marine Coatings, said that the scholarships were an opportunity for the company to invest in potential future industry leaders. He added, "Providing financial support to these students helps us contribute to the vitality of STEM-related fields and companies such as ours that rely on innovation."
NACE International is a global authority on corrosion control and has a longstanding relationship with PPG's protective and marine coatings (PMC) business. The PPG Industries Foundation has interests in education, human services, culture and arts, as well as civic and community affairs.