PPG Dover awards scholarships to three local high school seniors
Students receive four-year scholarships from PPG Industries Foundation
DOVER, Del., May 31, 2011 – The PPG Industries Foundation has awarded a PPG Plant Community Scholarship to Kathleen Hartung, a senior at Caesar Rodney High School, and two PPG Employee-Child Scholarships to Megan Hershberger, daughter of PPG employee Brenda Hershberger and a senior at Caesar Rodney High School, and Ron W. Rider Jr., son of PPG employee Ron Rider Sr. and a senior at St. Thomas More Academy. All three students plan to start their college studies in the fall.
PPG Dover Plant Manager Mitch Magee, far left, and Human Resources Administrator Lynn Glanden, far right, congratulate PPG Industries Foundation scholarship winners and their parents at the architectural coatings manufacturing facility in Cheswold: (from left) Ann Rider and Ron Rider Sr., who is production coordinator III at the Dover facility, with son and scholarship recipient Ron Rider Jr.; Melvin Hershberger, scholarship recipient Megan Hershberger, and Brenda Hershberger, who is Megan’s mother and senior general ledger coordinator for PPG's Dover plant; and scholarship recipient Kathleen Hartung and her mother, Patrice Hartung.
The three Dover-area scholarship recipients were selected by National Merit Scholarship Corp. based on excellent achievement in a qualifying test taken during their junior year. The PPG Plant Community Scholarship recognizes an outstanding student who resides near a PPG Industries facility, such as the architectural coatings manufacturing plant in Cheswold, and the PPG Employee-Child Scholarship recognizes high-achieving students who are children of PPG employees. Each award is for $1,500 per year for up to four years of college study or until undergraduate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first. Since the foundation initiated the PPG Industries Aid-to-Education Scholarship Program in 1956, it has awarded more than 3,200 scholarships. In 2011, the foundation sponsored 19 Plant Community Scholarships in PPG facility communities and 40 Employee-Child Scholarships.
“PPG is strongly committed to supporting the communities where its employees work and live,” said Mitch Magee, plant manager at PPG’s Dover facility. “Because we recognize the role education plays in contributing to the betterment of all our communities and our families, we are proud to recognize students such as Kathleen, Megan and Ron for their achievements through the PPG Plant Community and PPG Employee-Child Scholarship Programs.”
Established in 1951, the PPG Industries Foundation demonstrates the values of PPG Industries by enhancing the quality of life in communities where the company has a presence. Interests of the foundation, in order of priority, are education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community affairs. PPG also supports charitable causes by encouraging employees' volunteerism and board service with nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.ppgfoundation.com.
About National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the largest independently financed competition for college undergraduate scholarships in the United States, National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit organization that operates without government assistance. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by about 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastic talent and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education. For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Founded in 1883, the company serves customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, PPG operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.
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