PPG Industries Foundation awards U.S. college scholarships

PITTSBURGH, July 29, 2013 – The PPG Industries Foundation announced that it has sponsored 55 new four-year undergraduate college scholarships in the United States this year.

The scholarships include 18 Plant Community scholarships (for students living in communities near PPG facilities), two National Achievement scholarships (for African-American students), 33 Special Scholarships for PPG employees’ children, and two Merit Scholarships for PPG employees’ children. Scholarship winners are selected by National Merit Scholarship Corp. based on test scores and additional criteria, and they receive awards of $1,500 annually for four years of undergraduate study.

"Through the National Merit Scholarship Programs, the PPG Industries Foundation has been helping academic dreams come true for five decades," said Sue Sloan, executive director of the foundation. "It's quite an honor to know we're making a difference to so many young minds and future leaders."

For consideration for the program, students must take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in their junior year of high school. More information about PPG Industries Foundation’s scholarship programs is available at www.ppg.com/en/ppgfoundation/Pages/PPGEmployeePrograms.aspx.

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 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.

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Contact:
Larry O'Reilly or K.C. McCrory
PPG Corporate Communications
412-434-2540 or 412-434-2445
oreilly@ppg.com or kmccrory@ppg.com
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