American Chemical Society Scholarship Plus 


American Chemical Society/PPG Scholarships Plus Program

ACS and PPG employees joined the 2010-2011 scholars for a program at PPG’s headquarters in Pittsburgh.

PPG Industries Foundation has a scholarship program for underrepresented minorities who will study chemistry or chemical engineering in college. The American Chemical Society (ACS): PPG Scholarships Plus Program incorporates a four-year $2,500 scholarship, mentoring by PPG employees and an opportunity to interview at PPG for a summer internship at a PPG facility in the students' junior and senior year. The foundation grant covers the scholarship and two mentoring training workshops at PPG facilities. These workshops will be open to PPG employees who volunteer to serve as mentors at any level and to local academics who may have students in the program.

The PPG Industries Foundation initiated the American Chemical Society/PPG Scholarships Plus Program in 1997. Each year, PPG has taken on the sponsorship of five to ten incoming freshmen with a commitment of a four-year scholarship. Additionally, PPG has found an employee volunteer to mentor each student and has offered generously paid summer internship positions to qualifying students. This combination of scholarship funding, mentoring and potential summer research, developed with PPG, is the model American Chemical Society seeks for other corporate contributors. This program was created to increase minority student awareness of the value and rewards associated with careers in the chemical sciences and chemical technology. To recognize the unique contribution of PPG as the first and foremost industry partner to the Scholars Program, ACS designated PPG as the Founding Partner to the program.

Lynne Schmidt, Vice President, Government and Community Affairs and Julius Johnson, PPG Scholar/Intern at PPG's Springdale Research & Development Center

Several PPG Scholars have been hired by PPG. La'Techa Johnson, April Castillo, Juan Leal, Airee Mobley and Mlinda Barbee have all been hired at PPG's Lake Charles, Louisiana facility, Erica Thorne has been hired at PPG Aerospace Glass in Huntsville, Alabama and Andrei Edwards is at PPG's Barberton, Ohio facility.

Overall, the ACS scholars and their PPG supervisors have reported very positive results from summer research experiences. The training they are receiving from PPG outside of school will help them make the transition to the corporate world or to more serious graduate study.

In order to qualify, the applicants must be: incoming freshmen planning to major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineers or chemically related science undergraduate programs; African-American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Indian; and high academic achievers in chemistry or science. Recipients each receive $2,500 per year for four years, in addition to possible opportunities for summer internship positions with PPG Industries. Each student has been paired with a trained mentor from PPG and has participated in a joint gathering at a PPG facility.

The American Chemical Society is recognized as a world leader in fostering scientific education and research, and promoting public understanding of science. The Scholars Program has identified 2,390 scholarship winners since inception in late 1994. Demographics to date include: 58% female and 42% male; 52% African-American, 41% Hispanic/Latino, and 7% Native American.

PPG was awarded the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 2007 "Golden Torch Award" for the Corporate/Education Partnership in recognition of the partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the ACS/PPG Scholarships Plus program.

Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are available from the American Chemical Society by mail, by contacting Robert Hughes at 1.800.227.5558, ext. 6250 or sending an email to scholars@acs.org .

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