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PCI Awards 2019 Scholarships

Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) recently awarded its 2019 scholarships to worthy students who are studying various subjects that can lead to a career in powder coating.  “We are very excited that this program continues to grow each year. It is a pleasure to be a part of something that really invests in future talent,” states Trena Benson, PCI executive director.  

The criteria for the awards include specific studies and projects relevant to powder coating technology, transcript/GPA, future goals, unique qualifications, and a letter of recommendation from their adviser.  Scholarship committee chair Peter Dority received several letters of appreciation, noting, “The scholarship recipients were extremely grateful and stated that receiving the award was an incredible honor and very motivating.”

PCI administers the scholarship program, which promotes and solicits scholarship applications from students through numerous educational institutions and the industry at large.  PCI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the development of the projects generated by these exceptional students.  The scholarship program continues to grow and attract bright new talent to the powder coating industry, which includes students pursuing degrees in polymer science, manufacturing, engineering, business management and marketing.  The growth of the scholarship program enhances the potential of young scholars in the industry and PCI is proud to be a part of it.  Trena Benson adds, “We are grateful to our corporate donors who have helped us increase the number of awards given.”

The 2019 PCI Scholarship Program awarded $25,000 in total, which includes donations of $5,000 from each of their corporate donors: Axalta Coating Systems, Gema USA and Nordson Corporation. 

Congratulations to each of the following students who were awarded scholarships this year. 


PCI/Axalta Scholarship
Samuel Little, Purdue University

PCI/Gema Scholarship

Genevieve Andreae, University of Wisconsin - Platteville

PCI/Nordson Ken Kreeger Scholarship

Daikon Iverson, University of Wisconsin - Stout


Mark Rupert, University of Cincinnati
Ashley Sullivan, University of Cincinnati

Visit the PCI website,, for more information and the application process for future scholarship opportunities.