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PCI Awards 2020 Scholarships

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2020

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) recently awarded its 2020 scholarships to students who are studying various subjects that can lead to a career in powder coating. “As the Baby Boomers retire, the powder coating industry needs to replace them with new young talent. The PCI scholarship program is the industry’s investment into fulfilling this need. We are excited to present awards to six deserving students who are studying chemistry and engineering with the hope they will join our industry after they graduate,” states Kevin Coursin, PCI executive director.

PCI administers the scholarship program, which promotes and solicits 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. With continued support from corporate donors, the scholarship program is able to reach students throughout the country and steer them into careers in the powder coating industry. 

The 2020 PCI Scholarship Program awarded $30,000 in total, which includes donations of $5,000 from each of our corporate donors: Axalta Coating Systems, Gema USA Inc., Nordson Corporation and PPG, and a general scholarship fund donation from Slocum Equipment Inc.

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



 PCI/Axalta Scholarship

Robert Bouscher, University of Akron

PCI/Gema Scholarship

Molly Sanchez, Indiana Tech

PCI/Nordson Ken Kreeger Scholarship

Dakota Weinman, Case Western Reserve University

PCI/PPG Scholarship

Mark Rupert, University of Cincinnati


Sydney Preston, University of Cincinnati
Celine Schmitt, University of Cincinnati
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Robert Bouscher
Sydney Preston
Mark Rupert
Celine Schmitt
Dakota Weinman

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