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Nordson and the Powder Coating Institute Award the 2017 Nordson BUILDS/PCI Scholarship

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Nordson Corporation, in partnership with the Powder Coating Institute (PCI), recently awarded a $5,000 Nordson BUILDS/PCI Scholarship to college student Benjamin Whipker, who attends the Rochester Institute of Technology. Whipker is studying electrical mechanical engineering technology.

The Nordson BUILDS/PCI Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship, administered by PCI. The scholarship is intended to put awareness back on the importance of American manufacturing, with the goal of introducing young minds to the world of powder coatings. Students must be seeking degrees in engineering or business to qualify, and demonstrate an interest in powder coatings. Specific criteria required:

1.       Comprehensiveness of college/university program;

2.       Specific studies and projects related to powder coatings;

3.       Uniqueness of applicant’s qualifications, goals and aspirations; and

4.       A letter of recommendation

“We want students to be cognizant of the powder coating industry and to realize there are great careers to be had in the U.S. manufacturing sector,” explains Dan Thompson, director of sales, Nordson Corporation. “Ben is ambitious and deserving, and represents the future of continued manufacturing growth in the U.S. We were excited to select him as the Nordson BUILDS/PCI Scholarship award winner.”

Whipke received the award during a ceremony at Nordson’s Amherst campus on August 31, 2017.


(Left to right) Dan Thompson, director of sales, Nordson Corporation; award recipient Benjamin Whipker; Greg Dawson, regional sales manager, Nordson Powder Coating Systems; and Sue Ivancic, account executive, Nordson Powder Coating Systems