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PCI/Gema 2017 Scholarships Awarded

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  
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The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and Gema USA Inc., A Graco Inc. Company, awarded two $2,500 scholarships and recently recognized the worthy students at the PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference in Indianapolis, IN. 

The scholarship fund continues to grow and attract bright new talent to the industrial coatings technologies, including polymer science, manufacturing and engineering.  PCI received many qualified applicants and is excited to watch the research and development of the projects generated by these talented students.  Chairperson of the PCI Future of Technology subcommittee Kevin Biller remarked, "This year we received several applications from some very fine candidates for this scholarship. The two awardees stood head and shoulders above the rest mainly because of their hands-on, practical engagement in powder coatings as well as their excellent academic performance."

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the 2017 PCI/Gema scholarships:

Gabriella Bettegnies - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Luke Groninger - Purdue Polytechnic Institute

These scholarships, part of PCI’s Corporate Named Scholarships for companies making a $5,000 or more annual commitment, are awarded with special consideration to deserving students that demonstrate an interest in powder coatings and are pursuing disciplines aligned with a career in manufacturing, mechanical or electrical engineering.  The growth of the scholarship program enhances the potential of students in the industry and PCI is proud to be a part of it. 


PCI Executive Director, Trena Benson, along with Gema USA General Manager Chris Merritt and PCI Future of Technology Subcommittee Chair, Kevin Biller, present the PCI/Gema scholarship awards to Gabriella Bettegnies and Luke Groninger at the PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference.