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PCI/Gema Scholarship Application

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and its corporate Diamond member, Gema USA Inc., A Graco Inc. Company, hereby solicit applications for the 2017-18 Gema/PCI Scholarship. To qualify the candidate must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student studying engineering in an accredited college or university program.  Special consideration will be given to applicants that demonstrate an interest in powder coatings and are pursuing disciplines aligned with a career in manufacturing, mechanical or electrical engineering.

Candidates must submit a completed Gema/PCI Scholarship Application Form by March 1, 2017.  You may complete the online application below or click here to download a printable application.  Printed applications should be sent to the PCI Future Technology Committee Chairman, Kevin Biller at kevinbiller@yahoo.com.  Application submissions must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor.

At the discretion of the selection committee, one (1) - $5,000 Gema/PCI Scholarship or two (2) - $2,500 Gema/PCI Scholarships may be awarded.  Scholarship award winner(s) will be notified by March 17, 2017 and will be recognized on March 29, 2017 at the PCI Technical Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Scholarship winners are asked to provide one (1) brief follow-up summary of educational experiences during the course of the 2017-2018 academic year. 

The PCI’s Future Technology Committee administers the Scholarship Request Program and works with the PCI Executive Director and staff to promote and solicit scholarship applications from students and educational institutions. The PCI Scholarship Selection Sub-Committee awards scholarships based on the following set of criteria, established and approved by the PCI Board of Directors:

1)      Comprehensiveness of college/university program;

2)      Specific studies and projects related to powder coatings;

3)      Future goals;

4)      Uniqueness of applicant’s qualifications, goals and aspirations; and

5)      A letter of recommendation

For more information, contact: Kevin Biller (614) 354-1198 or Trena Benson (859) 525-9988 ext. 110.