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PCI Scholarship Application

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) hereby solicits applications for the 2018 PCI Scholarship. To qualify the candidate must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student studying industrial coatings technology in a program that also provides instruction in powder coating technology. These fields include polymer science, manufacturing and engineering.

All applications must come through the PCI website no later than April 1, 2018.  The applications will be compiled by PCI staff and sent to the Scholarship Committee for review. For corporate donor scholarships, the applications will be compiled and sent to the individual corporate donors for review and selection. 


To apply for a PCI Scholarship and/or a PCI Corporate member scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in a two or four-year technical school, four-year university, or graduate program that offers degrees that can service the powder coating industry
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico
  • Must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Must complete a PCI Scholarship application and attach all of the following required documents with the application by the deadline
    • Completed application
    • Transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Should include:

  • Academic Status (school enrolled, area(s) of study, degree sought; total credit hours completed; overall GPA
  • Distinctions, honors, other scholarships
  • Work experience related to this scholarship if applicable
  • Short & long term career objectives

Will be based on the following:

  • Specific studies and projects related to powder coatings:
  • Future goals & career objectives
  • Unique qualifications/goals/aspirations
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Grade Point Average

Award recipients will be selected on an annual basis. Children of PCI member companies are welcomed to make application. If an applicant being considered is related to a PCI board member or a member of the selection committee, that member will recuse themselves from the vote.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by a letter from PCI’s executive director and notifications will also be sent to non-recipients thanking them for their application.  Notifications will take place early May 2018.


General scholarships will be awarded per the scholarship amount approved by the board for the calendar year.  The Scholarship Committee will be notified of the amount of funds available to award prior to their review of applicants.   Award checks will be sent to the student’s account at the school.

For more information, contact: Trena Benson.