PPG launched its scholarship program in partnership with the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in 1956 as a way to recognize high school students for their hard work and achievements, as well as to support their pursuit of higher education.
Since then, the PPG Foundation has awarded more than 3,000 scholarships to students across the U.S. who are either children of PPG employees or who attend school in communities where PPG has a presence. All PPG Foundation scholarships span up to four years of undergraduate college study, or until undergraduate degree requirements are complete, whichever comes first.
Scholarship recipient and intended pre-med student
Receiving this scholarship from PPG is a honor since this is just another example of how PPG strives to invest in its communities; I am grateful that my academic performance has been recognized by a global leader in innovation and technology.
The PPG Foundation Scholarship Program is administered through the National Merit Scholarship Program - the largest, independently financed competition for college undergraduate scholarships in the U.S. All aspects of the selection of winners of the PPG Foundation Scholarship Program and the administration of their awards are handled by NMSC. Scholarship winners are selected by NMSC based on the results of students’ Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) during their junior year of high school.
See the 2020 scholarship recipients below and click here (PDF) to learn more about the students.
Additional 2020 winners not pictured above include Austin Barnes, Emma Hayes, and Nina Kisanga*. Congratulations to all of these outstanding scholars!
Click here (PDF) for the 2019 employee-child scholarship recipients.
Sue Sloan Award recognizes community service commitment
Each year, the academic talents and outstanding community service commitment of one PPG employee-child recipient are recognized with the Sue Sloan Scholarship Award. Established in 2019, the award honors Sloan, the former executive director of the PPG Foundation, and a director of National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s Board from 2008 to 2014, for her lasting mark on PPG’s community engagement efforts and the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to the 2020 recipient, Andrew Johnson, son of Christina Johnson, PPG general accounting specialist lead, corporate finance.
"This recognition inspires me to continue this pursuit at Notre Dame and to give back to the community like PPG does in many ways," said Johnson.
Hear advice to students from these past recipients.
Elizabeth Jankowski, 2018 Scholarship Recipient
"Appreciate that hard work and time management are critically important. Without them, you will not obtain the best results. Give serious thought about what careers interest you; choose a major that gives you flexibility; be open to change."
Leila Hoffpauir, 2020 Graduate, University of Southern California
"I would tell students starting college now that they should focus on getting as much out of their experience as possible, which might seem hard in the current moment but there are ways to do so. College is a huge investment and you should treat it as such, and you’ll reap the rewards."