Valspar, NDSU announce scholarships and student research program
The Valspar Foundation will contribute $20,000 to support up to five graduate student scholarships and a new program for Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. The scholarship program is administered through the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU and coordinated through the NDSU Development Foundation.
A selection committee consisting of NDSU faculty and Valspar’s technical leaders announced the first Valspar Graduate Scholars Program awards to Olena Kudina, Lviv, Ukraine; Casey Orgon, Bemidji, Minn.; Adlina Paramarta, Java, Indonesia; Andriy Popadyuk, Lviv, Ukraine; and Alison Rohly, Lino Lakes, Minn. Each graduate student will receive $3,000 to support the students’ studies at NDSU’s Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials for the 2013-2014 academic year.
“These scholarships will further our relationship and build our pipeline of talent by supporting students to develop insights into fundamental performance drivers of coatings and polymers and provide them an experience associated with an industrial environment,” said Cynthia Arnold, Valspar senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Valspar and NDSU have a long history of technical collaboration. We recognize their deep technical expertise in many disciplines associated with coatings research.”
Dean Webster, chair of the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU, said, “We appreciate Valspar’s generous support and commitment to promote applied science and education in the fields of coatings and polymers. Their contribution and engagement will allow us to provide more academic and career development opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. It is planned that the scholars will visit Valspar during the spring semester to discuss their research projects and to find out more about Valspar and the coatings industry.”
The Valspar Corp. is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. For more information, visit www.valsparglobal.com.
Established 108 years ago, the NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials has developed research partnerships with industry and government agencies.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.