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NDSU and Valspar Corporation announce coatings scholarships and student research program

The Valspar Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of paints and coatings, and North Dakota State University (NDSU) announced scholarship and research opportunities for students studying coatings and polymeric materials at NDSU. The Valspar Foundation has contributed $25,000 to support up to five graduate student scholarships of $3,000 each through the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU and coordinated through NDSU’s Development Foundation.

Remaining funds support students participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) through the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU.

The students awarded Valspar graduate scholarships are:

  • Teluka Galhenage – Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Junren Lin – Fuzhou, China
  • Adlina Paramarta – Java, Indonesia
  • Alison Rohly – Lino Lakes, Minnesota
  • Arvin Yu – Iloilo City, Philippines

Students receiving stipends for the SURE program are:

  • Jeferson Prado Swerts – Machado, Brazil
  • Dat Nguyen – Cyprus, California

“We appreciate Valspar’s generous support and commitment to promote applied science and education in the fields of coatings and polymers, These scholarships assist students in advancing their research and opportunities to further their careers,” said Dean Webster, chair of the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials at NDSU.

“Valspar is committed to encouraging and helping students further their science and technology education," said Dr. Cynthia Arnold, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Valspar. "It's critical to provide the coatings industry with a steady pipeline of talent who bring contemporary scientific approaches and information that supports innovation.”

About Valspar
Valspar is a global leader in the coatings industry providing customers with innovative, high-quality products and value-added services. Our 10,800 employees worldwide deliver advanced coatings solutions with best-in-class appearance, performance, protection and sustainability to customers in more than 100 countries. Valspar offers a broad range of superior coatings products for the consumer market, and highly-engineered solutions for the construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets. Founded in 1806, Valspar is headquartered in Minneapolis. Valspar's reported net sales in fiscal 2014 were $4.5 billion and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:VAL). For more information, visit and follow @valspar on Twitter.
About NDSU

NDSU, Fargo, North Dakota, USA, is notably listed among the top 108 U.S. public and private universities in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education’s category of “Research Universities/Very High Research Activity.” Internationally known for its excellent educational and research programs, the NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials has developed research partnerships with industry and government agencies. Established 110 years ago, the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials has earned a reputation for quality teaching, research and education and is among a handful of universities worldwide to offer programs in coatings and polymeric materials. As a student-focused, land grant, research university, we serve our citizens.

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