MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Valspar Foundation announced today a new program to provide $100,000 of scholarship support for students pursuing a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or material science at the University of Pittsburgh or the University of Minnesota.
"The Valspar Foundation has a proud history of supporting students in their achievement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors. We are delighted to announce this scholarship program at two universities recognized for providing students with the knowledge, skills and experience to affect real change in the workplace and community," said Gary E. Hendrickson, chairman and chief executive officer, The Valspar Corporation.
The Valspar Science & Engineering Student Scholarship program is targeted at postsecondary students enrolled full-time for the entire 2016-2017 academic year. Up to 20 awards of $5,000 each will be granted. The scholarship program will consider academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives and an outside appraisal. Preference will be given to upper level undergraduate students who have declared majors in the eligible fields of study and have previous academic research or industrial experience.
The e-application website for the Valspar Science & Engineering Students Scholarship program is: https://www.scholarsapply.org/valspar/. The deadline for application is March 15, 2016.
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