Anderson student awarded scholarship

Trena Benson, executive director of PCI, Chris Merritt, and Kevin Biller, chair of PCI Future of Technology subcommittee, present the PCI/Gema scholarship awards to Gabriella Bettegnies and Luke Groninger.

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) and Gema USA Inc. awarded one of two 2017 PCI/Gema scholarships of $2,500 to Luke Groninger, a student at Purdue Polytechnic Anderson. Groninger and Gabriella Bettegnies, a student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, were recognized at the PCI Powder Coating 2017 Technical Conference in Indianapolis in March.

"This year we received several applications from some very fine candidates for this scholarship," said Kevin Biller, chairperson of the PCI Future of Technology subcommittee. "The two awardees stood head and shoulders above the rest, mainly because of their hands-on, practical engagement in powder coatings as well as their excellent academic performance."

The scholarships are awarded with "special consideration to deserving students that demonstrate an interest in powder coatings and are pursuing disciplines aligned with a career in manufacturing, mechanical or electrical engineering."