SYLMAR, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the PPG Foundation completed grants totaling more than $69,000 to 14 organizations in support of educational programs during 2017. The grants were made on behalf of PPG’s aerospace business, which operates an administrative office and plant in Sylmar, California.
The grant recipients and funding purposes were:
- American Association of University Women: $7,000 in scholarships for seven young women from the Santa Clarita Valley in California to attend the organization’s Tech Trek science and math camp.
- American Helicopter Museum & Education Center: $2,260 for the Girls in Science & Technology Program, which provides mentors and real-life role models to encourage young women to engage in science and technology classes and ultimately bridge the gender gap in these industries.
- Brockton High School: $3,905 for a flight simulator for a summer enrichment aviation camp that is designed to increase interest, background knowledge and skills for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
- California State University Northridge Foundation: $5,000 to support Rally in the Valley, which is an annual robotics competition and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) exposition.
- Frontiers of Flight Museum: $3,100 for the Young Women's STEM Leadership Initiative, which serves more than 2,700 primarily low-income minority middle and high school girls.
- Girls Incorporated of Orange County: $3,930 to support STEM for Girls, which aims to increase underserved girls’ interest in STEM subjects so they pursue higher education and consider STEM careers as a means to self-sufficiency.
- Gregg Anderson Academy: $5,000 for materials for Project Lead the Way, which is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math programs that create activity-, project- and problem-based curriculum and teacher professional development models that help students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
- Institute of Flight: $2,620 to support the Education Financial Assistance program and STEAM education programs, including robotics, drones and 3D printing.
- Old Colony YMCA: $3,907 for the Power Scholars Program, which is an evidence-based educational program designed to address the summer learning loss of young people living in impoverished communities.
- Palmdale High School: $4,000 for the Solar Car Challenge, which is designed to motivate students to pursue a career path in science, engineering and alternative energy.
- Regents University of California Los Angeles: $7,395 to support training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities provided by the Society of Women Engineers University of California, Los Angeles.
- Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs, Inc.: $6,000 to fund Coding Camp for 30 girls in the Los Angeles Unified School District who do not have access to supplemental enrichment resources outside of school time.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: $5,000 to support the Noche De Ciencias (Night of Science) event, which increases awareness of STEM fields among Hispanic, African-American and Asian students and their parents.
- Valley Family Center: $10,000 for the STEM component of an after-school tutoring program for children with special learning needs.
“We are proud to support organizations that help build the skills and knowledge required by advanced manufacturers like PPG that serve the aerospace industry,” said Tim Behmlander, PPG general manager, Aerospace, Americas.
The PPG Foundation donated an additional $62,000 to 12 organizations in Alabama during 2017 on behalf of PPG Aerospace’s Huntsville facility.
PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $10.5 million in 2017, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 29 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com and follow @PPG_Communities on Twitter.
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