“PPG and the PPG Foundation are proud to support programs that help the youth in our communities prepare for future careers in science, engineering and related fields,” said Stan Zaharewicz, PPG plant manager, Cleveland. “We are also committed to programs that enhance the sustainability of the communities where PPG operates.”
The Barberton grant recipients and funding purposes were:
- Barberton Community Development Corporation: $1,100 for the repair of a ramp at the Seiberling complex, which is an incubator for small businesses;
- Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio: $1,000 for programs to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy;
- Stark State College Foundation: $6,000 for the installation of a full-color digital sign in front of the facility;
- United Way of Summit County: $2,000 in support of educational, health and human services programs;
- University of Akron Foundation: $21,000 for the Corrosion Engineering Program, Women in Engineering Summer Camp Program and PPG Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics program scholarships.
- A Taste of Hudson: $6,172 for the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) children’s area at the 2017 Taste of Hudson event;
- Cleveland Zoological Society: $7,500 for educational experiences at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, with a special focus on underserved youth;
- Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park: $3,000 in scholarships for children from lower-income families in northeast Ohio to attend a four-day overnight learning adventure in Cuyahoga Valley National Park;
- Cuyahoga Community College Foundation: $10,866 for the Tri-C Minority University Research and Education Project Aerospace Academy, which is designed to increase the number of underserved and underrepresented students who pursue future careers in STEM fields;
- Friends of the Cleveland Public Library: $4,500 to support free computer science workshops and robotics camps for teens at the Rockport Branch;
- James A. Garfield Elementary School: $10,000 to support a project for seventh grade students to design and build a rollercoaster while exploring the physics of kinetic and potential energy, friction and gravity;
- Global Ambassadors Language Academy: $14,140 for the How the World Works project, which helps 150 students in kindergarten through second grade develop foundational math and science skills through hands-on learning experiences;
- Great Lakes Science Center: $15,000 for educational programs, including financial need-based scholarships for several immersive programs;
- Hudson Middle School: $10,912 to support the Explorer Maker Space Project, which is a STEM learning and career-exposure program;
- < >: $4,500 for the broadcast of WVIZ/PBS Kids, including the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, and related education outreach services in the community.John Marshall School of Information Technology: $7,500 to support a college tour to Boston to expose students to colleges that have renowned math, science and IT programs;
- Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland: $3,600 for career-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy educational programs for students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District;
- Lenawee Intermediate School District: $5,000 for scholarships and equipment for STEM career camps;
- Polaris Educational Foundation: $7,500 to the Polaris Career Center, which offers STEM programs to middle and high school students;
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: $3,000 for Rockin’ the Schools and other programs that engage students in music, language arts, social studies and technology;
- United Way of Greater Cleveland: $15,000 to support educational, health and human services programs;
- YMCA of Greater Cleveland: $2,500 for after-school, pre-kindergarten and summer camp programs using a STEM curriculum to teach children ages 3 to 12.
- University Circle Inc.: $5,000 to support the Future Connections internship and career-readiness program for Cleveland-area rising high school seniors. The program provides summer learning experiences and workshops during the academic year to encourage learning and career and personal development skills;
- Case Western Reserve University: $5,000 for the Women in Science & Engineering Roundtable (WISER), which is a program for undergraduate women majoring in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine at Case Western Reserve University. The funding will help expand the professional mentoring program, support participation in the annual student lightbulb drop and grow leadership training programming that is provided to the students in WISER.
In addition, the PPG Foundation invested more than $63,000 in eight organizations in 2017 on behalf of its Automotive Refinish business, which operates a facility in Strongsville.