Scholarship Programs

The Matt Heuertz and CCAI Chapter scholarship programs attract bright new talent to the industrial finishing and coatings industry. Over the past several years, more than $125,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students enrolled in programs that could lead to a career in the finishing industry. Donations to the Matt Heuertz and CCAI Chapter scholarship programs are allocated to the donor’s identified program of choice with 100% of the donation going directly to students.

Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program

Each year, CCAI FEF solicits applications for the Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program honoring the first CCAI Executive Director, who served for 16 years. This scholarship program provides funding for selected students that meet application requirements. The primary objective is to encourage education in finishing and coating technologies.

Program Goals
  • Provide financial assistance to students enrolled in programs that could lead to a career in the finishing industry.
  • Stimulate interest in finishing.
  • Encourage finishing-related curriculum.
  • Gain exposure for the finishing industry.
Student Criteria
  • High school senior planning to attend college or technical school or a current college or technical school student.
  • Sincere interest in supervision, production & processing, engineering, management, chemistry or quality control in the finishing industry.
  • Minimum of 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Enrolled in a technical or degree granting program that would qualify the student to be hired into the industrial finishing industry.
Information Required from Student Applicants
  • Scholarship application
  • Transcript or other grade verification
  • Essay that includes
    • Career objectives
    • Experiences that have contributed to your interest in finishing
    • Extra-curricular activities, interests, and community involvement
  • Reference letter*
  • Resume

*Acceptable letter of recommendation sources include guidance counselor or academic advisor, teacher or professor, co-op or internship advisor, or similar.

For those who have previously applied for a scholarship, a new letter of recommendation as well as a significantly updated essay that details what you’ve learned and how you’ve developed since your previous application, are required.

Selection Process
  • A completed application accompanied by noted required information must be submitted by the annual application deadline.
  • The applications submission time is normally the first quarter of each calendar year.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the CCAI FEF Board of Directors.
  • Scholarship award winners are typically notified in June.
Award Process
  • Number of awards and awards amounts will be determined by the CCAI FEF Board of Directors.
  • Awards will be sent directly to the scholarship recipient’s academic institution.
  • Award recipients will receive a complimentary CCAI student membership.
  • Scholarship applications will also be submitted to the appropriate regional CCAI Chapter for consideration for their scholarship program, if applicable.

CCAI Chapter Scholarship Programs

Twin Cities Chapter

The CCAI Twin Cities Chapter understands the important role an education plays in a student’s development and believes that education is the key to success. With the increasing cost of education, pursuing education beyond high school requires dedicated funds and time. The Twin Cities Chapter scholarship program provides funding for high school and college students, as well as people in the industry that are going back to school to advance their education. Awards are between $750 and $1,500 each.

West Michigan Chapter

The Woody Booher Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 in recognition of Woody’s decades of dedication and continued leadership of the CCAI West Michigan Chapter. Since its inception, the scholarship committee has awarded and distributed more than $10,000 through the program.

Wisconsin Chapter

The CCAI Wisconsin Chapter awards monetary scholarships to promote interest and awareness of career opportunities in the finishing industry. Scholarships are awarded to individuals studying finishing related fields including chemistry, environmental studies, business administration, and engineering, among others.

In addition to a number of general awards, the Wisconsin Chapter offers three named scholarships in recognition of CCAI members who made an impact on the association.

  • James F. Wright Scholarship
  • David J. Wright Scholarship
  • James Steffes Scholarship

Scholarship awards typically range from $500 to $2,500.

Northern Illinois Chapter

The CCAI Northern Illinois Chapter scholarship strives to promote industrial finishing and its career opportunities to students engaged in studies that could lead to a career in finishing.

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