College Students Receive SSPC Scholarship Awards


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced on Monday (May 22) the recipients of its 2017-18 scholarship awards for students attending universities in the United States or Canada.

This Year’s Recipients

Each of the 12 recipients was awarded $2,500 for their academic work, as well as a one-year membership in SSPC. The winners are:

  • Ruvimbo Chitemere, North Dakota State University;
  • Alexandra Ivey, University of Southern Mississippi;
  • Luke Longhofer, University of South Florida;
  • Evangelia Manias, University of Florida;
  • Kien Nguyen, University of Kansas;
  • Alison Rohly, North Dakota State University;
  • Julie Schiffer, West Virginia University;
  • Margaret Schiffer, West Virginia University;
  • Samantha Silbert, North Dakota State University;
  • Christina Spadafora, University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
  • Kimberly Spadafora, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and
  • Weixiu Zeng, University of Akron.

The scholarship application opens in January of each year, with applications due by April 30. The 2018-19 application period will open in early January 2018. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a panel of three SSPC board members.

Any questions can be directed to Christine Lajzo: 412-281-2331 x2231 or

Poster Sessions

Two of this year's recipients were involved in SSPC's third annual Poster Sessions presentations in February at SSPC 2017 featuring Greencoat, in Tampa, Florida. The showcase allows college and graduate students, as well as recent grads, the opportunity to show current or previous research and make themselves known to their future peers.

Among the SSPC scholarship recipients who shared their research at this year’s Poster Sessions were Nguyen (“Finite Element Study on a Structural Steel Detail Susceptible to Hot-Dip Galvanizing Cracking”) and Silbert (“An Investigation of Improving Metal Adhesion of Cationic, UV-Curable, Bio-based Epoxy Coatings”).


Tagged categories: Coatings; Coatings Technology; Colleges and Universities; Education; North America; Research and development; Scholarships; SSPC; SSPC 2017

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