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PPG Foundation invests $25,000 in Dallas-area STEM educational initiatives

Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:03 am EST


"By providing our local youth with the tools they need to succeed in the sciences, we can help fuel their passions and foster new innovation in the fields of science and technology"

DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced that the PPG Foundation invested $25,000 to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational initiatives in the Dallas area. The grants highlight PPG’s commitment to the communities where the company has a presence and the foundation’s priority of increasing STEM educational opportunities for youth. The donations were made in 2018 on behalf of PPG’s architectural coatings business, which operates nearly 40 PPG PAINTS™ stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The foundation provided a $15,000 grant to Illuminate STEM to encourage, empower and equip more than 1,000 elementary, middle and high school students from underrepresented communities through industry-relevant STEM training and education.

A $10,000 grant to Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School supported the purchase of laptops, which will provide students with new learning opportunities involving coding, robotics and virtual experiences. Last July, more than 20 PPG employee volunteers completed a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ project to help revitalize the school’s library and cafetorium through the transformative power of paint and color.

“By providing our local youth with the tools they need to succeed in the sciences, we can help fuel their passions and foster new innovation in the fields of science and technology,” said Okey Maduka, PPG sales manager, architectural coatings, Dallas-Fort Worth.

The Colorful Communities program, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colorful Communities program, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from revitalizing historic landmarks, to adding brightness to a youth center and converting a bus into a mobile learning experience. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 200 Colorful Communities projects, impacting nearly 5.2 million people in 30 countries.


PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 28 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.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

We protect and beautify the world, PPG Paints and Colorful Communities are trademarks and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.


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