PITTSBURGH – The PPG Industries Foundation recently donated more than $55,000 to seven organizations for education-related initiatives in the Greater Pittsburgh area, where the company maintains its global headquarters and several facilities. The grants highlight PPG Industries’ commitment to supporting its local communities and align with the PPG Industries Foundation’s priority of enhancing educational opportunities.

The recent grants funded:

  • The Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society for support of National Chemistry Week 2014;
  • Carnegie Science Center for STEM Center support and sponsorship of SciTech Days, where middle- and high-school students connect with scientists and technologists at the center;
  • Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for PPG Color Weeks, which introduce children to the science behind color through hands-on activities;
  • Support for pre-K to 8th-grade students through the Extra Mile Education Foundation;
  • Pirates Charities for the Pittsburgh Pirates Education Days program;
  • Operating support for Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh to help foster a lifelong love of reading in children from low-income families; and
  • Support with the Rooney Foundation to make the Academics in Motion program available in two Pittsburgh-area high schools.

“The PPG Industries Foundation is proud to support many great education programs that operate close to our home,” said Sue Sloan, Executive Director, PPG Industries Foundation. “These initiatives all encourage students to explore their world, and many emphasize the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines that are so important to the future success of advanced manufacturing companies.”