LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL – The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) National Office will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Matt Heuertz Scholarship Program on Jan. 1, 2020. CCAI has awarded more than $100,000 scholarship dollars over the past five years to students who are currently enrolled in programs that could lead to a career in the finishing industry. The primary objective of this program is to encourage students to pursue advanced education in finishing technologies. Awards will be announced in June at CCAI’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana. 

The scholarship program attracts bright new talent to the industrial finishing and surface coating technologies industry. Both the National CCAI and the CCAI chapters sustain the scholarship program. “CCAI is actively investing in our industry’s future,” said CCAI Executive Director Anne Goyer. “The outstanding group of students who have received CCAI scholarships over the past several years have found employment in the finishing industry. We’re committed to supporting students and leading them to a career in finishing.  We continue to increase the scholarships awarded each year.” CCAI also created a Careers in Finishing Guide for anyone interested in learning more about the variety of career opportunities available in our industry. The guide can be downloaded from CCAI’s website, and printed versions are available by contacting Kelly LeCount at or 859/356.1030.

The CCAI Finishing Education Foundation Board of Directors will review qualified candidate applications for the National Scholarship Program. Applications will also be sent to regional chapters that provide additional scholarship funding for students in their area. Award amounts vary and are determined by the Education Foundation and individual chapters. Scholarship recipients will also receive a free one-year CCAI student membership.

To view the criteria required to be a qualified applicant and the selection process and to submit an application, visit, click on the EDUCATION tab, and then scroll down to Scholarship Program. Students must complete a CCAI National scholarship application, provide a transcript or other grade verification, and submit a resume with photo. The application deadline is April 1, 2020.