LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL – Each year the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) awards scholarship monies to deserving college students who are currently enrolled in programs that could lead to a career in the finishing industry. Winners are selected by the CCAI Finishing Education Foundation Board of Directors and this year, the top scholarship recipient will be awarded the newly created Jim Gallagher Scholarship in honor of a long-time CCAI member who passed away in November of 2021. “Jim had a distinct passion for CCAI’s educational programs,” noted CCAI National President, Duane Fudge.

CCAI was fortunate to have Gallagher serve on the national board of directors and the Wisconsin chapter board of directors for many years. He participated on the Education Committee and co-authored and edited countless CCAI technical manuals. He was well known for his generosity and kindness both professionally and personally, making the scholarship a fitting sentiment for students pursuing a career in the finishing industry.

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