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PCA A.E. Friedman Scholarship Program

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders

Established in 1978, the PCA A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship provides funds to deserving high school seniors or college-aged students who are seeking to further their education through vocational or post-college studies and is based on the students’ character and financial need.

Who Should Apply?

  • Students sponsored by a PCA National Member
  • Students who will be applying to any state-certified community, vocational/technical institution
  • Students who can demonstrate a need for additional funding to complete their programs in a painting or coatings industry related field of study

Application Packet

  1. Application Form: Fill out completely or mark N/A if not applicable. Incomplete information may affect the rating of your application. All information you provide is strictly confidential.
  2. Two current letters of recommendation describing your qualifications that make you a clear choice for an AERF Scholarship.
  3. Academic transcript (unofficial copy allowed) from your last two semesters, three quarters, or a copy of your most recent transcript.
  4. Essay (250 words min.) on your career goals.
  5. Letter of Recommendation by a PCA National member in good standing.

Application Deadline and Notification
All application packets must be completed by December 7, 2019. The Trustees will make their decision in January 2020. Scholarship award recipients will be contacted via mail by February 14, 2020. All applicants will be mailed notice of their final status.

If you have any questions, please call PCA Associate Director, John Schwent at 314-900-2014 or email to

2018-2019 PCA A.E. Robert Friedman Vocational Education Scholarship

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  • (On a 4.0 scale) Attach proof of GPA. Your most recent school transcript is required.
  • Parent/Legal Guardian Information

  • If selected, recipients may be asked to verify annual household income is under $75,000 by supplying pg. 1 of their 2018 IRS Income Tax Form
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  • Describing your qualifications that make you a clear choice for an AERF Scholarship.
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  • Please write an essay (250 - 500 words) answering the question below: What are your career goals? Include: (1) Your interest in pursuing a career, and (2) Your plans for the future.
  • (unofficial copy allowed) from your last two semesters, three quarters, or a copy of your most recent transcript.
  • By a PCA National member in good standing.

  • Statement of Accuracy for Students

    I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that if chosen as a scholarship winner my picture may be taken and used to promote the A.E. Robert Friedman scholarship program. (Winner may waive photo due to unusual or compelling circumstances.)

    I hereby understand that if chosen as a scholarship winner, it is my responsibility to remit to the A.E. Robert Friedman Trustees the appropriate information for my scholarship to be paid directly to my educational institution by July 15, 2020.

    I hereby understand I will not submit this application without all required attachments and supporting information. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet eligibility criteria will not be considered for this scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • 20% Academic Record
  • 20% Financial Need
  • 15% Community Service/Extracurricular School Activities
  • 15% Recommendations
  • 15% Essay
  • 15% Work Experience

Distribution of Scholarships

AERF will award: Up to $1,500 in scholarship awards to students applying to vocational/technical colleges for programs in the painting/coatings industry-related field of study. Scholarship awards are for the 2020-2021 school year. Applicants may reapply for scholarship awards in subsequent years.