Today is "Giving Tuesday," touted as an opportunity for shoppers to donate to charity after they've finished their Cyber Monday shopping. (Does every shopping day around Thanksgiving need a name? #Yesitdoes. It's all about social media.)
If you're looking for a plastics charity to support, the Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA) is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization focused on fellowship and scholarship. The organization turns 75 next year.
Since 1985, PPA has provided more than $500,000 in scholarships. Currently it offers 15-30 scholarships of $3,000 per year to students in two- or four-year universities pursuing degrees that will lead to careers in the plastics industry. PPA has an education committee that applies a rigorous process to evaluate candidates.
Funding for scholarships comes from one of four permanent endowments or from pass-through yearly scholarship donations from PPA members and supporting companies. To support the effort, contact George Yule, PPA education committee chair, at [email protected].
I thought that the "keep track" part of this story was cool: PPA wants to make sure that it's meeting the goal of supporting students heading into the plastics industry, so it's been tracking scholarship recipients. PPA says it's currently following 107 scholarship recipients and has found only three who are working in occupations outside plastics.
In a statement, PPA said: "Starting with the 21 scholarship recipients in 2013, these students have gone on to careers at many major Fortune 100 companies. They are engineers and chemists, and many are now managers and leaders of their companies."