EMERG Student Outreach


EMERG Student Outreach Program

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For EMERG, the term “students” includes all those that could potentially enter the materials protection industry. This includes students in primary and secondary schools, students in high schools, community colleges, and universities, as well as veterans and adults transitioning into the industry at older ages. Students can enter this model at any point in the life cycle.

EMERG is an acronym that defines a life cycle in which AMPP hopes to:

ENGAGE with students at an early age (Kindergarten – 8th grade) to introduce the industry in a fun and engaging manner. Engagement will continue as students progress through primary and secondary grade levels.

Once students enter high school, the goal is to MAGNETIZE (this is an intentional play-on-words as the goal is to attract the students to the industry) the students by providing them with information regarding the benefits of a career in coatings and corrosion control.

Once students are attracted to the industry, it becomes time to EDUCATE them appropriately. This can be through several channels. EMERG is working in partnership with community colleges and universities to help define the core competencies that the industry would like to see out of graduates and then assist to provide the content for curriculum. AMPP is also working to create a new program to provide vocational training to the high school student that would like to pursue a career in the skilled trades as a craft worker. EMERG also provides education and certification opportunities for veterans.

After entering the industry, AMPP will work to provide continuous opportunities to RAISE skill sets through professional development opportunities such as attending conferences and workshops, attending additional training courses, contributing to the creation of standards, etc.

EMERG will work to provide opportunities for those in the industry to GUIDE the younger generation by providing the tools to ENGAGE with young students locally by speaking in classrooms, judging science fairs, etc. as the EMERG life cycle begins again on itself.

AMPP Student Academic Scholarship Program

We are excited to share that with the recent merge of SSPC and NACE, comes an opportunity to build a stronger and more resourceful academic scholarship program in AMPP.  We have a widely inclusive program for students that will continue to expand over time!

The application period will run from September through January of each year.  Visit our scholarship website to view a variety of opportunities. Each opportunity comes with a specific set of criteria required of the applicants, so please be sure to check out the details!

Our team is dedicated to supporting and expanding this program to provide a strong means of access for students entering the corrosion and protective coatings industry!

AMPP 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Grant

Grant overview:

Equality and opportunity must be a part of our industry and we have established this grant to help historically excluded and intentionally marginalized people worldwide to achieve professional success in the corrosion and coatings industry.

We are committed to providing opportunities in the coatings and corrosion industry for those who need them and to help in this effort, we have created the new Diversity and Inclusion Grant.


What we hope to achieve:

  • Increase access to professional opportunities for members of excluded and marginalized populations.
  • Fund career development efforts of deserving applicants to drive equitable workforce development.
  • Increase the number of qualified individuals in the workforce to support long-term sustainability for the industry.

We will accomplish this by providing grant funds to applicants based on a standard rubric and evaluation cycle. Grant funds must be used for professional development in the coatings and corrosion industry, including (but not limited to): training courses, approved industry organizations’ event registration, AMPP membership fee, educational resource purchases, and professional tools and equipment.

Who is eligible?

Members of historically excluded and intentionally marginalized populations due to inequitable historical and present-day policies, or regulations, lack of infrastructure and resources, discrimination, conflicts, and targeted exclusion. These groups include (but are not limited to): members of underrepresented racial groups, women, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals, and others.

Award amount:

The resources provided through this grant depend on the needs of each applicant as demonstrated through the application. Award amounts may range from $500 to $2,500.

Application period: July 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021

For questions about the AMPP Diversity and Inclusion Grant, please contact brandy.adams@ampp.org or kim.ray@ampp.org.

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