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Ethics. Education. Excellence



A. E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship

For 30 years PDCA has been able to award scholarships to deserving students because of the A. E. Robert Friedman-PDCA Scholarship Fund. The A.E. Robert Friedman-PDCA Scholarship Fund was formed in 1978 to honor Bob Friedman on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as legal counsel for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. He served in that capacity until 1981.


Congratulations 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

  • Alexandra Brown – Miami, FL
  • Teryn Caruso – El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Ellen E. Corcoran – Rocky River, OH
  • Emily Cornelius, Loudonville, OH
  • Steve R. Hanson – Moorehead, MN
  • Makenna Elle Johnstone – Seattle, WA
  • Ashley Nicole Whitesides – Grand Junction, CO


"Educating Tomorrows Leaders"

A.E. Robert Friedman served as legal counsel for PDCA for many years and was a strong supporter of education. At the time of his passing, a request was made by his family to establish an on-going scholarship program in his honor. Since that time, over $310,000 has been contributed to the Fund, primarily by PDCA members' individual donations. 

An A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship is open to any high school senior or college age student seeking to further their education. Applicants must be sponsored by an active PDCA member in good standing.  The sponsor must submit a nomination letter to PDCA headquarters.

The nomination letter includes the student's name, address, age and telephone number, the level of education to which the award will be applied (i.e. vocational, college, graduate school), and the name of the school or institution currently attended or where the applicant has been accepted or enrolled. 

Address the nomination letter to:
A.E. Robert Friedman Board of Trustees
c/o Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
2316 Millpark Drive
Maryland Heights, MO 63043

The deadline for nomination letters is November 1, 2015.

Winners are announced at the PDCA annual Painting and Decorating Expo.


Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for an award from the PDCA - A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Fund must be nominated by an active PDCA member in good standing. Such nominations must be made in writing, addressed to the Board of Trustees of the PDCA - A. E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Fund, c/o Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, 2316 Millpark Drive, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. The nomination must set forth the name, address, age and telephone number of the candidate, the level of schooling to which the award will be applied (i.e., college, graduate school), and the name of the school or institution, if known, where he or she has been accepted or enrolled. The communication must also contain a statement of the general qualifications of the applicant. The nominating party should emphasize any facts that he or she feels might enlighten and inform the Trustees relative to the individual nominated. 

In order to provide students ample time to complete the scholarship application and obtain the proper transcripts and letters of recommendation, all nominations must be received by November 1, 2015. PDCA members are limited to nominating two (2) students per year.

To be eligible for a scholarship award, candidates: 

  • Must be nominated by an active PDCA member in good standing.
  • Must at the time of application be at least in the senior year of high school.
  • Must be no more than 26 years of age.
  • Must pledge to use any scholarship award granted toward vocational, college or post-college studies.
  • Are not required to be a member of the PDCA, related to a PDCA member or an employee of a PDCA member, or to have any other connection with the PDCA.
  • Subject to the above requirements, any individual shall be eligible for a scholarship award.

The Trustees will make annual awards based upon character, financial need, and upon full or part-time attendance in an accredited junior college, college, university or post-graduate institution. The Trustees reserve the right to investigate and verify any information or data submitted by the candidate.

The Trustees shall, in their absolute discretion, select the recipients of these awards (to be known as the PDCA A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship Award) as well as determine the number of eligible recipients each year. In no case shall a recipient be eligible to receive an award for more than four (4) years.

Announcement of the awards shall be communicated and publicized at PDCA's annual convention. All awards will be in form of a check accompanied by such other means of recognition of the successful candidates' status as may be prescribed by the Trustees. The Trustees reserve the right to make the award in the form of a check payable to the institution attended by the successful candidate.