Air Products Foundation has awarded Kutztown University, Muhlenberg College and DeSales University in Pennsylvania, US a $50,000 grant that will provide 10 scholarships for minority or female students.

Kutztown University will receive two scholarships for communication studies majors and Muhlenberg College and DeSales University will each receive four scholarships for accounting majors and computer science majors, respectively.

“One of Air Products’ core values is a commitment to diversity, and education is a key focus area for the Air Products Foundation,” said Simon Moore, Vice-President of Investor Relations, Corporate Relations and Sustainability at Air Products.

“We are always seeking ways to support the communities in which we live and work. This is a win-win opportunity to support female and minority students at a local college and two universities while deepening our relationships in the community.”

Air Products recently announced new goals to further increase the percentage of females and US minorities in professional and managerial roles at the company.

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By 2025, Air Products aims to achieve at least 28% female representation in the professional and managerial population globally and at least 20% minority representation in that same population in the US.

These measures are increases from 25% and 17% representation (2020 baseline), respectively.

Beyond the announced scholarships, these students may also benefit from paid internships that Air Products regularly provides.

In the event Covid-19 challenges keep students from working at a physical Air Products’ location, the company said it is prepared to continue to make internship opportunities virtual.

To date, Air Products has provided 75 virtual internships since the early onset of the pandemic in March 2020.