Pool Professionals

Rey Perales Memorial Scholarship Fund

Application & Instructions

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It is the purpose of the scholarship fund to provide annual college scholarships to the children of NPC Members and their employees. The dollar amounts of the scholarships and number granted will be determined by the Scholarship Committee annually, based on the available funds. The range of dollar amounts will be a minimum of $500.00 to a maximum of $5,000.00. Scholarships will be announced in January of each year and will be awarded at the NPC Conference the following February.

For more information or clarification regarding these rules and instructions, please contact the National Plasterers Council at (847) 416-7271 or email us at mail@npconline.org.

Your 2024 Checklist

  • VSponsorship secured from Member Company
  • VRequest 1st Letter of Recommendation
  • VRequest 2nd Letter of Recommendation
  • VComplete Application
  • VComplete Research Essay or Recorded PowerPoint Presentation
  • VSubmit Application and all documents by close of business, December 15, 2024

Eligibility Criterias


All applicants must furnish two (2) letters of recommendation. Letters should address the student’s scholastic ability, character and worthiness to receive a merit award. Letters should be from the following: a professor or teacher, an employer, or an .Advisor from a volunteer or extracurricular activity.

Letters should be sent directly to the National Plasterers Council by the author or, if submitted by the student, in a sealed envelope signed by the author over the seal. All letters must be received by December 15, 2024, or the application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

Application and Deadline

All applications and other required materials, including Research Essay, must be received at the National Plasterers Council by the close of business on December 15, 2024 in order to be considered for the upcoming academic year. Applicants who are chosen to receive a scholarship will be notified no later than February 1, 2025. One application per applicant is allowed.

Researched Essay or Recorded
PowerPoint Presentation Requirements

A researched Essay Paper or recorded PowerPoint presentation in English answering one of the following questions must be submitted in Modern Language Association (MLA) Format. The paper must be at least 1000 words and no more than 1500 words, or recorded PowerPoint 5 – 7 minutes in length. A bibliography (work cited page) must be included but is not included in the overall word count of the paper. Plagiarism is not allowed and is reason for disqualification.

  1. Building materials and techniques continue to evolve to meet the demands of the market, environmentally influenced policy/funding, and sustainability. What change or changes can be identified in the supply of the building materials industry that has a potential impact on the swimming pool industry, specifically the swimming pool plaster industry? Propose an information campaign to educate the industry on this change and how they should best integrate it into their daily processes.
  2. Interview three NPC members and analyze their experiences for shared hurdles, successes, and/or current problems. Discuss their commonalities and what a new industry member could learn from these experiences. For problems or hurdles, present what you suggest as a solution.
  3. What are the key factors contributing to the slowdown in the pool industry? How is the current economic climate impacting this sector, and what measures can be taken to foster improvement?

Disclaimer: Using ChatGPT or other AI-generated sources in your NPC submission without proper citation may be considered plagiarism. Rephrasing and incorporating ideas from other authors into your own writing without citing sources is regarded as plagiarism in academia, and this applies to AI-generated content as well.