R.E.D. Educational Foundation

The Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation (R.E.D.) is a not-for-profit foundation whose sole mission is to provide financial assistance to students pursuing a career in the composite panel and affiliated industries. The Foundation was formed in 1986 by the members of the Composite Panel Association in memory of the late Robert E. Dougherty, who served as the first Executive Vice President of the Association from 1960 until 1983 - when he retired after 23 years of leading the Association and industry.

2019 ScholarshiPS


The R.E.D. Foundation Scholarship award reflects the Foundation’s commitment to provide financial assistance to students pursuing a career in the composite panel and affiliated industries. The 2019 awards will consist of up to four scholarships of $5,000 each.  Additional scholarships could be awarded depending on the quality of the submissions.  Scholarship awards are in the form of checks made payable to the student and delivered to the student’s academic advisor. 

In addition to the scholarship awards, a list of the scholarship nominees will be distributed to all members of the Composite Panel Association (CPA). These companies will be encouraged to consider these nominees when making their summer and full-time hiring decisions. By submitting an application, you are distributing your academic achievements and career aspirations to more than 170 companies in the composite panel, forest products, decorative surfaces, furniture, cabinet, and related industries. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the CPA and learn of the many diverse career opportunities the industry has to offer.


·         Student must be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S., Canada or Mexico.

·         Student must be enrolled full-time in undergraduate (junior or senior) or post-graduate study for the spring of 2019.

·         Students must be enrolled in one of the following academic majors*:

  • Forestry/Forest Products
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Natural Resources
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Land Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Wood Science & Technology
  • Architecture
  • Pulp & Paper Science
  • Business
  • Environmental Science
  • Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Political Science



March 15, 2019:   Deadline for applications

March/April 2019:  RED Scholarship Committee reviews applications and develops recommendations.

May 7, 2019:  The RED Board of Directors selects scholarship recipients and award amounts.

Mid May 2019:   Award recipients announced and notification letters mailed.

August 2019:   Scholarship checks mailed

The Foundation is funded by generous donations from member companies.


Information Sheet

Application Form

Nomination Form


2019: Scholarship Applicants List

2018: Scholarship Applicants List

For more information, contact Gary Heroux


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