R.E.D. Educational Foundation

The Robert E. Dougherty Educational Foundation 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.

2018 ScholarshiPS


The RED 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 2018 awards will consist of five scholarships of up to $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 US, Canada or Mexico.

·         Student must be enrolled full-time in undergraduate (junior or senior) or post-graduate study for the spring of 2018.

·         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 9, 2018:   Deadline for applications

March/April 2018:  RED Scholarship Committee reviews applications and develops recommendations.

April 25, 2018:  The RED Board of Directors selects scholarship recipients and award amounts.

May 2, 2018:   Award recipients announced and notification letters mailed.

August 2018:   Scholarship checks mailed

The Foundation is funded by CPA and generous donations from member companies.


Information Sheet

Application Form

Nomination Form


2018: Scholarship Applicants List

2017: Scholarship Applicants List 

For more information, contact Gary Heroux


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