Air Products and the American Welding Society Announce New Scholarship for Women of Gases and Welding

  Air Products and the American Welding Society Announce New Scholarship for
                          Women of Gases and Welding

New Scholarship Empowers Women to Pursue Technical Careers

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 14, 2012

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --In a continuing effort to
ensure America has the highly skilled workforce needed to compete in today's
global economy, Air Products (NYSE: APD) and the American Welding Society
(AWS) are jointly establishing a $50,000 scholarship program to help enable
women to develop the skills required to pursue technical careers. The "Air
Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship" was introduced last evening
during a reception sponsored by the Woman of Gases & Welding (WGW) at the
FABTECH show in Las Vegas, Nev.

The new scholarship was inspired by the WGW, an organization launched last
year for the advocacy, recruitment, and professional development of females in
the gases and welding industry. The program will be managed by the AWS, and
the scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee. The first annual
scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded in 2013 to a female
pursing higher education in a welding or engineering discipline, who has
proven to be an exceptional student and is eager to start her career in the

"We are excited about coming together with the AWS to provide this scholarship
opportunity to women for the benefit of our industry," said Sue Reiter,
regional distributor sales manager at AirProducts and member of WGW's
strategic committee. "This scholarship program supports not only Air Products'
future employment needs, but also the creation of a workforce with the skills
necessary to help companies compete in today's global economy."

Air Products has been involved in promoting and supporting technical education
for many years. The company's chairman, president, and CEO, John McGlade, has
been a strong advocate for SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit that strives to
provide a quality workforce in trade, technical, and skilled service
occupations. In October 2010, McGlade was presented with the inaugural
SkillsUSA CEO Champion of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and
exemplary work in the creation and support of America's highly skilled

About the American Welding Society

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted,
nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and
application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide
including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying. Headquartered in Miami,
Florida, and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS
serves close to 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with
250 Sections and student chapters. For more information, visit the society's
website at and click on "Pressroom."

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE: APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases;
performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the
company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and
sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative
solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include
semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas
liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2012, Air
Products had sales approaching $10 billion. For more information, visit

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risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended
September 30, 2011.

SOURCE Air Products

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