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Friday August 8

Sherwin-Williams and Ernst & Young Partner for Scholarships to Cleveland High School Students

In celebration of the 100-year partnership between the Sherwin-Williams Company and accounting firm Ernst & Young, both organizations have made a $25,000 ($50,000 total) commitment to the students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in Ohio for academic scholarships.

Each organization will award five $1,000 scholarships, for annual renewal up to five years. Sherwin-Williams recipients will pursue degrees in technology and science while Ernst & Young students will focus on accounting and business. Scholarship recipients will also be given the opportunity for internships at both companies.

"As we continuously look for ways to simplify our students' transition from high school to college, generous donations such as these help to fill in the financial gap that might impede some students progression on to higher education," said Dr. Eugene Sanders, Cleveland Schools CEO.

Sherwin-Williams Chairman and CEO Christopher M. Connor will provide details surrounding the Sherwin-Williams and Ernst & Young scholarship programs at a CMSD Army of Believers Scholarship Luncheon in August. Scholarships will be awarded in the spring to seniors graduating in 2009.

Connor said, "At Sherwin-Williams education is one of the priority drivers that fuels our global growth and innovation. We are proud of our strong relationship with Cleveland Schools and look forward to supporting these young scholars as they embark on an exciting educational experience."

Donald Misheff, Ernst & Young Northeast Ohio managing partner commented, "We're excited about our partnership with Cleveland Schools. In seeking to serve our clients, Ernst & Young's 1,170 employees value ongoing mentoring and education. We never miss a chance to improve. Helping Cleveland high school students further their education is a wonderful opportunity to invest in our most precious resource - our children."

Founded in 1866, with global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, the Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers.

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