CANTON, Ohio — SprayWorks has announced the winner of the first annual James Davidson Innovative Student Scholarship — Florida native Erich Periman.

The scholarship is named after SprayWorks Equipment Group Owner James Davidson.

The James Davidson Innovative Student Scholarship was designed to encourage chemical science students to create innovation in their chosen industry and during their university education.

Periman said he plans to “create innovation through chemical science by working to find a cure for possible environmental and chemical causes of autism.”

“We are thrilled to have selected such a deserving student,” said Davidson. “We wish Erich much success in his university education and his future career in Chemical Science.”