Investing in YOUR Future

October 1, 2021 | Posted in: Scholarships | Student Resources | PGSF Blogs

scholarship checklist

Welcome to the first step on your career path in the print, packaging, graphic communications, or publishing industry. The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) exists solely to open doorways to interested, dedicated students and current industry employees who want to go further and do more.  

Applying for a scholarship may seem daunting, but PGSF is here to make it as simple as possible. Keep reading our scholarship checklist to find out what you need to provide to be considered for financial assistance. 

Checklist for Full-Time Students 

PGSF awards scholarship money to students who will be (or are) enrolled in a printing or graphics program at a technical school, college, or university in the United States. If you are a high school senior or a full-time student enrolled in a post-secondary program, here’s what we need from you: 

  • Official transcripts: You can submit your grades as shown on your official transcript through the PGSF application site.
  • Commitment: You’ll need to be enrolled in school full-time and be achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. Full-time status means that you are or will be taking 12 or more credit hours per term. 
  • Career path: Are you pursuing a career in printing technology, printing management, package design and production, graphic communication, or publishing? Then you are the type of student we are looking for.  
  • Recommendations: Somewhere along the way, someone inspired you to become a student of graphic design and/or printing. A teacher, guidance counselor, or employer said, “You know, you would be good at this.” We’d like to hear from those people. We need two recommendations. Please let the people you ask for recommendations know we will be contacting them; all we need from you on the application is their current email addresses.  

Higher, further, faster 

Maybe you’re already working in the industry, and you’re thinking, “I could go further if I had more education.” At the same time, though, you don’t want to leave your job altogether. We got you. 

PGSF provides scholarships to people working in the graphics or print industry, whether full-time in graphic communications or as a service provider or industry supplier. If this describes you, here’s your application checklist: 

  • Desire: Your intention should be to continue a career in printing technology, printing management, graphic communication, packaging, or publishing. Enrollment in a US-based technical school, college or university graphics, or print-based program is required. Please indicate courses you plan to take and their costs. 
  • Employment: To be eligible for this type of scholarship, we’ll need confirmation from your employer. Let them know you are applying, give us an email address, and we will reach out. Make sure to give them time to submit before the application site closes. 
  • No report cards: You do not need to submit a GPA or transcripts for the initial application, so don’t worry. To continue receiving the scholarship, you will need to keep a 3.0 GPA or higher, and PGSF will ask you to submit grades upon completing your course work. You can do it! 


  • The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022. 
  • If you are applying as a full-time student, scholarships are not awarded for part-time or online-only programs. Part-time applicants must be currently working in the industry. 
  • If you are applying as a part-time student, scholarships may be awarded for part-time or online-only programs.  
  • Scholarship applications are evaluated in May and June, and we begin awarding them in July and August. 

Good luck! Remember, our goal is to build and benefit the future workforce of the graphics communication and printing industry, and we can’t do it without you. Start your application today.