PGSF Scholarships Awarded to National Skills USA Champions

August 6, 2018 | Posted in: PGSF News

Pittsburgh, PA.– The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF)as once again partnered to support the SkillsUSA Championships, which were held June 26-28 at the Louisville Kentucky Exposition Center.

Some two dozen of the country’s top high school and technical school graphic communications students competed in the national finals for top honors in graphic communication skills. They were among over 6,000 of the nation’s best students who participated in some 100 skill and leadership competitions that took place in the expo center. Only winners of state graphic communications contests were eligible to compete.

This year’s national winners in both the secondary and post-secondary divisions will receive $1500 scholarships provided by PGSF. In the secondary division, the first-place spot went to Julia Meassick, Carroll County Career & Technology Center in Westminster, MD. The gold medalist in the post-secondary group was awarded to Cheyanne Kasmierski, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA.

The SkillsUSA partnership of students, teachers and industry works together to ensure a skilled workforce for the future. According to Mike Stinnett, Technical Committee member and former instructor at Royal Oak High School in Michigan, “The Graphic Communications Contest has our best-trained students being taught by our most devoted teachers.”

The graphic communications contest is produced by a dedicated group of industry vendors and associations. “PGSF is pleased to support the ongoing education of the competitors through our scholarship program.” stated John Berthelsen, VP-Development with the Foundation.

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About PGSF: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit, private, industry directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people, and then to support them through their education process. In 2018, more than 220 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000.