Scholarships Awarded to National SkillsUSA Champions

July 17, 2017 | Posted in: Scholarships

Pittsburgh, PA, July 17, 2017—The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) has once again partnered to support the SkillsUSA Championships, which were held June 21-22 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.

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 Haylee Cooper of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. The gold medalist in the post-secondary group was awarded to Brittany Whitestone of the Carroll County Career & Tech Center in Westminster, Maryland.

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 2016, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $400,000.