PGSF Announces Newly Endowed Scholarship for Bernie Eckert

November 18, 2022 (Pittsburgh, PA)  The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), is pleased to announce the establishment of the Bernie Eckert Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship has initial funding of over $28,000.  

Bernie EckertBernie has worked tirelessly for over 20 years managing the scholarship process for thousands of students who are working on furthering their education in the Graphic Arts. She will be greatly missed by her team at PGSF as well as by the students, faculty, and the PGSF board as she retires at the end of this year.   “Since the beginning of my involvement on the Board of Directors of PGSF, I have been very impressed with Bernie’s passion and energy for PGSF and the need to attract talent to the industry. Many careers have been kicked off as a result of Bernie’s untiring efforts to evaluate and recommend scholarships from thousands of applications in her PGSF career.  I wish Bernie a well-deserved retirement and all the best in this next phase in her life.”, said Dr. Niels Winther, Chairman and Owner of Think Patented of Ohio.

Over 70 educators, students, friends, and industry leaders contributed to this scholarship which will be awarded each year to a deserving student studying the Graphic Arts at an accredited two or four-year institution.  “Bernie has been the ‘Wonder Woman’ of PGSF. Her energy and dedication have shaped PGSF into what it is today. She was there every step of the way, and I am thankful for her continued support of my education and career. Congratulations on your retirement, Bernie!”, said Jessica Kastello, scholarship recipient and currently with Lakeside Book Company.

If you would like to contribute to Bernie’s endowment or make a general contribution to help fund students in the industry, please visit our website at www.pgsf.org.

About PGSF

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communications careers and pursuing education at technical colleges and universities. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people and support them through their education process. Each year the foundation grants over $500,000 in scholarships.

 

Contact:
Jeffrey White, Director of Development
Jeff.white@pgsf.org

PGSF Announces the 2022 – 2023 Scholarship Recipients

162 Stellar Students Attending 83 Schools Across the US to Benefit

View the 2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients by State / School

Pittsburgh, PA – September 05, 2022 – For the second year in a row, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation has set a record in the dollar amount of scholarships given, totaling $551,000!

PGSF received over 600 scholarship applications this year. From this, the judges awarded 162 recipients with scholarships representing 83 schools from across the United States. Cal Poly and Illinois State both had 11 students receive scholarships from PGSF. At Clemson and Ferris State there were 9 recipients at each school. The average amount awarded is $3,477. This year, PGSF increased the dollar amount of the awards to help students offset the increasing costs of materials and living expenses. PGSF’s highest scholarship awarded was $12,000.

PGSF’s mission is “Building the Future of the Graphic Communications Industry”. Since 1956, PGSF has provided scholarships to full-time and part-time students attending colleges, universities, and technical schools with graphic communication-related programs. Programs include visual communications, digital printing, graphic communications, packaging, paper and printing science, apparel, web design, production management, and digital marketing. Once a full-time student receives a PGSF scholarship, it is renewable for up to four years. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and remain enrolled full-time (12 credits or more) in a graphic communication-related program.

This year PGSF awarded 114 students renewable scholarships with many worth more than $4,000.

After receiving his scholarship, Justin from Augusta Technical College wrote: “You have no clue how much this means for me having come out of a couple of rough years recently. Before college, I was graduating high school and took a year off from everything and thought that I would amount to nothing with my future. After some encouragement from my peers, I enrolled in the Fall of 2020, and I quickly regained my passion for graphic design and persevered in my first two years of college. Now, thanks to your generous gift of this scholarship, I can finish my last two semesters of college and not have any burdens of student debt because I didn’t need a handout to get me along. I EARNED MY WAY OUT OF COLLEGE!!! Peace and Blessings for all involved in PGSF, because you all change lives for the BETTER!”

“When a student is chosen to receive a PGSF award, they are not only receiving financial support for their education, but they are also joining the PGSF family and will have the benefits now and in the future of a positive support system provided by PGSF staff, directors, and our extensive alumni and contact network. We understand that life happens and work with our students to help them realize their goals,” said Dr. Debbie Bohan, Administrative Director, PGSF.

PGSF continues to find more ways to support education for the print and graphics industry. This year we expanded our funding opportunities by providing grant funding. This program funds student and instructor activities and also provides funds to acquire equipment to be used in an educational environment. Our annual student Poster and T-Shirt Competition is open to high school and college students, with winners receiving $500. The posters are used to help publicize the scholarship program. Scholarship applications for 2023-24 will open in November 2022 online at pgsf.org

Media Contact

Debbie Bohan, Administrative Director, PGSF

Endowment History – The Henry Wurst, Inc. Scholarship

Established 1997

Henry WurstHenry Wurst, Inc. was founded by Henry E. Wurst in Kansas City in 1937. The company provided short- and long-run printing and print-related services to businesses across the nation. Products manufactured by Henry Wurst, Inc. included catalogs, coupons, magazine and newspaper inserts, booklets, and brochures. In 2019, Henry Wurst, Inc. was acquired by Mittera.

Funds for this scholarship are provided to students seeking careers in graphic communications. Preference is given to qualified students residing in the Kansas City, or Raleigh, NC, areas. A student enrolled at Pittsburg State University, Central Missouri State University, or Appalachian State University would also be a preferred recipient.

The Henry Wurst, Inc. Scholarship is part of our Gutenberg group of endowments which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of over $100,000. To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.  

Endowment History – A. Stull Harris Memorial Scholarship

Established 1958

Stull HarrisMrs. Marie Harris Barkley established the A. Stull Harris Memorial Scholarship in 1958 as a memorial to her husband Alfred Stull Harris, former president of Harris Intertype Corporation.

Stull Harris (shown in this picture: fifth, counter-clockwise from lower right) became president of Harris Corporation in 1944. During his administration, he established a Chemical Research Laboratory for the development and quality control of the various chemicals and plates needed by the lithographic industry. This gave the company a great lead over competitors as the only offset press manufacturer who thoroughly understood the process. At the time of Stull’s death in 1947, company inventors had patented nearly 250 innovations in printing equipment, with a concentration in offset lithographic printing. Today, Harris Corporation is now known as L3Harris Technologies and you can learn more about the history of the company here.

Stull Harris Memorial ScholarshipThe original donation was made as an annual scholarship in 1958. In 1960, Mrs. Barkley converted the scholarship to a permanent endowment through a sizeable donation of Harris Intertype Corporation stock. Mrs. Barkley passed away in 1971, leaving the legacy of an A. Stull Harris Memorial Scholarship to future scholars.

The A. Stull Harris Memorial Scholarship is part of our Print Heritage group of endowments which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of over $25,000-49,999. To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page.

 

More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.  

Endowment History – The John (Jack) Kronenberg Memorial Scholarship

Jack KronenburgEstablished 1999

The John (Jack) Kronenberg Memorial Scholarship was named after Jack Kronenberg, a longtime printing executive and consultant to businesses in the graphic arts. He was known as a positive, powerful role model who had a lasting influence on the industry.

Jack was born in Hamburg, New York, and became a long-time printing executive and consultant to the graphic arts industries during his very illustrious career. His professional career began in high school where he printed stationery and business cards on his own press. In 1933 he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a B.S. in printing management. Until 1938, he worked as a production manager and assistant superintendent at U.S. Printing and Lithograph Company in Buffalo, New York, and then in New York City.

In 1938 he began a thirty-year career with S.D. Warren of Boston, serving as both vice president and director. Following his retirement from Warren in 1968, he remained in the industry as a consultant, serving on the board of directors of such graphic arts companies as W.E. Andrews Company, Baldwin Technology, Sayers Communications, and Wright. He served as associate dean of the College of Graphic Arts and Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jack was involved in various philanthropic associations such as the GATF, R&E Council, PGSF, National Association of Printers and Lithographers, and many others.

Jack had received dozens of professional recognitions including National NAPL Craftsman of the Year, NAPL Soderstrom Award, Carnegie Mellon University Service Award, PIA Friedman Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service to Education, PIA Lewis Man of the Year Award, and the RIT Byron Culver Award.

The John (Jack) Kronenberg Memorial Scholarship is part of our Senefelder group of endowments which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of $50,000 – $99,000. To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.  

Endowment History – Charles E. Malspeis / NOVA Press

Charles E. MalspeisEstablished 2016

The Malspeis Memorial Scholarship was established by NOVA Pressroom Products, LLC as a memorial to Charles Malspeis and in recognition of the 60th anniversary year of PGSF. Charles was one of the founding partners of Nova and served as Vice President of technical services and the coating division. He directed all Nova coating research and production.

With twenty years of experience at Anchor and Fujifilm Hunt Chemicals, he became known throughout the ink and coatings industry as the innovator of today’s specialty aqueous and UV coatings. Backed by a BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, Chuck designed compatible coatings for today’s inks. He was dedicated to serving his customers and guiding printers to practical solutions for production challenges.

Chuck lost his life in a tragic drowning accident in June 2011, at the age of 47.

The scholarship provides the opportunity for students who are pursuing a course of study in graphic arts with the opportunity to enhance their education. This is a meaningful way to invest in the industry’s future workforce. The endowment is open for further contributions and additional companies, friends, and associates of Chuck are encouraged to add to the fund.

The Malspeis Memorial Scholarship is part of our Print Heritage group of endowments comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of $25,000 – $49,000. To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. For more questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.  

 

Endowment History – Michael Bruno / TAGA Scholarship

The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) established the Michael Bruno/TAGA Scholarship in 1988, honoring Mr. Bruno’s forty years of service to TAGA.

His Career

Mike Bruno’s professional career in the graphic arts spanned more than fifty years. During this time, he served in many capacities. He started as a research officer at the U.S. Army Map Service during World War II. Mike then held multiple positions within the Lithographic Technical Foundation over twenty-two years. These included Research Manager, Research Director, and Technical Director. He then became the Manager of graphic arts rese

arch and corporate consulting for International Paper and an adjunct professor at the Polytechnic University of New York.

Publishing Credits

Mr. Bruno is the author of Principles of Color Proofing and Label Industry Facts and Guidelines. He was editor of International Paper’s Pocket Pal and published his own graphic arts newsletter. In addition, he authored an annual report called the Status of Printing in the U.S.A.

Industry Awards

Michael received many industry honors during his career. In 1974, he was the first recipient of the GATF Reed Technology Medal. He also received the Gold Medal of the Institute of Printing (England) in 1983 and the Electronic Prepress Pioneer Award from Lasers in Graphics in 1987.  The Friedman Memorial Medal for distinguished service to graphic arts education was awarded to him in 1988. The DRUPA Golden Pin Award was bestowed in 1990, in recognition of his reports on printing technology.

Want to know more about Michael Bruno? Watch this video from Frank Romano and learn how CalPoly Students Created a Book about Printing Pioneer Michael Bruno.

The Michael Bruno/TAGA Scholarship Scholarship is part of our Senefelder group of endowments. These are comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of $50,000 – $99,000. To read more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our updated online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.  

Endowment History – PIAG John Dillard Memorial Scholarship

PIAG logoThe Printing & Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) has served Georgia’s dynamic printing and imaging industry for more than 125 years. As the voice of the industry, PIAG supports graphic communicators of all kinds from printers to imagers to designers and beyond. Their three arms (association, insurance, and educational foundation) are there to help students succeed today, and help guide them towards the future.

In 2018, PIAG Educational Foundation announced the inaugural John Dillard Memorial Scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded once again this year to students who are residents of Georgia and are currently enrolled in a high school, postsecondary, or graduate program.

Recipients must enroll in a graphic communication program in the United States. A child or grandchild of PIAG member companies, as well as SkillsUSA Georgia participants, receive special consideration based on the points system. Applications are evaluated and judged during May and June. Recipients will be notified in July and August prior to the school year.

2021 – 2022 Recipients

To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our updated online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.