Winning a College Scholarship: Ultimate Guide + Infographic

Finding College Scholarships is more important than ever for students and their parents to offset the high cost of education. The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is pleased to offer more than $500,000 annually to part-time and full-time students studying print and graphic communication.

PGSF is excited to share this article and infographic., contributed By Ruth Kinloch | writer and blogger at IvyPandaruth@ivypanda-mail.com

The Cost of an Education

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As the saying goes, nothing in life is free. In order to find a well-paid, satisfying job, you almost always need to have a college degree. Unfortunately, attaining this level of education involves spending money on tuition and related fees for several years. The average college tuition in the US is about $40,000. This price is enough to terrify even the affluent among us. But for the many young people whose parents cannot afford to pay for their education, the cost is simply too high.

However, there are less expensive options. For example, you can cut costs by attending a public two-year college. For in-state students, the expenses total about $3,500. But a four-year college degree for out-of-state students is, on average, about $32,500. As you can see, the prices differ enormously, and they vary across schools and states.

Applying For Scholarships Explained

The cheapest option is to set your sights on a scholarship. Many of these awards are given as prizes to the best students, so you should definitely be proud if you receive one. This article will tell you about different types of awards, show you where to start your scholarship search, and offer many useful resources to help you along the way. The infographics that show you how to prepare your application are meant to be especially helpful.

Read the whole article by IvyPanda here and be well on your way to winning a college scholarship!

2014 PGSF December Graduates

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 27, 2015—On behalf of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) Board of Directors and donors, PGSF would like to extend congratulations and very best wishes to the PGSF December graduates.

“As you embark upon your future, please know that we at PGSF have been extremely proud to assist you during your undergraduate careers,” said Bernie Eckert, PGSF administrator.  “We look forward to you becoming successful leaders of the printing industry by giving back your enthusiasm, talent, and the experience you have gained.”

Individuals, companies, and associations provide both annual and endowed scholarship funds to PGSF, which administers the scholarship and fellowship programs for the industry. The PGSF Board of Directors approved $410,000 to be awarded for scholarships in the 2014–2015 academic years.

“I deeply thank you for providing me with the resources necessary to further my education and complete my degree,” said Ciara Hautau, Clemson University. “I firmly believe that it is kind, generous people like you that make the world a better place—helping individuals to grow and prosper.”

“I cannot tell you how appreciative I am of the constant support and encouragement you have given me over the last few years,” said John Ensink, Ferris State University. “You and the PGSF have been such a wonderful organization to have on my side. I do not think I could have done it without you. I am forever thankful.”
 
Natalie Eberhard
Pittsburg State University
Graphic Communication Management
Henry J. Schooley Memorial Scholarship

Jordan Bedenbaugh
Clemson University
Graphic Communications/Packaging
MEGTEC Systems Scholarship

Joshua Budish
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Technology Education/Printing
IGAEA, Fred Kagy, Webcrafter/Frautschi Foundation Scholarship

John Ensink
Ferris State University
Graphic Media Management
Employing Printers Education Trust Scholarship

Hope Falls
Clemson University
Graphic Communications Management
James Shields Memorial Scholarship

Shahla Fattaahi
College of the Ozarks
Graphic Design
Henry Wurst, Inc. Scholarship

Ciara Hautau
Clemson University
Graphic Communications
William A. Krueger Scholarship

Mason  McCaskill
Clemson University
Graphic Communication/Business Administration
Heidelberg US and MEGTEC Systems

Matthew Seeman
Rochester Institute of Technology
New Media Publishing
Ultra-Graphics and James Bucchin Jr. Scholarships

Yojna Shetty
Pratt Institute
Communications Design
Kline Family Scholarship

Whitney Taylor Smith
Ferris State University
Graphic Arts Management
Donald S. Browne Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Suyemoto
Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo
Graphic Communications
Society of Fellows

Kassandra Turner
Pittsburg State University
Commercial Graphics/Marketing
Ray and Anna Campbell Scholarship

Angela Vanderwall
Ferris State University
Graphic Media Management/Printing and Digital Imaging Technology
Non Pareil Society Scholarship

Ethan White
College of the Ozarks
Graphic Arts
Harry Porter and Elverda Zunk Scholarships

About PGSF
PGSF is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communication careers. Individuals, companies, and associations provide both annual and endowed scholarship funds to PGSF, which administers the scholarship and fellowship programs for the industry. For information regarding tax-deductible contributions, establishing a scholarship, or about PGSF, the largest national independent scholarship effort for the graphic arts industry, please contact PGSF at 412-259-1740 or visit www.printing.org/pgsf.

PGSF Spring Graduates 2015

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 8, 2015—On behalf of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) Board of Directors and donors, PGSF would like to extend congratulations and very best wishes to the PGSF spring graduates of 2015.

“As you embark upon your future, please know that we at PGSF have been extremely proud to have assisted you during your undergraduate careers,” said Bernie Eckert, PGSF administrator.  “We look forward to you becoming successful leaders of the printing industry by giving back your enthusiasm, talent, and the experience you have gained.”

Following is a list of the scholarship students who are graduating from their programs this spring and summer. Included with some of the listing are quotations provided by the graduates.

Heather Ashe
Clemson, South Carolina
Clemson University

Vilte Bacinskaite
Santa Rosa, California
Prescott College

Caleb Bailey*
Central, South Carolina
Clemson University
 
Megan Baron*
Newark, Delaware
Lebanon Valley College
 
Aubree Berg*
Freeland, Michigan
Ferris State University

GaBrielle Boyd
Jerome, Idaho
Idaho State University

Chantel Camping*
Templeton, California
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
“None of this would be possible without your continued financial support. I’m looking forward to using the skills I have learned in the real graphic communication industry. Thank you so much for your generosity.” C. Camping

Tyler Casey*
King City, California
Azusa Pacific University
 
Bethany Chatterton
Onslow, Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
 
Bryce Chismire
Ridgeway, Colorado
Santa Fe University of Art & Design
 
Tyler Christofferson
Dewitt, Michigan
Ferris State University

Tommie Collins
Maywood, Illinois
Hampton University

Olivia Cookfair
Brookfield, Connecticut
Rochester Institute of Technology
“I can’t thank PGSF enough for the opportunities this scholarship has given me, and it couldn’t have been possible without the donors of PGSF.” O. Cookfair
 
Samantha Coulter
Lewiston, Idaho
Lewis-Clark State College
“Thanks to your efforts and support. I am confident that the field of graphic communications will be given new life in the form of inspired students who are entering the field.” S. Coulter
 
Morgan Dalman
Three Rivers, Michigan
Western Michigan University
 
Lynette DeGeorge*
Michigan Center, Michigan
Ferris State University
 
Logan Emser
Ashland, Ohio
Kent State University

Bruno Forcine
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia University
 
Laura Garvin*
Lexington, South Carolina
Clemson University

Kaleb Grine*
Tiffin, Ohio
Bowling Green University
 
Kelsy-Ann Hayes
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin-Stout
 
Alissa Hicks
Magna, Utah
Salt Lake Community College
 
Christina Hillman*
Springfield, Georgia
Pratt Institute

Philip Iacona
Aston, Pennsylvania
Stevenson University

Mary Long
Silverstreet, South Carolina
Clemson University
 
Able Marquez
Clovis, California
Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
“I really appreciate and value the opportunities that the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation has given me. I believe the power of education is a responsibility, a call to act and be a good example of leadership. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for your generosity. Thank you.” Abel Marquez
 
Rachel McKinzie Wallace
Pleasant Hill, Missouri
Pittsburg State University

Zachery Minor*
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Pittsburg State University
 
Ashlyn Neiffer
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania

Erin Nuss
Honesdale, Pennsylvania
Millersville University

Shreyas Pathak
Western Michigan University
 
Kelsey Pledger
Mcknightstown, Pennsylvania
Robert Morris University
  
Mickayla Preston
San Diego, California
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

Joseph Raiton
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona State University

Naveen Rajadhyaksha
Liberty, Illinois
University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Eric Robinson
Bay City, Texas
California University of PA

Shannon Rogers*
Lexington, South Carolina
University of South Carolina

Ian Safranschi
Plymouth, Minnesota
Dunwoody College of Technology
 
Matthew Seeman*
Bally, Pennsylvania
Rochester Institute of Technology 
“Thank you so much for your continued support. Because of your help, I can continue into the working world a lot more secure than I would have been. Your help has truly shaped my life.”
M. Seeman

Kelsey Seibt*
McHenry, Illinois
Rochester Institute of Technology
 
Brian Siegfried
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rochester Institute of Technology

Whitney Smith
Jackson, Michigan
Ferris State University

Chelsea Studenski
Foley, Minnesota
University of South Dakota
 
Samantha Suyemato
Valencia, California
Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
 
Laura Thomsen*
Bettendorf, Iowa
University of Northern Iowa

Caraline Visuri
Dowagiac, Michigan
Ferris State University
 
Heather Wauldron
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Ferris State University
 
Caroline Weaver
Turbeville, South Carolina
Clemson University

Paige Willman
Cary, North Carolina
Appalachian State University
 
Danielle Wood
Forresthill, Carolina
California Polytechnic State University
 
Kao Mee Xiong
Appleton, Wisconsin
Fox Valley Technical College

Brayan Zavala
Knoxville, Tennessee
University of Tennessee

*Denotes four-year scholarship recipients

The PGSF Board of Directors recently approved $410,000 to be awarded for scholarships in the 2014–2015 academic years. More than two hundred college students attending 78 schools are receiving financial assistance through PGSF each year. However, many more deserving scholarship applicants are turned down due to a lack of funds. Information regarding tax-advantaged contributions, establishing a scholarship through PGSF, or scholarship applications, contact Bernie Eckert, PGSF program administrator, at 724-553-4028 or bernie.eckert@pgsf.org. You can also visit www.pgsf.org.