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

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Debbie Bohan, Administrative Director, PGSF

PGSF Announces Winners for its 2021–2022 Poster and T-Shirt Design Contest

Each contest winner receives $500 and national recognition in the graphic communications industry

2022 Poster Design Contest Winner

Pittsburgh, PA — August 22, 2022The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), a nonprofit organization working to build the future workforce of the graphic communications industry through educational scholarships, is pleased to announce the 2022 winners of its annual poster and t-shirt design contest. 

The full-time student poster winner is Emma Kostick, an upcoming senior at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. 

“I am very honored to receive this award, and it has inspired me to keep pushing toward my career goals in graphic design. I hope I can inspire others like me to gain the confidence they need in order to reach their dreams and desired goals,” said Emma.2022 Poster Design Contest Winner

The part-time student poster winner is Joshua Burgos from Camden County Technical Schools in New Jersey. 2022 is the second year a student from CCTS has won the contest.

 

The t-shirt contest winner is William C. Glass of West Hall High School in Oakwood, Georgia, class of 2023. Will comments, “I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism with Asperger’s Syndrome, and my gift is in graphic art and design. I want to study and learn new techniques to develop and produce fresh and exciting graphic art and design. Being surrounded by art and being a part of the creative process is my happy space.”

PGSF 2022 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner Will Glass

“Will has always been creative and highly involved in our West Hall High School Spartan print shop,” comments Caitlin Hickey, Glass’ graphic design teacher at West Hall High School. “I’ve had the pleasure of teaching him for two years now, and his design skill set has grown exponentially. Winning this competition and learning about PGSF has been incredibly beneficial for his future. We are so proud of him!”

Each contest winner receives $500 from PGSF. These funds benefit full-time students pursuing a career in graphic communications as well as employees currently working in the industry looking to obtain financial assistance to enroll in part-time classes and advance their careers. The t-shirt and posters will be produced and available at the 2022 Americas Print Show and Printing United. We will also showcase these throughout the year to promote scholarships available.

“PGSF would like to thank and acknowledge the high school and college educators from all over the country who include the poster and t-shirt competition in their lesson plans every year,” said Dianne Bullas, Director of Operations for PGSF.

Information on the 2022/23 PGSF poster and t-shirt competition will be emailed this fall and posted on the PGSF website. 

For information on scholarships, contests, grants, and ways to donate, visit 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. 

For More Details Contact: Dianne Bullas, Director of Operations | dianne.bullas@pgsf.org

PGSF Announces Retirement of Bernadine Eckert

Managing Director is being honored with a new Endowment

Pittsburgh, PA — September 20, 2022Bernadine (Bernie) Eckert, long time Bernie EckertManaging Director of the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) will be retiring in December 2022. Bernie 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.  

“It has been a privilege to work with Bernie and see firsthand how she has positively impacted so many people,” said Ted Straus, PGSF Board member and President /CEO of Suttle-Straus. “PGSF has truly benefitted from Bernie’s passion and dedication to the organization. Thank you, Bernie, for everything that you have done for PGSF!”

To honor Bernie’s extensive career with PGSF, an endowed scholarship in her name has been established. This will ensure that her memory endures for years to come throughout the Graphic Arts Industry, offering financial aid to students entering the Graphic Arts industry. The goal is to have it fully funded by the time she leaves the foundation in December 2022. 

PGSF calls on industry professionals, companies and others who might be alumni, previous scholarship recipients, and those who have benefited from the tireless work Bernie gave to the foundation to donate towards this effort. If you have hired previous scholarship beneficiaries or look to add younger individuals to your staff in the future, this is one-way organizations and individuals can show support and level up the opportunities into the future.  

The PGSF Staff and Board of Directors is honored to welcome donations of any size. This will ensure that her passion, enormous efforts, and Bernie’s name will continue in perpetuity to the benefit of students annually. 

To encourage participation, a generous benefactor has stepped up to match every $100 donation made in the fall of 2022 to help achieve required endowment levels.

Donations can be made at PGSF.org or by going directly to the Bernie Eckert Endowment PayPal page.  Those who would like send a check can mail it to the attention of Jeff White. PGSF Development Director, PO Box 15348, Pittsburgh PA 15237. Please note in the memo section that it is for Bernie’s Fund. You can also scan the QR code with your phone to learn more and donate.

Bernie Eckert Endowment Fundraising QR Code

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, as well as current employees in the industry. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice and to support students through their education process.

Contact:

Jeffrey White
Director of Development
412-608-2855
jeff.white@pgsf.org

www.pgsf.org

PGSF to Participate at Two Industry Events: Americas Print Show and Printing United

Pittsburgh, PA — June 8, 2022The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that it will be participating at two upcoming industry events: the Americas Print Show, taking place August 17-19 in Columbus, OH, and Printing United, October 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV.

Americas Print Show '22

At the Americas Print Show, PGSF will be at the workforce development area, booth 1741. The non-profit will be involved in the Student Day, Thursday, August 18th, which will include a tour of FSC-certified Hopkins Printing for educators, students, and their families. Printing United Expo

A similar tour is planned during Printing United, where PGSF will be at booth N1203. 

“We look forward to meeting with the community at the upcoming expos,” comments Dianne Bullas, Operations Director, PGSF. “As the print industry evolves, and products such as wall décor, carpets, and clothing are produced in addition to magazines and packaging, there is a career path opportunity for almost everyone. The industry is fueling jobs in finance, human resources, mechanics, IT, customer service, sales, marketing, safety, logistics, press operators and technicians, and more. It’s a great industry for learning and advancement.”

For more information, visit www.PGSF.org.

 

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 communications 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. 

 

Contact:

Jeff White

Director of Development, PGSF

jeff.white@pgsf.org

412-608-2855

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Jeff White, Director of Development at PGSF, and Joe Lyman, CEO of GLGA, join Deborah Corn to discuss aiding long-term student success, exciting new school programs and grants, exposing younger generations to the magic of the print industry – and how you can help!

Listen to this episode by searching for Podcasts From The Printerverse on your preferred podcast platform.

OR visit: https://podcasts.printmediacentr.com/supporting-students-with-jeff-white-pgsf-and-joe-lyman-glga/

 

PGSF Visits the Mariano Rivera Foundation

Mariano Rivera Foundation - Team

Mariano Rivera Foundation - ClassroomOn Feb 15, PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White, had the distinct pleasure of meeting with the students, staff, and mentors at Mariano Rivera’s school in Gainsville, Florida. This was an amazing opportunity to once again interact with many of the students who attended the EFI Connect Conference in January 2022. At this event, Mariano was the keynote speaker.

It was exciting to be able to see what a fine program has been developed to help a new generation of individuals learn more about the Graphic Arts industry, preparing them for choices in career direction and advancement. I was honored to share with them details about my 40+ year career in the industry. This helped the class further understand just how important print, packaging, and design are to all of us, every day –  and that print is everywhere!

Mariano Rivera Foundation - StairwellRead more in the latest edition of Printing News: https://www.printingnews.com/2022-03-printing-news

Learn about the foundation and how you can connect to the next generation of employees via the Mariano Foundation at their website: https://themarianoriverafoundation.org/center/

Endowment History – The Flint Ink Corporation

Established 2000

FlintGroup

The Flint Group is a manufacturing company with its headquarters in Luxembourg. Having a revenue of $2.3 billion and about 7,900 employees, Flint Group is one of the largest suppliers to the printing and packaging and labeling industries worldwide. Flint Group operates 180 sites in 40 countries across the globe. 

Flint Ink has chosen to support the entire industry by adopting general scholarship criteria for this endowment, instead of narrowing the criteria to its market niche. 

Flint Ink recognizes that by financially assisting bright and talented students’ educations, they are directly investing in the future workforce of the industry. This scholarship will assist in meeting the goals of qualified students pursuing a career in graphics communications or printing technology.

The Flint Ink Corporation Scholarship is part of our Gutenberg Society which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of $100,000 or more. 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.

PGSF Expands Team with Two Industry Veterans

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that Dianne Bullas and Dr. Debbie Bohan have joined the PGSF team. Bullas will serve as Operations Director and Bohan will take on the role of Administrative Director. Their goal is to help PGSF grow and reach more students who want to pursue a career in the graphic communications industry. Bullas and Bohan will work closely with Bernie Eckert, Managing Director, and Jeff White, Director of Development, as well as the PGSF board of directors.

Bernie Eckert Celebrates 20 Years

Bernie Eckert
Bernie Eckert

PGSF is also pleased to announce that industry veteran Bernie Eckert is celebrating her 20th year with the non-profit. Eckert has been an invaluable resource for PGSF and the students she works with on a daily basis.

“It’s an exciting time for PGSF and the graphic communications industry,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF. “We congratulate Bernie Eckert for her dedication to PGSF and commend her for the impact she’s had on the thousands of students who have received scholarships while she has been with the organization. We are also thrilled to add more seasoned experts to our team. Dr. Debbie Bohan and Dianne Bullas will be fundamental in helping our organization to meet the growing opportunities within the printing community.”

Meet our Expanded PGSF Team

Dianne Bullas
Dianne Bullas

Bullas’ primary role will be to reach out to industry leaders, colleges, universities, and technical schools to ensure that they are aware of the PGSF and how the organization can help students pursue an education in graphic communications.

Bullas’ career in the graphic communications industry spans 40+ years. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism and business. She worked in advertising sales for a small community newspaper and later moved into commercial printing where she held positions in operations and sales. Bullas spent 27 years with a commercial printer in Portland, OR, and was instrumental in growing the company, eventually becoming president.  

Debbie Bohan
Debbie Bohan

Bohan will manage the day-to-day operations for PGSF, including the scholarship application process and interactions with current and future award recipients. 

Bohan holds a BSc. and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. As a postdoctoral researcher, she coordinated large multidisciplinary investigations in the areas of health psychology, circadian rhythms, and medical genetics. Bohan has over 20 years of volunteer experience working with various school and youth athletic programs.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Bohan enjoys working with students and sharing her industry knowledge. She looks forward to interacting with students interested in pursuing a career in the graphic communications industry and sharing the many opportunities available in a market segment that is innovative and growing.  

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.