PGSF Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2023–2024 Academic Year

The annual program is open to full- or part-time students pursuing secondary education in the graphics communications industry.

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The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that it’s accepting scholarship applications for the 2023–2024 academic year. PGSF provides scholarships to individuals interested in an education and a career in the graphic communications industry. The 2023–2024 scholarship application period runs from November 1, 2022, to May 1, 2023. The online application can be found under the student’s tab at pgsf.org.

PGSF’s goal is to attract individuals to the graphic communications industry and to inform them of the wide variety of career opportunities available. The organization awards scholarships to high school seniors or students already enrolled in a post-secondary program, as well as to individuals who are currently employed by a graphic communications company and are seeking additional education.This is the fourth consecutive year that PGSF is offering scholarships to part-time students.

“We strive to help students pursuing an education in the graphics communications industry, and we’re excited to offer scholarships to those already in the workforce for the fourth year in a row. It’s a valuable resource to employers and employees looking to expand and grow within their organization,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF.

Scholarship applications are evaluated during May and June, and recipients will be notified in July and August of 2023.

Full-Time Applications

The following requirements are necessary for full-time students to be considered by the selection committee:1.            Application submitted by May 1, 2023.2.            Two recommendations.3.            Official transcripts or a copy (must be submitted online with the application).4.            3.0 GPA or better.5.            Full-time status (12 or more credits per term).6.            Enrolled in a printing or graphics program at a technical school, college, or university within the United States.7.            The student must be pursuing a career in printing technology, printing management, graphic communications, packaging, or publishing.

Part-Time Applications

Individuals who are currently employed by a graphic communications company and are seeking additional, part-time secondary education are encouraged to apply for a PGSF scholarship. To be considered, applicants must be confirmed by their employer by May 1, 2023. The employer must be in the graphic communications industry, either as a service provider or as a supplier to the industry. The applicant must also intend to continue a career in graphic communications, printing technology, printing management, packaging, or publishing.

No transcripts or GPA are required for the initial application unless the student is currently enrolled in a program; however, to be considered for scholarship renewal, the recipient must achieve and maintain a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA. Grades are to be submitted upon completion of coursework and sent to PGSF when requested.

Scholarships for part-time applicants may be awarded for online-only programs. The application must indicate the program of study the applicant plans on taking, the number of credits per term and the expected cost. This information will be used to establish the amount of any award.

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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.

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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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

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 – Stanley Freimuth Scholarship/ FUJIFILM USA, Inc.

Established 2001

This scholarship was established to honor Stanley Freimuth, Chief Operation Officer of Fuji Photo Film, USA, Inc., Graphics Systems Division. Stan joined Fuji in 1983 as national sales and marketing manager and was promoted to division manager, general manager, vice president, senior vice president, and president of the company’s Graphic Arts Products Division and president of the Industrial Imaging Marketing Groups, before his appointment as COO in 2001.

Prior to joining Fuji, Stan served in various functions at Pako Corporation, with his final position as director of graphic arts for that company. He is past chairman of NPES. Freimuth established Fuji as a major vendor to the U.S. printing industry and revolutionized product distribution channels to that marketplace. He  holds a B.S. degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an M.B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.

The Stanley Freimuth Scholarship is part of our Senefelder group of endowments which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of over $50,000-99,999. 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 – 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.