Endowment History – The Time Inc. Production Scholarship

Established in 2000

Time Inc production scholarshipTime Inc. was an American worldwide mass media corporation founded in 1922, by Henry Luce and Briton Hadden and based in New York City. It owned and published over 100 magazine brands, including its namesake Time, Sports Illustrated, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Fortune, People, InStyle, Life, Golf Magazine, Southern Living, Essence, Real Simple, and Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. also co-operated over 60 websites and digital-only titles including MyRecipes, Extra Crispy, TheSnug, HelloGiggles, and MIMI.

In 1990, Time Inc. merged with Warner Communications to form the media conglomerate Time Warner. This merger lasted until the company was spun off in 2014, going public under the ticker TIME. In 2017, competing publisher and media company Meredith Corporation announced that it would acquire Time Inc. for $2.8 billion. The acquisition was completed in 2018.

Time Inc.’s continuing commitment to printing and graphic arts is reflected in its sponsorship of this scholarship and is only one part of an effort to encourage widespread commitment to the graphic arts field by a new generation of young professionals.

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The Time Inc. Production 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 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 – Guy Gecht Scholarship

Guy Gecht Scholarship Was Established in 2018

Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) is an international company based in Silicon Valley that specializes in digital printing technology. The Scholarship was created by EFI in honor of visionary print technology executive and industry leader Guy Gecht. 

Guy Gecht

About Guy

After serving nearly 19 years as the company’s leader, Gecht retired as CEO in 2018. He was the rare visionary who had the ability to drive innovation, change direction when needed, and find new ways to create business success. In his time with EFI, he also showed extraordinary skill in inspiring and empowering those working for him to succeed and lead. 

Fitting Tribute

EFI Establishes Guy Gecht Scholarship with PGSF

Establishing this scholarship in Guy’s name is a fitting tribute to him and will encourage and support promising students destined to be future leaders and innovators in print. This scholarship will present up to $2,000 annually to a student studying in a graphics communications program at a technical school, college or university within the United States. Supply chain partners, companies and individuals can contribute to the endowment by making direct contributions to PGSF in Gecht’s name

The Guy Gecht Scholarship is part of our Print Heritage group of endowments which is 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 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 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/

Gravure AIMCAL Alliance – February Newsletter

The Gravure AIMCAL Alliance is a partner in all things PGSF. We are pleased to share some highlights from their February 2022 Newsletter, featuring College Outreach, Career Days, and More!

Read all here https://gaa.org/news/

Keeping the Printing/Converting Industry as a viable career option for the next generations!

University and College Gravure Day: This program helps students understand all the industry segments that use the Gravure process and provides awareness of all the careers in printing and converting. Interested in holding a “Gravure Day?” Email info@gaa.org, subject line: “Gravure Day.”

Clemson GC Spring 2022 Internship & Career Fair

The Graphic Communications Department will be hosting its next, twice-annual Internship & Career Fair on March 7-8 at Clemson University. If you have an upcoming internship or full-time position to fill, this is a great opportunity to get in front of more than 200 graphic-arts students, and the graduating class at a reception the evening before the main event, to recruit top talent.

Internships & Careers (clemson.edu)

Career-Snapshots Helping Students with Career Discovery.

Career-Snapshots www.career-snapshots.com is a tool that came out of necessity from the COVID-19 pandemic to give high-school students a way to virtually do career exploration and awareness. Mike Realon, Career & Community Development Coordinator at Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC, working with industry volunteers, built the Career-Snapshots tool. The site has received 2.3 million hits since its launch one year ago. The link was spread through the CMS school district and is being passed across the Carolinas and beyond.

In an effort to promote careers in printing/converting and related industries, the Gravure AIMACL Alliance and other associations were asked to invite members to contribute a video. A career video is simply a way to tell students how you found your career, how you learned (apprenticeship, certificate, degree), why you like it and a potential salary range. There are easily 10 careers associated with printing/converting (Prepress, Graphic Design, Production, Inks/Substrates, Finishing, Inspection, Package Design, and so on.) Please visit the CS and pass it on. If interested in contributing a video, go to www.career-snapshots.com, click the “Contribute” tab or email tdoanto@gaa.org.

Endowment History – The Flint Ink Corporation

Established 2000

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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 Opens Annual Poster Design Competition

Winners to Receive $500 Prize

Winning posters to be displayed in schools across the United States

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is holding its annual poster design competition to promote the hundreds of college scholarships it offers students yearly. The winning posters will be showcased in schools across the United States, and contest winners will receive a plaque to display in their schools. Two winning entrants will each receive a $500 check, an award certificate, and recognition in PGSF’s promotional materials.

Educators are encouraged to offer the design competition as a real-world working assignment.  High school and college students are invited to visit PGSF.org/2022-poster-design-contest to submit poster designs by June 1, 2022. Contest winners will be notified before June 30th.

“Each year PGSF dispenses over 200 scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $5,000, and we are asking students to design a poster to promote these award opportunities. We encourage communities all around the U.S. to connect with the schools, especially on social media, to share information about this design contest as well as careers in the graphics industry,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF. 

Recent Contest Winners

​​The 2021 winner of the poster contest for full-time students was John Latham, a student at SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana. ​​Randy Jackson, a student at Camden County Technical School in New Jersey, was the winner for the part-time student poster.

Abigail Carter of Mattoon High School won the 2020 design contest thanks to graphic arts teacher Laura Roberts, who offered the design project as a school assignment.  

Design entries must meet the following standards:

  1. They must place a strong emphasis on the availability of scholarships.
  2. They must prominently display:
    • the PGSF name and logo;
    • the scholarship application due date of May 1, 2023; and
    • PGSF contact information: PGSF.org, contact@pgsf.org.

Visit PGSF.org/2022-poster-design-contest for more information. For questions or assistance, email dianne.bullas@pgsf.org or call 866-556-7473.

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. 

I’m Not Anyone – A Story of Reinvention and Acceptance

Roger Gimbel, who served on the PGSF board for many years and has an endowed scholarship with PGSF, has just published I’m Not Anyone – A Story of Reinvention and Acceptance, a paperback book available on Amazon.  Generously, Roger is donating all of the proceeds from the sale of this book to PGSF.  Below is the synopsis – purchase your copy today and support the foundation!

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FROM THE BACK COVER

PGSF Gimbel

Roger P. Gimbel, EDP is a well-known entrepreneur and business executive in the commercial print industry. He assumed management of the family business, Gimbel & Associates, expanded it, and had it taken from him. Over the course of his career, he’s experienced many ups and downs; some of them humorous, others heart-breaking.

I’m Not Anyone is the colorful story of a man who endured a big business disappointment, regained his sense of worth, and became an innovative and inspiring influencer.

The book is filled with interesting anecdotes and provides a glimpse into the evolution of the printing business from the 1960s until today.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

This book covers over 50 years in the life of Roger P. Gimbel, EDP. He’s now the president of consulting firm Gimbel & Associates, but he started his business career working in his father’s print shop. The events that steered his life, and sometimes changed his trajectory, are related in “I’m Not Anyone” through amusing and interesting anecdotes and stories.

Coming of age in the turbulent late sixties had an influence on Roger’s life as he attempted to balance his interest in becoming a successful business executive with the counterculture attitudes of the time. He managed to start and expand his company while simultaneously enjoying life to its fullest. Readers will learn how he foresaw an increase in demand for quick-turnaround duplication and copying and set up his business to take advantage of new technology in the printing industry, eventually running operations for the family printing company following his father’s death.

Success and a growing reputation attracted business from big enterprises like JC Penney and AT&T. Demands for rapidly produced high volumes of print inspired Roger to work with his contacts at industry-leading vendors like Xerox to develop or evaluate new technology sorely needed in the world of printing. Things were going well. Then he made a decision that seemed right at the time but eventually caused him to leave the print production business. With no Plan B, Roger Gimbel had to reinvent himself on the fly.

Interspersed with a digital printing chronicle are stories about sailing, reality TV, unscrupulous business associates, celebrities, and even gangsters! Readers will learn about the print industry’s evolution while being entertained by Roger’s stories and adventures.

Personal development, drive, and ambition are also part of the story, all wrapped in tales of business trends and developments. Anyone interested in the printing business will enjoy this book, but it also appeals as an engrossing biography of one of the most interesting people in any industry.

CLICK HERE to purchase on AMAZON!

 

Asking for Letters of Recommendation

Letter of Recommendation

As part of your Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) application, we would like two (2) letters of recommendation. A letter of recommendation helps us get a sense of who you are beyond your transcripts and personal statement. A teacher or employer can tell us about your unique personal assets, the talent or drive that you will bring to the table as a scholarship winner. 

Whom to Ask

An effective recommendation will come from someone who knows you well and can address your strengths and personal character. If you are a student applying for a scholarship, ask a teacher, coach, or guidance counselor with whom you have a good rapport. Choose a teacher in whose class you performed well or a coach who had high praise for your teamwork or leadership. As a high school student, you will probably want to ask someone from your junior or senior year because they will recall recent interactions.

If you are an employee asking for a letter of recommendation, be sure to ask a supervisor or manager. You can also ask a colleague from work or a professional organization. These people will know your day-to-day performance and should be able to attest to your passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for the printing and graphic communication industries.

How to Ask

Although all we need from you is an email address for each of your recommenders, you should ensure that contact from PGSF doesn’t come as a surprise. Set up a short meeting or schedule a time during office hours to ask for a letter of recommendation in person. 

Give the person you want to engage details about the scholarship you are seeking and the organization awarding it. (Feel free to send them to www.pgsf.org for more information as well.) Let them know your interest in pursuing a career in printing and graphic communications. Confirm that it is okay to share their email address with us. Finally, make sure to tell them the application deadline. (For 2022, it’s May 1st.)

When to Ask

Be sure to give the person enough time to write, refine, and submit their letter of recommendation. Most guidelines say to make your request at least two months before the due date. Remember, teachers and guidance counselors will have many requests for recommendation letters as college applications are being submitted, so be sure not to rush them.  For those in the professional field, a three-week lead time is suggested.

A week or two before the letters are due, follow up with a reminder or inquiry into the progress of their submission.

What to Do Once You’ve Asked

The most important thing to remember once someone has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for you – they are doing you a favor. Sending a thank you card or email after it’s submitted is the expected etiquette. At this time, you can also ask for a copy of the letter. Finally, circle back with your advocates after you hear about your scholarship award. If they have recommended you, you can be sure they are interested in your success and will want to know the results of your application.