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

2021 Poster and T-Shirt Design Contest Winners

Competition submissions triple in 2021; Winners share stories of student life during pandemic

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is proud to announce the winners of its 2021 poster and T-shirt design competitions. This year, PGSF received more than 200 entries for the poster competition and more than 130 for the T-shirt contest, representing a threefold increase over last year’s entries. 

The winner of the poster contest for full-time students is John Latham of SOWELA Technical Community College in Louisiana. The part-time student poster winner is Randy Jackson of Pennsauken Campus (Penn Tech) of Camden County Technical Schools in New Jersey. Regan VanderWall of OAISD Careerline Tech Center in Michigan was the unanimous winner of the T-shirt design contest.

Contest Winners

Each contest winner will receive $500 from PGSF. The T-shirt winner will also receive a free trip to the Printing United Expo in Orlando, October 2021. The poster designs will be printed live at the Expo. The files will also be made available for schools across the country to print and prominently display.

“We are thrilled with the response to this year’s poster and T-shirt design contests. We look forward to sharing the students’ enthusiasm with their peers at the upcoming Printing United Expo,” comments Jules Van Sant, Chair, PGSF.

Darrell Buck, ​​Assistant Master Instructor at SOWELA, comments on the challenges of 2020-2021, “This has been a challenging academic year for students across the country because of the pandemic. However, our students have had additional hardships caused by the natural disasters that have decimated Southwest Louisiana. In August of 2020, Hurricane Laura damaged Southwest Louisiana, and then 43 days later we were hit by Hurricane Delta. But through all of this, our students have stayed positive and resilient. They have dealt with a pandemic and destroyed homes while at the same time attending hybrid and online classes. Having a student win a national contest during all of this gives us a huge emotional boost and proves that our students can conquer anything.“

Jackson comments on his poster contest win, “It is an honor to be selected as a winner of the PGSF poster contest for 2021. The challenges that we all faced this year with school only makes it sweeter to be among the winners. While the odds were against me, I didn’t let that bring me down because you will never win a contest or in life if you don’t try. I look forward to applying for a PGSF scholarship in the future to help me attain my goals.”

VanderWall describes his opportunity to participate in the contest: “My interest in graphic design started at a young age with exposure to Photoshop through the digital scrapbooking my Mom did. After completing two graphic design classes in 8th grade and in junior year, I decided to continue exploring this field by attending our local trade school (Careerline Tech Center) during my senior year. The 2021 PGSF T-shirt contest was one of the available options for a project we did within that class. I chose to base my design around the idea of Pantone chips since they are universal in the graphics and the print worlds. Combining that concept with the careers and associated symbols creates not only a design that is fun and colorful but also one that’s wearable.” VanderWall adds, “I was delighted to receive the news that I had won and am super thankful to my teachers who supported me through this difficult school year.”

The design competition was entered by many classes and individual students that used the competition entry as a real working assignment. The 2021 T-shirt and poster designs will be used to promote the availability of scholarships for students pursuing a career in the graphic communication industry. 

For more information on how to apply for a scholarship, grant, or enter a contest, visit www.pgsf.org.