Pittsburgh, Pa., September 18, 2001 — Completing its annual scholarship selection process for the 2001-2002 academic year, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) has granted $301,000 in scholarships to a total of 226 students pursuing careers in the graphic communications industry.
I’d like to thank the generous organizations and individuals for investing in the future of our industry and educating the leaders and the decision-makers of tomorrow," said Lawrence C. Warter, PGSF chairman and director of new business development for Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc. in Hanover Park, Illinois. "We were able to give an average of $1,300 to encourage the brightest and best students to join our industry."
Most of PGSF’s students are majoring in a graphic communications program, while 85 are enrolled in more technical printing programs. Eight students hope to pass along their acquired knowledge as future technical instructors. The remaining six students will study miscellaneous programs. The recipients attend 85 different colleges and universities across the country.
PGSF awarded 117 of the scholarships to women and 109 to men. Of the 226 scholarship recipients, 124—over half—were first-time recipients of a PGSF scholarship. Fifty-six are freshmen, 51 sophomores, 69 juniors, and 50 seniors. Earlier in the year, PGSF awarded five fellowships for graduate students.
Carefully screened from over 1,500 applicants by a selection committee, this year’s recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and clearly defined goals for a career in the printing industry.
"PGSF received nearly 300 more applications for scholarships this year from last year. It grows more difficult to select from such a large group of talented and hard working students who apply for financial aid," said Warter. "Because of limited funds, PGSF denied assistance to more than 1,250 qualified and worthy students. The industry needs to rally to help these students, the cornerstones of our future, who have expressed an interest in our great industry."
For more information on scholarships or contributing to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation, please contact Bernadine Eckert, program administrator, at 200 Deer Run Road, Sewickley, PA 15143-2600; telephone 412-741-6860, ext. 309; fax 412-741-2311; or email [email protected]
Students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and intend on studying in an approved graphic communications or printing management program can obtain a scholarship application through PGSF’s Web page at www.gatf.org.