Pittsburgh, Pa., January 21, 2002 — Ted C. Ringman, recently named vice president of development for the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), has become the latest member of PGSF’s Gutenberg Society. The society honors companies, groups, and individuals that have given gifts of $100,000 or more. With this new gift, PGSF will establish its 100th endowed scholarship for young men and women pursuing a career in the graphics communications industry.
Joining PGSF in July 2001, Mr. Ringman was part of the scholarship selection committee that granted $314,000 in scholarships to a total of 226 students for the 2001-2002 academic year. He said, "PGSF received over 1,500 scholarship applications, nearly 300 more applications than last year. It grows more difficult to select from such a large group of talented and hard working students who apply for financial aid. Because of limited funds, PGSF denied assistance to more than 1,250 qualified and worthy students. I’m proud to be a part of the effort to help these students, the cornerstones of our future, who have expressed an interest in our great industry."
A demonstrated industry leader and seasoned industry veteran, Mr. Ringman was brought aboard by PGSF to assist in its Campaign for the 21st Century. Three top-tiered levels of giving have been established: the Print Heritage Society, honoring gifts of $25,000–$49,999; the Senefelder Society, honoring gifts of $50,000–$99,999; and the Gutenberg
Society, honoring gifts of $100,000 or more. Mr. Ringman is the fourteenth member of the Gutenberg Society. Since launching the campaign in November 1999, PGSF has received over $1.5 million in new pledges.
Although PGSF receives many annual scholarship funds, one of the goals of the Campaign for the 21st Century is to raise the number of endowed scholarships. The return on Mr. Ringman’s endowment, which will be bequeathed to PSGF, will award an estimated $7,000 scholarship each year to a bright student wanting to enter the industry.
"I believe greatness can be accomplished in numbers," says Mr. Ringman. "Small and large printers alike, manufacturers and suppliers, as well as organizations and individuals need to band together to assist interested young people in receiving the proper education to further the field and the success of individual facilities. The lack of qualified employees is an industry-wide problem that can only be resolved if everyone lends a helping hand."
For information regarding tax-deductible contributions or establishing a scholarship through PGSF—the only national scholarship effort for the printing industry—please contact Mr. Ringman by phoning 800/910-GATF extension 314, or by directly e-mailing him at [email protected]
PGSF is a nonprofit organization.
Applications for scholarships for the 2002-2003 academic year are due April 1, 2002. Interested students may download an application or e-mail [email protected]
For more information, contact Bernadine Eckert, PGSF program administrator, at 200 Deer Run Road, Sewickley, PA 15143-2600; telephone 412-741-6860, ext. 309; fax 412-741-2311.