Pittsburgh, Pa., February 28, 2003 — John Berthelsen, president of Suttle-Straus, Inc. in Waunakee, Wisconsin, becomes the latest member of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation’s (PGSF) Print Heritage Society. The society honors individuals giving $25,000 to $49,999 to the industry’s only national scholarship effort. Berthelsen’s gift, to be awarded as a legacy bequest, will establish an endowed scholarship fund in his name.
“One of three core principles at Suttle-Straus is to attract and maintain an outstanding workforce of skilled and dedicated employees,” says Berthelsen. “Assisting students with their education through PGSF is a practical application of this principle.”
The John R. Berthelsen Scholarship endowed fund will provide an estimated $500 each year to a student who meets PGSF’s criteria of pursuing a career in the graphic communications industry as a full-time undergraduate and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Stating that he wanted to return something to an industry that he loves and which has provided a rewarding career for him, Berthelsen also personalized his scholarship criteria to reflex his career path. Preference for the scholarship will be given to a dependent of a Suttle-Straus employee, a student attending a two-year college or technical school, or a student residing or attending school in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or South Dakota.
Berthelsen first became interested in printing while taking a graphic arts course in junior high school. He began working for a small printing operation in his sophomore year, and started his own printing company in his junior year. As a senior, he competed in the VICA National Skill Olympics, winning first place honors for 1972. Following graduation, he worked for printers in Minnesota and South Dakota. He came to Suttle Press in Madison, Wisconsin as the general manager in 1979. He became president in 1981 and purchased an ownership position in 1985. In 2001, he bought the Straus printing company and the organization was renamed Suttle-Straus, Inc.
Today Suttle-Straus, Inc. has over 170 employees and generates more than $25 million annually in sales. The company has been recognized as one of the leading printers in the country through a number of awards, culminating in being placed in the NAPL Hall of Fame in 1990. It has also been recognized as a “Top Fifty Fastest Growing” printer six times, and a Best Workkplace in America three times.
“A demonstrated leader in today’s business world, John has taken a greater step to become a leader in the future of the industry,” remarked Ted Ringman, vice president of development for PGSF. “John’s generosity and forethought will not only assist many students throughout the years, but help the industry by encouraging bright students to enter our industry.”
For information regarding tax-deductible contributions or establishing a scholarship through PGSF—the only national scholarship effort for the printing industry—please contact Ted Ringman, by phoning 800/910-GATF extension 314, or by directly emailing him at [email protected]
PGSF is a nonprofit organization.
PGSF is now taking applications for scholarships for the 2003-2004 academic year. The deadline is April 1, 2003. Interested students may download an application or email [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.