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2012 Distributions from PMMI Education & Training Foundation Total Close to $100,000

February 20, 2013

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2012 Distributions from PMMI Education & Training Foundation Total Close to $100,000


Reston, Va.; Feb. 20, 2013 — The PMMI Education & Training Foundation distributed nearly $100,000 in 2012 to help students and member company employees improve their knowledge and skills, says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI.

“This is an effort that gives back to the packaging and processing industry, ” Yuska says. “But it’s equally accurate to say the Foundation is ‘paying it forward,’ by laying the groundwork for an ever-improving workforce.”

The PMMI Education & Training Foundation raises the funds for scholarships through its biennial Golf Tournament, held in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas, and through the yearly Packaging Hall of Fame Reception, also a PACK EXPO event.

Funds support three categories of scholarships, Yuska notes:

  • Academic scholarships, including those presented as prizes to the top three teams in the Student Packaging Solution Contest at PACK EXPO;
  • Travel scholarships for students and educators attending PACK EXPO; and
  • Tuition reimbursement for qualified member employee education.

Foundation Brings Students to PACK EXPO

In 2012, PMMI Education & Training Foundation supported travel to PACK EXPO for 170 students and faculty from PMMI partner schools, and helped fund scholarships awarded as prizes in the fourth annual PMMI Student Packaging Solutions Contest (sponsored by B& R Industrial Automation).

Students on each of the top three teams shared the prize money: University of Florida (first place, $4,000); University of Wisconsin–Stout (second place, $2,000); and Cal Poly State University (third place, $1,000). Purdue University at Calumet; Rutgers University; San Jose State University; and Conestoga College also participated in the competition.

$75,000 Presented for Academic Awards

PMMI offers PACK EXPO booth space at no charge to all PMMI partner schools. In addition, through the Foundation’s various scholarship and grant programs, PMMI offered nearly $75,000 in scholarships to students at these PMMI partner schools:

Scholarship & Criteria

Total Awarded in 2012

Recipient School

Mark Garvey Scholarship


University of Illinois

Claude Breeden Scholarships

For students in community colleges and technical school programs that train mechanics and technicians to work with packaging machinery.


Alexandria Technical College
Central Community College Columbus (Neb.)
Conestoga College
Dunwoody College of Technology
Greenville Technical College
Hennepin Technical College
Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC)
Purdue University – Calumet
Reading Area Community College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

C. Glenn Davis Scholarship

Awarded since 2002, and created to honor the memory of C. Glenn Davis and his extensive work with technical schools and two-year scholarships.


Central Community College (Columbus, Neb.)

A.R. (Art) Schaefer Scholarship

The PMMI Education & Training Foundation administers this scholarship for students at two-year technical schools who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the packaging industry.


Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College


Members Benefit from Tuition Reimbursement

The breadth of PMMI Education & Training Foundation support extends to the membership, with more than $23,900 distributed to assist PMMI member companies with their continuing education efforts for employees in 2012. The funds benefited 52 employees at 25 PMMI member companies.

PMMI members are encouraged to explore the PMMI Member Employee Tuition Reimbursement Benefit, and there’s additional information for educators and students interested in taking advantage of PMMI scholarship programs under the Education tab at For additional details on these or any PMMI Education and Workforce Development initiatives, or contact Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI: or 703.243.8555.

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PMMI is a trade association representing 600+ packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through its various programs including: The PACK EXPO family of trade shows, PACK EXPO Connected Communities,, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events, educational programs and more. 
PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, EXPO PACK Mexico and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. oming Up: EXPO PACK Guadalajara, Feb. 27–March 1, 2013, in Guadalajara, Mexico; EXPO PACK México, June 18-21, 2013, in Mexico City; PACK EXPO Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, September 23–25, 2013, and PACK EXPO International 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 2–5, 2014. 
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