PMMI Foundation Awards Nearly $100K


PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, distributed nearly $100,000 last year through its foundation to advance the education of students with majors involving packaging, package design and package engineering at select colleges and technical schools across North America.

“This is the next generation of the processing and packaging workforce, and it’s important to invest in their future and support their desire to work in this industry,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI.

In 2014, PMMI Foundation funds were applied to several initiatives for students, including travel and educational scholarships and contest prizes. PMMI also set aside $40,000 for tuition reimbursement to support continuing education of PMMI member company employees.

Hundreds of Students Flocked to PACK EXPO 

PMMI provided $38,000 to help more than 900 students experience PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 last fall. In addition to student travel scholarships, PMMI provided booth space to packaging programs from: 

Alexandria Technical & Community College Rutgers University                  
California Polytechnic State University San Jose State University
Clemson University University of Cincinnati                    
Dunwoody College University of Florida
Hennepin Technical College University of Illinois
Michigan State University University of Wisconsin — Stout
Purdue University Calumet Virginia Tech
Reading Area Community College Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Rochester Institute of Technology  










During the PACK Solutions Challenge, a student contest at PACK EXPO sponsored by B&R Industrial Automation, teams of students were presented with a complex packaging problem and created solutions with the guidance of mentors from PMMI member companies. The winning teams received scholarship money, which they divided among their student members. 

First place: Rutgers University ($4,000)
Second place: Clemson University ($2,000)
Third place: University of Wisconsin — Stout ($1,000) 

Educational Scholarships

Each year, the PMMI Foundation facilitates the awarding of scholarships to eligible students at colleges and technical schools that partner with PMMI. In 2014 $42,500 was distributed:

Mark Garvey Scholarship

California Polytechnic State University student Patrick Salibi ($2,500)

Claude S. Breeden Scholarship

Funds totaling $34,000 were awarded to students at: Alexandria Technical & Community College, Central Community College-Columbus, Conestoga College-Craig Richardson Institute, Dunwoody College of Technology, Greenville Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Purdue University Calumet, Reading Area Community College and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

C. Glenn Davis Scholarship

Purdue University Calumet student ($1,000)

Art Schaefer Scholarship

Dunwoody College of Technology student ($1,500)

Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship

Alexandria Technical & Community College student Riley Samari ($2,000)

Enercon Industries’ Bill Zito Scholarship

University of Wisconsin — Stout student Oliver Ballinger ($1,500)

“Winning this means a lot to me and will help me continue and complete my packaging engineering degree,” Ballinger writes in a thank-you note to Enercon. “I look forward to what future opportunities can bring.”

Mark Plantier, vice president of marketing, Enercon Industries, says, “The Bill Zito Scholarship is one way Enercon gives back to the packaging community, supporting exemplary students preparing for a career in the packaging field.”

Application deadlines for several 2015 scholarships are in the spring. See for details.

For more information on PMMI’s scholarships, contact Cheri Wade, Education Program Assistant, at [email protected] or 571.612.3200. 

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows that includes PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28–30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015; EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO East 2017 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). PMMI owns the PMMI Media Group, a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for processing and packaging professionals, bringing together solution providers and end-users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands - Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Packaging + Processing OEM- are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. PMMI Media Group also produces The Automation Conference, an annual education and networking forum, taking place in Chicago each spring.

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Shana Marais
PR Manager