PMMI Foundation Awards Six Outstanding Students with $5,000 PACK EXPO Scholarships


Herndon, Va.; September 11, 2023 – The PMMI Foundation, the charitable foundation of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced the recipients of its PACK EXPO scholarships. Recognizing the exceptional talents and aspirations of six outstanding students from North American colleges and universities, the PMMI Foundation awarded each student a $5,000 academic scholarship.

"PMMI is dedicated to supporting the next generation of talent and fostering the growth of the packaging and processing workforce," says Jim Pittas, president and CEO of PMMI. "Through the support of our sponsors and partners, we are able to provide crucial resources that drive our industry forward. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for their generosity, which fuels our collective progress and innovation."

Each year, the PMMI Foundation provides academic scholarships to students studying packaging, food processing, engineering, and mechatronics. Since its inception in 1998, the PMMI Foundation has given more than $2.8 million to strengthen the workforce within the packaging and processing industry. 

To qualify for the $5,000 individual scholarship, students must excel in their academics with a major in engineering, packaging, processing, mechatronics, or a related field and demonstrate a commitment to the industry.

•    Haleigh Gartner, Clemson University, Packaging Science
•    Julianne Hom, California Polytechnic State University, Packaging Value Chain
•    Marissa Rupert, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Automation and Engineering: Mechatronics
•    Caden Sand, Alexandria Technical and Community College, Mechatronics
•    Jeffrey Santos, Hennepin Technical College, Automation and Robotics Engineering Technology
•    Sierra Seton, Toronto Metropolitan University, Graphic Communications Management

For more information about the PMMI Foundation and its scholarship programs, visit

About the PMMI Foundation

The PMMI Foundation, a charitable foundation of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, supports packaging and processing education. Its mission is to attract, develop, and retain a workforce for the packaging and processing industry. The Foundation works to raise funds and aid education programs across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

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