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Twenty-two students received $4,000 scholarships from the PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis and Art Schaefer, according to PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
PMMI has more than doubled its annual academic scholarship funds to $90,000 to reward students at two-year partner schools. To qualify for the scholarship, students are required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and plans for a career in packaging and processing machinery manufacturing, as well as a record of past awards and recognition and industry involvement through internship and career development opportunities.
“We award these scholarships to two-year students to promote the value of technical schools in closing the manufacturing skills gap by developing a qualified emerging workforce,” says Kate Fiorianti, education manager, PMMI. “These two-year schools are affordable, making cutting-edge technical training accessible to many, while offering more flexibility with internship and apprenticeship opportunities.”
Overall, the PMMI Foundation provides over $150,000 in academic scholarships each year to students studying packaging, food processing, engineering and mechatronics at over 40 partner schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since the scholarship program’s establishment, the PMMI Foundation has given over $2 million to students pursuing careers in the packaging and processing industries. Funds are raised through events like the PMMI Foundation Golf Tournament, the Amazing Packaging Race and the brand-new CareerLink @ PACK EXPO networking and interview event held this year at PACK EXPO International and the co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Oct. 14-17, Chicago).
The winners of the 2018 PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis and Art Schaefer are:
Faraeh Awale, Hennepin Technical College
Tolulope Awe, Reading Area Community College
Benjamin Bean, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Zane Burnett, Alexandria Technical and Community College
Jeremy Carlson, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Kalie Conner, Community College of Alleghany County
Jonathan Droneck, Hennepin Technical College
Austin Fitch, Community College of Alleghany County
Bill Goodridge, Central Piedmont Community College
Trent Holben, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Robert Howard, Central Community College
Danial Kilinski, Pennsylvania College of Technology
Andrew Lembeck, Hennepin Technical College
Macky Masalayinga, Central Piedmont Community College
Abigail Meredick, Pennsylvania Technical College
David Moroskie, Pennsylvania Technical College
Natalie Rhoades, Pennsylvania Technical College
Tyler Schmill, Pennsylvania Technical College
Henri Siyapdje, Community College of Alleghany County
Harle Smale, Pennsylvania Technical College
Matthew Witt, Hennepin Technical College
Jacob Gaspari, Central Community College
In addition to scholarships, PMMI U Connection offers several opportunities for students and young industry professionals to connect with PMMI member and CPG companies. Earlier this year, PMMI U Connection launched CareerLink, a new online job board where PMMI member companies can post entry-level job and internship positions for students and veterans to apply. Students from partner schools are also encouraged to attend PACK EXPO free of charge to see the industry in action and network with PMMI members and CPG companies.