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PGSF Gives Scholarship Opportunities to Industry Professionals for Continuing Education 

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Visual & Print Technology Week in January 2021 to Showcase Resources Available for Career Advancement

Pittsburgh, PA — December 1, 2020 — The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities to professionals in the graphics communications industry for the second consecutive year. Scholarships are available to individuals who are currently employed by a graphic communications company and are seeking education on a part-time basis. Click here to start an online application for enrollment. PGSF’s 2021–2022 scholarship application period runs from November 1, 2020, to May 1, 2021. To apply for a scholarship, applicants must be confirmed by their employer by May 1, 2021. The employer must be in the graphic communications industry, either as a service provider or as a supplier to the industry. The applicant must also intend to continue a career in graphic communications, printing technology, printing management, or publishing. The PGSF scholarship application must indicate the courses the applicant plans on taking and their costs, which will be used to establish the amount of an award. Scholarship applications are evaluated during May and June, and recipients will be notified in July and August of 2021.

Workforce Programs to Advance the Graphic Communications Industry

PGSF scholarship applicants are encouraged to attend the upcoming Visual & Print Technology Week taking place January 18-22, 2021. Hosted by the Graphics Communication Workforce Coalition, this virtual program will provide an opportunity for the current workforce, as well as high-school students, to learn about the value of graphic technologies and the opportunities for career development within the industry. Members of PGSF will be available during the virtual event to answer any questions about scholarship opportunities and career development.

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Interview Contest Winner Abigail Carter

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Mattoon High School Student Abigail Carter Wins PGSF Poster AND T-Shirt Design Contest

By: Cary Sherburne (
Each year the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation conducts poster and t-shirt design contests, accepting submissions from students around the country that are pursuing a career in graphic communications or related field at a U.S. technical school or college. The winner of the poster contest is awarded a prize of $500, given an award certificate and honored in a national news release. The winner of the t-shirt design contest will receive a trip to PRINTING United, an award certificate, recognition in a national press release, and thanks to the generosity of sponsors Ryonet, a t-shirt press. In 2020, one student won in both categories amidst 70+ entries independently judged by 15 judges. Abigail Carter, a high school junior at Mattoon High School in Franklin, Illinois, was the student that achieved this unique honor. Her T-shirt design will be placed in production at PRINTING United and used to promote the careers possible in graphics, availability of scholarships through PGSF, and/or how graphic communications fit into today’s world. Shirts are also sold, with proceeds going to the Foundation. In addition, her  will be displayed in schools across the United States in the 2020-2021 school year. “My Graphic Arts teacher, Mrs. [Laura] Roberts, received a packet of information from PGSF and told the class that we could spend class time on entries once we finished assigned school work,” Carter explained. “I wasn’t really expecting to win, and was shocked when they picked me twice!” Carter explains that she used CMY process colors as her inspiration and wanted to show off all the things that are possible in a graphics career. “I decided for the T-shirt to use a brain kind of thing, showing all the ways you can be involved in this industry,” she says. “My teacher suggested using a wordle [word cloud] inside the figure. I had to look that up, and once I did, I thought it would be a cool way to show careers and printing methods without making it feel too clustered and condensed. I also wanted both the T-shirt and poster to match a little, but not be exactly the same. Kind of like, cool, look at these scholarships; they will blow your mind. And all the available opportunities will make your head explode.” Carter reports that she knew as a freshman in high school that she wanted to go into the graphic arts program, but couldn’t do so till she was a junior. “I have always liked art,” she says. “I’m not particularly tech-y, but I do art on the computer as well. I thought it might be a fun class, and when I finally got to take it, I fell in love with it.” Roberts added, “Abigail is a very strong student, and we are thrilled that she received this recognition, for her and for our program. We will be looking for great things from her in the future!” The program uses Adobe design software, including Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign and Premier; has two screen printing devices (4- and 6-color), a Xerox ColorQube printer, a guillotine cutter and a shrink wrap machine among other resources. The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a not-for-profit, private, graphics industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college and technical school scholarships and graduate fellowship assistance to talented men and women interested in graphic communications careers. Recipients include full time students as well as those working who seek additional education in the industry. The purpose of the organization is to connect interested students, those currently working who seek additional training, present & past recipients, donors, educators, and industry professionals with PGSF, as well as discuss issues and ideas for the greater Print and Graphic Communications industry.

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2020 PGSF Poster Design & T-Shirt Competition Winners

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 The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is proud to announce the winners of its 2020 Poster and T-Shirt Design competitions. This year there were over 70 entries for the poster group and over 50 for the T-Shirt contest.  The winner of the Poster Contest for Full-Time students is Abigail Carter who attends Mattoon High School in Illinois. The winner for the part-time student poster is Allyson Randa, a student currently attending Waubonsee Community College in Illinois.  Our T-Shirt winner is also Abigail Carter whose design was selected overwhelmingly by our judging panel.  The second-place winner for the T-Shirt competition is Mandana Yaghini of Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo California . Due to the high number of entries this year in our poster contest, we have decided to also have a 2nd place winner in the Poster contest and that person is Tamari Kevlishvili, a student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College located in Green Bay Wisconsin. These posters and the T-Shirts will be used to promote the availability of scholarships for students pursuing a career in graphic communication industry. The first-place winning entries are below: *Full-Time Poster, Part-Time Poster Winner, T-Shirt Winner The Poster design competition was entered by many classes and individual students that used the competition entry as a real working assignment.  Abigail’s Graphic Arts Teacher at Mattoon High School, Laura Roberts, gives all her students opportunities to compete in real-world competitions.  “It is important that we educate students on various vocational trades that are in high demand.  Many high schools no longer offer vocational classes. I am happy to educate and inspire Graphic communications to our high school students giving them a viable career path in higher education.  2020 has definitely demonstrated the flexibility and possibilities creating endless opportunities for students in this ever-changing field.” The winning entrants for the poster received a $500 check and second place received a $250 check, each will also receive an award certificate, and national recognition by news release. The posters will be produced at this year’s Printing United Show in Atlanta by Ricoh and the files will also be made available for others to print and distribute.  “At Ricoh, we have always made our mission clear: to create and grow alliances within our industry to help us all move forward successfully,” said Heather Poulin, Vice President, Marketing, Commercial and Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “That growth, along with new innovation and ideas come from talented, innovative students, up and coming into the workforce. By supporting the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation, our goal is to reward these students’ hard work and encourage them to consider careers in our industry by demonstrating the value, passion, and impact of print.” The T-Shirt winner receives a free trip to the Printing United Show where their design will be produced by Ryonet on the show floor.  Thanks to Ryonet®|Allmade®, ROQ, and Sanmar, the first-place winner will also receive a Semi-Pro 4 Color Screen Printing Kit by Ryonet(valued at $2000).  The second place winner receives a DIY PRINT SHOP Original T-Shirt Screen Printing Kit (value $250). Currently, more than two hundred college students attending some 90 schools are receiving financial assistance through PGSF. However, many more deserving scholarship applicants are turned down due to lack of funds. For copies of the poster, information regarding tax-advantaged contributions, establishing a scholarship through PGSF, or scholarship applications, contact Bernie Eckert, PGSF managing director  at 412-259-1740 or  You can also visit the website for more details about the Foundation at

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Attracting Valuable Employees

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Jeff White, the new Director of Development for the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation speaks to Thayer Long, President of The Association for Print Technologies about what it takes to be successful at attracting and retaining new, highly skilled employees into the Graphic Arts business. This continued pipeline is needed for them to compete with other media and expand their business and remain profitable. Listen now

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GCWC Announces Website and Design Competition

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The Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition (GCWC) has made significant progress in the past several months since it was first organized. Membership currently consists of nearly 50 organizations from across all spectrums of the industry and the country. The group consists of concerned associations, educators, and industry representatives who are uniting to address a key industry concern. As stated in its organizing documents, “The purpose of the coalition will be to coordinate the efforts of all organizations representing the broad scope of the graphic communications industry for creating awareness, recruitment of new people into the industry, providing a framework for apprenticeship and training programs, and the retention of the existing workforce. By combining the separate efforts, experiences and initiatives of various organizations, coordinating actions and the sharing of ideas and resources, it is expected that all will benefit.” Website GCWC’s website has now gone live with basic information and a list of current members. Those interested can access it at This site is intended to be a compilation of resources for the industry, therefore the GCWC Board of Directors is very excited to announce that soon the site will contain information on the “Print Is Everywhere” campaign and a model apprenticeship program, both of which are in final stages of development. Logo Design Competition In an effort to reach out to young people interested in a career in graphic communications and a desire to have a brand that will attract the younger generation, a student design contest has been announced to create a logo for GCWC. Information on this contest, which has a first-place scholarship award of $1000, is being sent to educators and schools across the country. It is also accessible on the new website. Be a Part of Industry Collaboration Membership is open to interested parties representing the continuum of the graphic communications industry. This includes associations, vendors to the industry, educational institutions, and all areas of print and graphic communications service providers. Those interested in participating are encouraged to use the website “Join Us” page to sign on. There is no cost to join, only the desire to participate in the process. GCWC is actively seeking service providers, educational institutions and industry vendors to both its membership and to represent their constituencies on the board. GCWC chair Judy Durham (APTech) stated “We are making significant progress in addressing this key industry concern. This effort has wide support and we expect that significant action will be the result of our efforts.”   For more information, or to answer any questions about GCWC please contact Judy at or secretary John Berthelsen at or 608-575-3904.

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Be a Donor and Be A Winner!

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Roll the Dice - Support Scholarships

Donate to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation during the months of December and January and you will automatically be entered to win airline tickets, a weekend in Las Vegas and other outstanding prizes. Scroll down for details and contest rules.

Every $100 in contributions will give you one entry A $1000 donation will get you TEN chances to win!

Big thank you to co-sponsor EFI for supporting our fundraising efforts!

What Can You Win?

Wynn Las Vegas Theatre Weekend

A 3-day/2-night stay in a Deluxe Resort room at Wynn Las Vegas along with two complimentary tickets to the Le Reve– The Dream show in the Wynn Theatre. This is a $900 value. Expires 2/1/21.

Airline Travel Certificate

Two complimentary round trip airfares to any continental U.S. domestic destination of your choice. From Direct Travel, Western region. Expires 12/31/2020. Potential value of $900.

Dream Racing

Receive one, five (5) lap driving experience in the Porsche Cayman Race Car, exclusively at Dream Racing in Las Vegas. A $350 value - Expires 12/31/21.

Apple iPad

New Apple iPad 10.2 inch with Wi-Fi and 128GB memory. Value of $450.

Connect 2021 Registration

Complimentary registration for the EFI Connect conference in Las Vegas. Includes a Wynn room upgrade. A $1300 value good for 2021 conference only.

Contest rules
  1. All donations to PGSF made from December 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020 are eligible.
  2. For every $100 in contributions the donor’s name will be entered in the drawing for prizes. (Example: A $500 donation receives five entries in the drawing.)
  3. Drawing will take place in February and winners will be notified at that time.
  4. PGSF is a 501(c)3 charity and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by the IRS.
  5. Prizes have no cash value and it is up to the winner to complete arrangements with the prize sponsor.
  6. Transportation to and from Las Vegas is not included with any of the prizes.
  7. Employees of PGSF are not eligible for prizes.

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Exciting Staff Updates in 2020

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Pittsburgh, PA.— Following actions taken at its fall board meeting, the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSFhas added a new team member and assigned new duties to existing staff. Jeff White will become the Director of Development for the Foundation. John Berthelsen, who has held that position for the past five years, will shift to Director of Operations. Bernie Eckert who has been Administrator will now be Managing Director, focusing on relationships with schools, educators and scholarship recipients Jeff recently retired from a 27-year career at EFI where he held positions as General Manager, Sales Director and Managing Director. He has been a member of the PGSF Board of Directors for some 15 years. Jeff will focus on increasing the visibility of the organization and expanding its donor base. Jeff related, “I’m looking forward to helping students in the Graphic Arts industry be able to afford their education and become members of this great industry that I’ve been a part of for so long.” John will continue to build on the Foundation’s efforts to implement digital technologies, cloud-based operations and independent administration. This year the Foundation released a totally new application process that is much simpler and more flexible than previously utilized. It is also continuing a path of total independence from, or reliance on, any single industry affiliated association. During his time as VP of Development the endowed funds of the Foundation increased from $8 million to $10 million. Bernie’s communications with educators, scholarship recipients and alumni will continue to be a vital part of the organization’s success. For students, she is the face of the group. PGSF recently released new career materials that have been widely praised throughout the industry. Attracting youth, training new employees and replacing current workforce loses are major issues for companies of all sizes across the country. The Foundation is actively addressing these issues and providing tools for companies to enhance their own efforts in this area.

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2019 PGSF Poster Contest Winners

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PGSF is excited to announce our 2019 Poster Contest Winners

This year’s poster winners are:

Holly Maxwell, from Pittsburg State University

PGSF Poster Contest Winner Holly Maxwell

Full-Time Student Winner, Holly Maxwell 

John Dreisbach, PGSF Board member and VP of Sales and Marketing at Evergreen Printing Co, said that full time student Holly Maxwell’s poster provided “a welcoming message...” Maxwell, a nontraditional student and mother of six children, shared: “I get so excited when I get to create something cool! I love that you have opened up this scholarship opportunity to part-time students that are working in the graphics industry!”

Educators! Please Download, Print and Share this 2019 PGSF Poster:  Currently Employed "Grow Your Future" Created by Holly Maxwell 


Juliette Woodruff, from Pittsburg State University

PGSF Poster Contest Winner Juliette Woodruff

Full-Time Student Winner, Juliette Woodruff 

Full-time student winner, Juliette Woodruff’s poster caught the attention of judge Bill Michael, Cisco.  “Several things stood out: the clever use of the CMYK color-scheme across the graduation cap, the clean and legible font, the QR code, and the overall tie-in with the printing industry.” Woodruff, who majored in Communication with an emphasis in Strategic Communication and a minor in Graphic Design, shared “ I wanted to show how important scholarships can be to students. The mortarboard cap emphasizes how every little bit of financial assistance can help students achieve their goals of graduating and getting established in careers.”

Educators! Please Download, Print and Share this 2019 PGSF Poster this 2019 PGSF Poster: Students "Seeking Graphic Communications Scholarships" Designed by Juliette Woodruff   Posters are available for download by clicking the links above. We encourage all colleges, high schools in the United States with classes and students focused on graphic communications. We also invite employers to share with their staff who may seek additional education to advance their careers in print and graphics!  CLICK HERE to submit your information and be on all future mail and email communications. 

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Eligibility Expanded for Scholarships

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Pittsburgh, PA.—The board of directors of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that they have revised the policy for awarding scholarships by significantly expanding the range of students and education methods for financial support. Previously only full-time students had been eligible to apply for scholarships. Starting in the 2019-20 application period individuals already employed in the graphic communications industry will be encouraged to apply for assistance when taking classes as part-time students. Current workers in the industry are often interested in going back to school on a part-time basis in order to learn new skills and improve their opportunities for advancement. They will now be able to gain financial support for instruction at their local technical school or college. Employees of companies that are already donors, or have established endowments, will be given priority recommendations. “PGSF is dedicated to promoting careers in the graphic arts, and we are pleased to provide this new vehicle to serve the needs of the industry.” said John Berthelsen, VP-Development for PGSF. “With the establishment of this policy, we expect to provide significant support to a key segment of the workforce.” Bill Michael, the current chair of PGSF added, “For the past few years, we have made significant strides towards becoming the most effective support system for building the workforce of the graphic communications industry. This step fits perfectly within our mission as our donors continue to demonstrate their leadership by investing in the future of the industry.” For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at or visit the site at ###### About PGSF: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit, industry directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people, and then to support them through their education process. In 2018-19, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000.

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PrintAmerica Funds Endowed Scholarship

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Pittsburgh, PA.—The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that an endowment established by industry peer group PrintAmerica has been fully funded at the Print Heritage level of $25,000. This is a continuation of the group’s ongoing annual contributions towards the funding of scholarships. This endowment has been made by the group in order to demonstrate their commitment to the industry and building of the future workforce. The fourteen companies in PrintAmerica represent major markets across the country with over $500,000,000 in revenues, providing print, mail, fulfillment, display graphics, inkjet, and other products and services. The group had previously jointly decided that each member company would contribute an annual $1000 donation to PGSF. The cumulative effect of those donations over the past several years has enabled it to exceed the minimum endowment level of $25,000. Employees, or offspring of employees, of member companies will be given first preference when the awarding of scholarships is done each year. Companies in PrintAmerica include the following: Aradius Group—Omaha, Nebraska Best Press—Addison, Texas Cohber Press—Rochester, New York Corporate Communications Group—Upper Marlboro, Maryland DCG One—Seattle, Washington Garlich Printing Company—Fenton, Missouri Graphic Visual Solutions—Greensboro, North Carolina Heeter—Canonsburg, Pennsylvania Standard Press—Atlanta, Georgia Suttle-Straus—Waunakee, Wisconsin The Dot Corp—Irvine, California The Standard Group—Reading, Pennsylvania Think Patented—Miamisburg, Ohio Trabon Group—Kansas City, Missouri “PGSF is dedicated to promoting careers in the graphic arts, and we are pleased to provide this vehicle for PrintAmerica to do the same.” said John Berthelsen, VP-Development for PGSF. “With the establishment of this group effort, they have demonstrated a great model for others to follow and provided a perpetual testament of their dedication to the industry.” Bill Woods, the Executive Director of PrintAmerica added, “For many years, PrintAmerica has been known as a select, progressive collection of marketing communications companies from across the United States. Our commitment to the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation fits perfectly within our mission as our members continue to demonstrate their leadership by investing in the future of the industry.” For information on how you or your organization can contribute to the future of the graphic arts industry, please contact John Berthelsen at or visit the site at ###### About PGSF: The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not for profit, industry directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people, and then to support them through their education process. In 2018-19, more than 200 students were provided with support totaling over $500,000. About PrintAmerica: PrintAmerica is an exclusive peer network of marketing communications companies from across the United States. The organizations making up the roster of PrintAmerica are highly diversified, offering specialized services including agency, creative and branding expertise as well as automated, programmatic and analytic marketing solutions. Members of the group represent major markets across the country with over $500,000,000 in combined revenues. PrintAmerica focuses on strategic renewal and growth of its members by providing opportunities for learning, sharing and collaborating. For more information about PrintAmerica, contact Bill Woods at or visit the site at

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