Past scholarship recipient Nick Gawreluk talks about the positive impact PGSF has had on his education and career.

Below is an interview with recent PGSF Suttle-Straus Scholarship winner Paola Marin Guillen in which she discusses how the scholarship has benefited her.


Brittany Bolenbaugh was a recent recipient of a PGSF scholarship.

Brittany Bolenbaugh, a past recipient of a PGSF scholarship was kind enough to share with us a little bit about her university experience, her goals for a graphic arts career, and her thoughts on the future of the industry.

1. What area of the graphic arts do you consider your primary focus (design, print production, digital media, etc.)?

I would say that my primary focus in the graphic arts would be the design as I have a great passion and love for being creative. Although through my classes at Ball State University and my experiences I have grown to love all aspects of the graphic arts.

2. Have you started job searching? If so, what has been your experience?

I have begun the job search since I will be graduating this May and I have found that my school career center and professors have been my biggest resource. I have had many opportunities to pursue and I just hope that I am able to find the right one for me.

3. What will be your top considerations when looking for a job in the graphic arts field? (In other words, what characteristics are you looking for in potential employer?)

As I look for a job in the graphic arts field, it is important to me that I come into a position where I can not only utilize my skill sets, but also enhance them and grow with a company. It is important to me to have that opportunity to move forward and gain responsibility as I further my career.

4. What are one or two interesting graphic arts projects you’ve completed at school?

There are so many! I love to create things and learn new techniques, but I think the process that was the most fun to learn and explore was screen-printing. There are so many possibilities with screen-printing that I wish I had time to do even more with it. I also have been able to do some really neat digital projects with Adobe Creative Suite, making vector graphics with Illustrator and page layouts with InDesign.

5. Have you attended any professional events or conferences? What could organizations that host professional events and conferences do to attract more student participation?

I attended the NBM show in Indianapolis, Indiana in the summer of 2011. I wasn’t aware of the show until a professor mentioned it to our class. I had a great time there and it has made me want to attend more professional events and conferences. I think the biggest part of attracting students to these events is enhancing their awareness, either through our professors or promotions, and knowing whether there is free admittance for students, as money always seems to be a large factor in any decision with a poor college student.

6. How do you see print’s role in the media mix today? What do you think is the future of print?

Print media is always evolving. I know some people have questioned my decision to be in the print industry, telling me that print is dying out with books, magazines, and newspapers going all digital. I don’t think they realize the vast amount of things that are actually printed and used every day from advertisements, to grocery bags, to cardboard boxes, to laminate flooring, and so much more. I think that print has changed so much from what we have known it to be in the past and will continue to make drastic changes in the next ten years or so. Digital printing is the future of print. Everybody wants to be able to have what they need instantly, and by means of digital printing, we can do that; and without needing a minimum of a couple thousand prints to make a profit.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Brittany, and good luck as you embark on a career in the graphic arts!

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“I deeply thank you for providing me with the resources necessary to further my education and complete my degree,” I firmly believe that it is kind, generous people like you that make the world a better place—helping individuals to grow and prosper.” Ciara Hautau, Clemson University

“Your financial support throughout the years has been truly appreciated. I am grateful to know there are people who are supporting me in my education and are helping me to succeed. None of this would be possible without you continued financial support. I’m looking forward to using the skills I have learned in the real graphic communication industry. Thank you so much again for your invaluable generosity.” Chantel Camping, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

“Thank you for all your support over the past four years! Without these scholarships, my schooling would not have been possible! I appreciate all you have done to sponsor my degree at Ferris State University. I’ve been able to find employment a few days after graduation.” Ariel Star

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“I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you. It has been of immense help to me and I continue to be very honored and genuinely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of what PGSF does to encourage students in their print and design educations.” Tracey Wilkins, Lewis and Clark State College.

“Receiving the scholarship motivated me to maintain my GPA and complete my degree. Thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals. I look forward to being able to give back once I begin my career in printing.” Angel Allen, Western Michigan University

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“I want to thank you so much for the financial support this scholarship gives me. I am honored to receive this support toward my education and pleased know that I don’t take it for granted. From high school to the present I have so much enjoyed learning about and work in the printing industry, and I look forward to making it my life career! With greatest appreciation, thank you!” Phillip Jamison, University of Wisconsin–Stout

“The PGSF has made such and incredible difference in my college experience and I am so grateful for the generosity and consideration that made this scholarship possible for the majority of my graphics career at Clemson. Thank you all so much, and you Miss Bernie specifically for the impact you have made on my life. If there is ever something PGSF needs that I can help with in the future just give me a call!” Steven M. Cox, Clemson University

“I really appreciate and value the opportunities that the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation has given me. I believe the power of education is a responsibility, a call to act and be a good example of leadership. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for your generosity. Thank you.” Abel Marques, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

“The support from PGSF over the years has been crucial to my success as a student, which I look forward to continuing as a young professional in the industry.” Nicholas Gawreluk, Rochester Institute of Technology

As I end my education and start in the industry I will always remember, and be grateful for, what you have done for me. I look forward to making it my life career! With greatest appreciation, thank you!” Phillip Jamison, University of Wisconsin-Stout

“I am writing to convey m deep gratitude in regards to the scholarship awarded to me. Your organization’s generosity allowed me to study without the fiscal burden that afflicts so may students.” Taylor Sanders, Columbia University

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“I am truly thankful for becoming a recipient for the PGSF Scholarship. I hope to set an example for other printing and graphic majors and alumni in the industry.” Melissa DiVietri, Ferris State University

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“I have been the proud recipient of the PGSF scholarship for years. My college career has been possible through your generosity, kindness and leadership. I am proud and also humble to be the first member of my family who graduates from college. Thank you.” Hugues Norelus, Central Maine Community College

“After receiving the PGSF scholarship, I reflect and realize how much your organization has meant to me. With your support I have been able to accomplish so much. I was honored by winning a silver medal at the Savannah Addy Awards for a logo I did for a fictional company, Elepholk. I was also featured in a yearly Georgia Southern Juried Exhibition for a Photography project I did in class. The biggest news is that I got accepted to an internship in New Delhi, India. I will be working for Lopez Designs. Thank you so much for your support, I appreciate you more than I can put into words.” William Veal, Georgia Southern University

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