Scholarship Programs

GEF Corporate and Memorial Scholarships...
8 corporate and 3 memorial scholarships were awarded in 2015.  See the winners below!

The 2016 available scholarships, the application and deadline will be posted later this year.

Scholarship Program

Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student at any one of the GEF-funded colleges or universities listed on this Web site. This includes enrollment at either a GEF-designated Gravure Resource Center or Educational Partner Program.

Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time the scholarship is awarded. A declared major in Printing, Graphic Arts, or Graphic Communications must be demonstrated.

Applicant must exhibit scholarly performance and demonstrate academic success in his or her studies. A GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) is required.

DEADLINE: All scholarship applications must be submitted by U.S. Mail or email, faxes will not be accepted. All applications must be received by May 1, 2015.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students

Corporate Leadership Scholarships

Eight Corporate Leadership Scholarships will be awarded for the 2015 academic year in the amount of $1,500 each and one in the amount of $1,000. These scholarships are made available through the generous support of the following companies:

ALCOA Foundation  
 
 


Bernadette Carlson (Sponsored by Quad/Graphics)

 

The Cerutti Group
 
 

Fres-Co System USA

 

Gravure Publishing Council

 

JCPenney


National Geographic Society


Packaging Corporation of America (PCA)



 ALCOA Foundation Corporate Scholarship

Alcoa Foundation is a nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with assets of approximately $542 million. Its’ mission is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. Throughout its history, Alcoa Foundation has been a source of positive community change and enhancement, with over US$465 million invested since 1952. For more than a half a century, Alcoa Foundation’s focus has been helping communities, building partnerships, and changing lives. Its mission is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide, combining funding with hands-on support from employee volunteers. Alcoa Foundation will provide a $1500 scholarship to a student who demonstrates leadership and academic accomplishments. Applicants must be enrolled on a full time basis at one of the GEF designated learning resource centers. A GPA of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) is required.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

Bernadette Carlson Corporate Scholarship (Sponsored by Quad/Graphics)

Bernadette Carlson retired from the position of GEF Executive Director in 2013 and was honored by Quad/Graphics with a scholarship in her name for the coming year, recogniging her contributions that are permanently engraved upon the gravure industry.  One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

The Cerutti Group Corporate Scholarship

The Cerutti Group is a leading manufacturer of printing and converting equipment for clients worldwide. Major business lines include: gravure publication printing presses and variable cut-off folders; gravure presses for the printing and converting of food packaging; gravure presses for the decorative industry, such as woodgrains, wallpaper, gift wrap, floor covering, etc.; gravure presses for the carton printing industry; Zerand platen diecutting equipment; Flexotecnica central impression printing presses for film, paper, and carton board; and converting machinery for use in-line or separate from our printing equipment. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

Fres-Co System USA Corporate Scholarship

For more than 30 years, Fres-co System USA, Inc. has manufactured high-performance flexible packaging systems and invented dozens of innovative breakthroughs including degassing valves, modified atmosphere technologies, and reclosure systems. Their packaging systems are employed by Fortune 500 leaders in food markets and industrial/chemical markets as well as some of the most famous specialty brands in America-all of whom require the most demanding packaging standards. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

The Gravure Publishing Council Scholarship

The Gravure Publishing Council (GPC) is an organization headed by end-users of gravure printing.Gravure Publishing Council Scholarship was established to promote and advance gravure as the preferred printing method for high-quality catalogs, inserts, supplements, and other direct marketing materials and to assist young people to enter the industry. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

JCPenney Corporate Scholarship

More than a century ago, James Cash Penney founded his company on the principle of the Golden Rule: treat others the way you’d like to be treated-Fair and Square. His legacy continues to this day, as JCPenney, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) boldly transforms the retail experience across 1,100 stores and jcp.com to become America’s favorite store. Focused on making the customer experience better every day, JCPenney is dreaming up new ways to make customers love shopping again. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

National Geographic Society Corporate Scholarship

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) Corporate Scholarship

PCA manufactures a broad range of linerboard and corrugating medium at their four containerboard mills, as well as a wide variety of corrugated packaging products at their 72 corrugated products plants. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com


Memorial Scholarships

Three Memorial Scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded during the 2015 academic year. These scholarships honor the memory of former leaders and supporters of "Gravure Education”.

Warren Daum Memorial Scholarship

Warren Daum, former President of the Gravure Technical Association and founding president emeritus of the Gravure Education Foundation, served the Gravure industry for more than 45 years. He established alliances and partnerships between corporate leaders and educational institutions leading to international conferences, educational seminars, industry textbooks, and the publishing of GRAVURE magazine. One (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

Harry V. Quadracci Memorial Scholarship

During his lifetime, Harry filled many roles: printer, leader, innovator, visionary, entrepreneur, family man, friend and a true believer of education. Harry was known as an industry icon for his many innovative ideas and commitment to technological advancement. His dedication to the industry continued through his involvement and love of the industry. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Gravure Education Foundation and the Gravure Association of America. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a student enrolled on a full-time basis at any of the Printing Management/Graphic Arts programs at one of the GEF designated learning Resource Centers. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater and exhibit scholarly performance and demonstrate academic success. Student must demonstrate either extra-curricular involvement in school activities or community involvement and a financial need.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com

Werner B. Thiele Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Werner "Dutch" B. Thiele, founder of Thiele-Engdahl, Inc., this scholarship commemorates two of his life-long goals: to promote gravure as a print process for high quality packaging, and to encourage and assist young people as they enter the industry. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded annually to students enrolled on a full-time basis at one of the GEF designated Learning Resource Centers: Arizona State University, California Polytechnic State University,  Clemson University, Murray State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Western Michigan University and Pittsburg State University. Applicant must be at least a sophomore in college at the time of the award with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students
Contact: Rod Sosa, GEF Trustee, rsosa@fresco.com


Congratulations to the 2015 Corporate and Memorial Scholarship Winners

Katelyn Theis, University of Wisconsin Stout (Winner of the Packaging Corporation of America Corporate Scholarship)

I will be a senior this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a major in Cross-Media Graphics Management. I grew up in the small town of Cold Spring, Minnesota but moved to Wisconsin to pursue my interest in the graphic communication and printing industry. I am an active member and former Records Manager of the Stout Typographical Society where we produce numerous print and design jobs. I recently had the opportunity to have a six-month co-op as a Graphics Coordinator. On my co-op I dealt with graphics for food packaging labels and large store displays for multiple brands.  I am so grateful for receiving the PCA Corporate Scholarship, it will allow me to continue to focus on my studies and pursue my dream of having a career in the print and graphics industries.

Jessica Fauria, Cal Poly (Winner of the Fres-Co System USA Corporate Scholarship and the JCPenney Corporate Scholarship)

Jessica Fauria will be a second year at California Polytechnic State University this upcoming fall as a Graphic Communication major. So far she has put her knowledge of graphic communication to work by becoming a co-author to a book by Frank Romano by creating the files for the book to be printed. She also shadows the production manager at University Graphic Systems, Cal Poly’s student run print shop, as she hopes to have that position in the future. In addition, she’s a volunteer DJ at Cal Poly’s radio station. She is grateful for the JCPenney and Fres-co System USA scholarships so she can study abroad in Munich, Germany in the spring.

Monique Martinez, Cal Poly (Winner of the National Geographic Society Corporate Scholarship and the Warren Daum Memorial Scholarship)

I am a fourth-year Graphic Communication student at California Polytechnic State University, concentrating in Design Reproduction Technology. Last summer I interned for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California as the Graphic Design and Photography Intern, and I am currently interning at Subplot Studio, a local design studio in San Luis Obispo, California. Changing my major to Graphic Communication set me back a quarter, but I am so happy with this decision to switch into the major because I now know I am doing what I am meant to be doing. With this scholarship, I will be finishing up my last quarter in the fall, to graduate in December 2015. I love using my creativity to help others, and am passionate about photography and travel, which is why I hope to pursue a career within the graphic arts industry after graduation.

Haley Marie Torrres, Cal Poly (Winner of the Cerutti Group Corporate Scholarship)

My name is Haley Torres. I’m honored to receive the Cerutti Corporate Scholarship! I'm currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying Graphic Communication and concentrating in Design Reproduction Technology. Prior to Cal Poly, I attended Cuesta College where I obtained an Associate’s Degree in Psychology. While I was at Cuesta, I discovered the Graphic Communication program and I knew that’s where I was meant to be. I plan to pursue a career where I can apply my graphic design and web design skills. This scholarship will help me as I tackle these last few quarters at Cal Poly!

Ray Mitsushiro McDonnell-Horita, Cal Poly (Winner of the Gravure Publishing Council Corporate Scholarship)

I am a first year student at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo majoring in Graphic Communications. I was born and raised in San Diego, California and am extremely passionate about graphic design, and packaging. I am involved in volunteering and serving the community as a Cal Poly Student Community Service program assistant, and have interned with our campuses commercial printing and digital imaging business UGS. With the award from the Gravure Education Foundation, I will continue working towards graduating with my Bachelor of Science degree in 2018. With my degree, I hopes to find work and make a lasting impact on the graphics and printing industry.

Katherine Ann Dayton, Western Michigan University (Winner of the Werner B. Thiele Memorial Scholarship)

Katherine Dayton is a senior at Western Michigan University studying Graphic and Printing Sciences with minors in French and Communications. She is originally from Lapeer, Michigan and is a member of the Lee Honors College. At WMU, she has been involved in the Technical Association of Graphic Arts and the WMU Women's Rugby Team. She also works as a Student Ambassador and volunteers as a Fall Welcome Ambassador for the university. She is currently interning at Specialty Print Communications in Niles, Illinois for the second summer in a row and is interested in the publication printing industry when she graduates. The Werner B. Thiele Scholarship from the GEF will allow Katherine to finish her studies and graduate with a thorough knowledge of the print industry.

Prashant Ramesh Kotkar, Western Michigan University (Winner of the Alcoa Foundation Corporate Scholarship)

Mitchell Morgan, Rochester Institute of Technology (Winner of the Bernadette Carlson Honorary Scholarship)

Vinay Anil Turke, Western Michigan University (Winner of the Harry V. Quadracci Memorial Scholarship)