Scholarship Programs

GEF Corporate and Memorial Scholarships...
5 corporate and 3 memorial scholarships to be awarded in 2014

Click here to download the 2014 scholarship application.

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 2, 2014.

Audience: Undergraduate or graduate students

Corporate Leadership Scholarships

Five Corporate Leadership Scholarships will be awarded for the 2014 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



 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

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


Memorial Scholarships

Three Memorial Scholarships will be awarded during the 2014 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 $1000 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 2012 Corporate and Memorial Scholarship Winners

Lisa Carr is currently a sophomore Graphic Communications major at Clemson University. In high school, Lisa completed all levels of Digital Art classes and with the recommendation from a high school teacher, decided to channel her creative tendencies and pursue a degree in Graphic Communications. Lisa is the Vice President of the Graphic Communications honors fraternity Gamma Epsilon Tau – CU Chapter. She is very honored to be the recipient of 2012 Werner B. Thiele Memorial Scholarship and says it will allow her to continue to be tremendously involved in the Graphic Communications community at Clemson University and graduate Spring 2015.

Nick Gawreluk is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) entering his senior year with a major in Print Media and minor in Business Administration. At RIT, Nick is heavily involved in the School of Print Media and has international experience in the printing industry.  Within the past two years, Nick has worked in Germany and Brazil for Heidelberg and is looking to continue his global adventures.  With the support of a GEF scholarship he will be able to continue working hard in school and pursue his dream of one day becoming a leader in the printing industry. Expected graduation is spring 2013.

Greg DeGross  is from Grayslake, IL. He is a senior at Western Michigan University, working on a major in Graphic and Printing Science and minor in Business. He intends to pursue a career in the printing and packaging industry. This is his second summer interning at Nosco, Inc., Gurnee, IL, a company specializing in printing for pharmaceutical packaging, RFID and serialization. Greg is working as a Quality Assurance Specialist and says he is having a fantastic experience learning the intricacies of the printing business. Last summer he worked in the Digital Printing Department, operating an HP Indigo 4000 series digital press.   He notes that this scholarship will allow him to concentrate on classes and experience more of the industry. He is active in Western Michigan University’s Graphic Arts Society, and for nine years have been volunteering in his community.

Bonnie Hanna is a Senior, Graphic Communications major at Clemson University from Statesboro, Georgia. She hopes to graduate in May 2013 and pursue a career in the vast field her major encompasses. Bonnie has held leadership positions in campus organizations that utilized her communicative skills including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Reformed University Fellowship, and the Residence Hall Association. In addition, some of her most rewarding contributions to campus life resulted from the two years she served as a Resident Assistant. Bonnie participated in the Corporate Internship Program at Quad/Graphics in the summer of 2011, and worked as a designer for Printing Solutions in Walhalla, SC, in the spring of 2012. This scholarship from the Gravure Education Foundation will allow Bonnie to be a full-time student this year as she focuses on wrapping up her undergraduate degree and pursuing exciting, new opportunities in the graphics field!

Alexandria Powers is a senior at California Polytechnic State University studying Graphic Communication with a double emphasis in Web and Business Management. She grew up in Los Altos California with her younger brothers, Luke and John, and her two loving parents. She is currently working at Adobe Systems Inc. as an intern and hopes to peruse a career that encompasses her creative talent. Alexandria enjoys swimming, kayaking, going to the beach and painting on her free time.

Chen Zhang is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a passion for Interaction Design, Branding and Art Direction. He especially likes minimal design which is functional, structured, visually attractive and elegant. He is now a MFA (Master of Fine Arts) candidate majoring in Computer Graphic Design from RIT. His undergraduate background is New Media Design from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. He had a summer internship working as Information Architect in Ogilvy & Mather in New York. He has also worked with Prof. Chung on the redesign and rebranding of the RIT Gravure Day 2012 program.


Congratulations to the 2011 Corporate Scholarship Winners

Joshua Boland grew up in Lexington, South Carolina and is currently a junior in Graphic Communications at Clemson University. He has always had a creative inclination and decided to investigate Clemson’s graphics program after a recommendation from a high school teacher. He has been involved in TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts) for his first two years at Clemson and plans to stay thoroughly involved with that group. He says he is both honored and excited to be the recipient of the UPM Corporate Scholarship this year; the support will be of incredible assistance in furthering his graphics education!

Jaclyn Burge will be a senior at Murray State University this fall. She will graduate May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications Management. Jaclyn grew up in Normal, Illinois. Jaclyn is the Vice President of Gamma Epsilon Tau – Mu Chapter 2011. In the spring of 2011 she was co-coordinator of the Gravure Day hosted at MSU. Jaclyn worked an internship at a smaller clothing company the summer of 2011, and within her first week she was asked to run departments when people were gone. Jaclyn aspires to own and operate a print company and employ future graduates of the GCM department at MSU.

Lexie Conat is a fourth year student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. She is originally from Whitefish, Montana and moved to California for college with a passion for art and printing. She is majoring in Graphic Communication and has also been involved with the dance program at Cal Poly. It is difficult to fund out-of-state tuition, so this scholarship will help her finish her last year in the Graphic Communications program so she can graduate in the Spring of 2012.

Greg DeGross is from Grayslake, IL. After Carmel High School, he chose Western Michigan University (WMU) to pursue a career in the graphic and imaging industry. The Toyo Ink GEF Corporate Leadership Scholarship is a huge honor for a major in Graphic and Printing Science, with a Business minor. Greg said that for an international ink, packaging-materials, and coatings company to recognize him is doubly exciting since his summer internship is in those areas (Nosco, Inc., Gurnee, IL). This scholarship allows him to concentrate on classes and work in WMU’s Pilot printing-testing plants. He is active in WMU’s Graphic Arts Society, and for eight years has been volunteering in his community.

Nick Gawreluk is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) currently pursuing a New Media Publishing major, with a concentration in print production. At RIT, Nick is heavily involved in the School of Print Media with numerous production manager roles and is always searching for new experiences within the printing industry. He most recently completed an internship with Heidelberg in Germany. With the support of a GEF scholarship he will be able to continue working hard in school and pursue his dream of one day becoming a leader in the printing industry. Expected graduation is spring 2013.

Parshav Jain is a graduate student in Graphic communications at Clemson University. He completed his undergraduate studies in printing technology from Pune University, where he started his journey into this field. Currently Parshav is involved with the Technical Association of Graphic Arts (TAGA) and Packaging Science Club at Clemson. He plans to pursue his research in the field of functional printing (non-graphic use of printing) and feels fortunate to receive the Alcoa Foundation Scholarship. This scholarship will help to support his research work and complete his education. After graduating in May 2012, he wishes to build a successful career in printing industry.

Josh Stolz is a senior at Clemson University. He came into Clemson majoring in architecture, but switched and found a great major in Graphic Communications. At Clemson, he fulfills his passion for design and building by participating in Habitat for Humanity and other Graphics Communications activities like going to Chicago for GraphExpo. He feels that receiving the K. Walter Services Corporation Scholarship will help him receive one of the best educations possible in the field. In addition, he can have a little bit of money to invest in starting his own company—something he’s been wanting to do for quite sometime.

Lin Wang grew up in China and earned her Bachelor’s degree in architecture there. She has always been interested in printing and graphics, so after she moved to America she decided to pursue a Master’s in Graphic Communications at Clemson University. She plans to graduate in August of 2012. She has said that the creative aspect of this field speaks to her, and she appreciates the practicality of it as well. She is part of the Student Affairs Graduate Student Advisory Board at Clemson University, and a graduate assistant working in labs to assist professors and students. She is also joining TAGA in Fall 2011. Lin has been involved in a lot of volunteer work since moving to America. In her free time, she enjoys photography, especially food photography for websites and she is also a free-lance interpreter. She notes that it is always a challenge to start a new life in a new country, and the GEF scholarship will greatly help her in achieving her goals. She is honored to receive it, and says she is sure that she will become more and more confident in pursuing her career in this industry.

Kristen Zeleznik is currently a senior in the Graphic Communications program at Clemson University with a minor in Packaging Science, graduating in December of 2011. Throughout the past four years, Kristen has been highly involved within the industry. She completed her first internship at Mailing Services of Pittsburgh and her second and third internships at HAVI Global Solutions. During her junior year, she conducted extensive research on developing ISO CMYK specifications for Expanded Color Gamut Printing; it was published in the April issue of Flexo Magazine. She was a contributing member of Gamma Epsilon Tau and the Technical Association of Graphic Arts. While in school, she worked for The Tiger Newspaper and The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. However, due to the increased cost of education, working and saving did not make ends meet; receiving the NewPage Corporation scholarship has undoubtedly helped make her education possible.