The new PACK EXPO scholarship program will provide $30,000 annually to support the future packaging and processing workforce. Each year, six $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students studying packaging and processing at PMMI Partner Schools.
A portion of the proceeds from the PACK gives BACK™ events at PACK EXPO International and PACK EXPO Las Vegas will benefit the scholarship program, announces show producer, PMMI, The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies.
"This scholarship program demonstrates PMMI's continued commitment to foster our industry's future workforce," says Jim Pittas, chief operating officer, PMMI. "We look forward to raising some serious money at our PACK EXPO trade shows to invest in the future of the packaging and processing community through the PACK EXPO Scholarship program."
To be considered for the scholarship, students must currently attend a PMMI Partner School, have at least one semester remaining in their college careers and hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants should be majoring in engineering, packaging, processing, mechatronics, or a related field and should demonstrate financial need.
Interested students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a completed application, writing a 500–1,000-word essay describing their interest in the packaging and processing field as well as their career goals. Applicants will be required to obtain transcripts from a PMMI Partner School, indicating current GPA and extracurricular involvement and must also obtain a signed faculty recommendation. More information on the application process can be found online.
The recipients of the PACK EXPO Scholarship will be announced at the PACK gives BACK benefit concert, which is sponsored by Rockwell Automation and features a performance by Grammy-award winning rock and roll band, The Doobie Brothers, on Monday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 25–27; Las Vegas Convention Center). Tickets for the event are available online at www.packexpolasvegas.com/pack-gives-back and cost $75 each.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 800 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of packaging and processing to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in packaging and processing year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.