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June 28, 2023

💸 PMMI Foundation Awards nearly $200,000 in Academic Scholarships to Students


Herndon, VA.; June 28, 2023 — The PMMI Foundation, the charitable foundation of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, awarded nearly $200,000 in educational scholarships to students pursuing careers in the packaging and processing industry. 

"The PMMI Foundation scholarships embody our commitment to fostering the future of our industry, and we take immense pride in paving the way for aspiring industry leaders to excel,” says Kate Fiorianti, PMMI director of workforce development. “These scholarships not only recognize the dedication and passion of the recipients but also showcase the unwavering commitment from PMMI to foster excellence in our industry.” 

Each year, the PMMI Foundation provides academic scholarships to students studying packaging, food processing, engineering, and mechatronics. These scholarships underscore PMMI’s commitment to the future of the packaging and processing industry. 

This year's scholarship recipients represent a diverse group of talented individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and potential in their respective fields of study. Among the scholarships awarded are: 

PMMI Member Family Scholarship: $75,000 awarded. This scholarship supports immediate family members of PMMI member company employees who are interested in packaging and processing as a career choice. Fifteen outstanding applicants were selected to receive $5,000 scholarships annually. The recipients of the Member Family Scholarships for this year are:

PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis, and Art Schaefer: $32,000 awarded. Established to honor these industry leaders, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students attending two-year North American colleges. Each recipient received a $4,000 scholarship. Recipients of PMMI Memorial Scholarships are:

PACK EXPO Scholarship: $30,000 awarded. This scholarship is the beneficiary of PMMI’s PACK gives BACK™ events at PACK EXPO International and PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Each year, six $5,000 scholarships are awarded to students attending a North American college or university. The recipients of the PACK EXPO Scholarships this year are:

Electrical Engineering Scholarship: $5,000 awarded. This scholarship, awarded to one student attending a North American four-year college or university with a focus on electrical engineering, goes to Gavin Boomsma from Michigan State University. 

Packaging & Processing Women's Leadership Network (PPWLN) Scholarship: $5,000 awarded. The PPWLN scholarship aims to support women's careers in the packaging and processing industry. This year's recipient is Molly Coonfield from Montana State University, studying Mechanical Engineering. 

Mechanical Engineer Scholarship: $5,000 awarded. Nathan Gessler from Colorado Mesa University, pursuing Mechanical Engineering. 

Processing Scholarship: $5,000 awarded: Supriya Korade, a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology studying Food Process Engineering. 

Chuck Yuska Scholarship: $5,000 awarded. The Chuck Yuska Scholarship, named in honor of PMMI's former President & CEO of 28 years, is awarded to a student representing innovation in the packaging industry. This year's recipient is Lexi McFarlane from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, who is studying Packaging Value Chain. 

The PMMI Foundation extends its warmest congratulations to all the scholarship recipients and wishes them continued success in their academic and professional endeavors. These scholarships serve as a testament to the association’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders and fostering excellence in the packaging and processing field. For more information about the PMMI Foundation and its scholarship programs, visit

Gatwiri Muthara

Sr. Manager, Public Relations

PMMI: The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies