Scholarship Application

The directors of the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation take pleasure in announcing the annual national competition for over 200 scholarships to be awarded for professional and executive careers in the graphic communication industry.

The Scholarship Foundation's purpose is to provide scholarships to qualified and interested students who want to prepare for careers in this growing, dynamic industry. The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1956 by concerned industry leaders as a nonprofit, private, industry-directed corporation to develop and award scholarship and fellowship assistance to talented young men and women who are interested in graphic communication careers. PGSF is able to help over 200 students annually.

Eligibility

To be eligible to compete for one of our scholarship awards, you must have the following:

  • Pursuing a career in graphic communications, printing technology, printing management or publishing.
  • A high school senior or high school graduate.
  • A student who is enrolled in a two or four year accredited graphic or printing program at a technical school, college or university within the United States.
  • Applicant must be a full-time student. 
  • Be able to maintain a 3.0 or higher. 

Requirements

Scholarship acceptance and renewal would be contingent on students maintaining a connection on Facebook and giving back by building PGSF awareness through the Facebook community.

  • First year recipient
    • Must join the PGSF Facebook page with four postings a year regarding updates on your activities. A video post acknowledging what the scholarship means to you must also be presented on facebook.            
  • Second year recipient
    • Must join the PGSF Facebook page with four postings a year including one video post
    • Recruit two students to apply for a PGSF scholarship
  • Third year recipient
    • Must join the PGSF Facebook page with four postings a year including one video post
    • Recruit three students to apply for a PGSF scholarship
    • Post experiences regarding internships, summer employment, extra-curricular activities, etc.                                      
  • Fourth year recipient—
    • Must join the PGSF Facebook page with four postings a year including one video post
    • Recruit three students to apply for a PGSF Scholarship.
    • Post experiences regarding internships, summer employment extra-curricular activities, etc.
    • Post employment opportunities. 

Instructions and Guidelines

The total high school and/or college record is/are carefully considered as awards are based on the potential college success expected of the candidates. The applicant must take several important steps to compete for PGSF Scholarships (failure to complete all of these steps will result in an incomplete application that will not be reviewed by the PGSF Scholarship Selection Committee):

  1. (FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY) Apply for and take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board. (PSAT/NMSQT and ACT scores are also acceptable.) Go to http://www.collegeboard.com/ for more information. Submit a copy with the PGSF application. Even if you have already taken these tests, you must submit a photocopy of the test scores. If the test scores are included on your transcripts, you do not need to submit a separate copy.
  2. Fill in the scholarship application ENTIRETY and submit it by April 1 of the current academic year.  The application is only available from November 1 to April 1.
  3. Provide an official transcript, or a photocopy of an official transcript, of your grades. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted. High school students must submit a copy of their most current high school transcript, while college students must submit a complete copy of their most current college transcript. A transcript request form is provided in this booklet for your convenience, if considered necessary.
  4. Send link to the Reference Form to at least two references who would submit a recommendation on your behalf. A school representative, such as an instructor, counselor, or advisor, should complete one form. Another school representative or an employer can complete the second form. You must have at least two letters of recommendation, but you may request as many as you feel necessary.
  5. You must submit a photocopy of the intended course of study from the college you plan on attending. College catalogs or departmental brochures usually list the course requirements related to your major. If you are not sure of the college you will be attending when you send your application to the PGSF office, you must send a course of study for all schools you have applied to and are seriously considering.
  6. You will be notified via email of your final standing in the competition.
  7. Mail transcripts and SAT scores to:

    Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation
    Attn: Bernie Eckert
    200 Deer Run Road
    Sewickley, PA 15143-2600

Please Note:

  • It is your responsibility to provide all of the items required to complete your application. Only complete applications will be considered for scholarships from the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation. Any application that is incomplete will be discarded. The Scholarship Selection Committee will not review incomplete applications.
  • Please DO NOT send portfolios, disks, etc. With the large number of applications received, we are unable to review/return any materials, other than that which is required. Portfolios, disks, etc. will be removed from the application and therefore will not be reviewed by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Application Process Begins November 1st

We are no longer accepting applications for 2014-2015. The application will be available November 1, 2014 for 2015-2016.

*The average scholarship amount is $2,000 per student. Gutenberg level scholarships are $5,000. All scholarships are renewable up to four years if you continue to meet the above requirements.

Published on Monday, November 14, 2005 (updated 06/17/2014)

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