SGIA Opens Annual Scholarship Program, ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2020
Contact: Amanda Kliegl, SGIA

SGIA offers an array of programs to support students in the industry event

Fairfax, Va. — In its continued support of students in the printing industry, SGIA today announces the opening of its annual Student Scholarship Program and the ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition. Both initiatives work to provide students with long-term resources, tools, and recognition to aid with continued growth in the industry. 

"SGIA student programs, such as our annual Scholarship Program and the ASDPT Student Printing Competition, are paramount to the success and advancement of this industry,” says Ford Bowers, president and CEO, SGIA. “SGIA is committed to providing up-and-coming young professionals with the necessary guidance and tools for them to not only thrive in this industry, but truly enjoy the journey along the way.”

SGIA Scholarship Program 
Supported by generous donations from endowment investors and industry leaders, and in conjunction with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Foundation, the 2020 SGIA Scholarship Program awards $2,000 to 25 graphic communications students, granting a total of $50,000 in educational assistance for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

To be eligible for the SGIA Scholarship, students must be enrolled at an SGIA Educational Institution Member college/university for the Fall 2020 semester (registered for 12 or more credits); pursuing a career in graphic communications, printing technology, or printing management; and maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Applications are due by April 30, 2020. More details can be at:

Annual ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition 
Highly sought after by graphic arts students for over 10 years, the ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition honors superior imaging work within a variety of categories. Entrants represent secondary (high school and vocational) students and post-secondary (technical school, college, or university) students. 

The competition provides students with the platform to show samples of their finest work, which is then evaluated by the experts of the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies. Criteria for scoring includes print/image quality, color appearance, registration, creativity, and job complexity. 

All entries must be received by mail to SGIA headquarters by September 16, 2020. All submissions are displayed to industry leaders from around the world at PRINTING United in Atlanta, October 21-23, 2020, and winners are awarded at the show. More details about the competition, application, and judging process can be found at

To learn more about these program offerings and other SGIA student member benefits, or to become an SGIA Educational Institution or student member, visit

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Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is the premier printing and graphic arts trade organization that provides members with cutting edge resources, tools and education to promote growth and convergence into new market segments. SGIA members have unparalleled access to current industry information, trends and events, including, but not limited to, PRINTING United in Atlanta on October 21 - 23, 2020, and more.For more information, visit