Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp.
This scholarship, awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any of PMMI’s partner schools was established in honor of Richard Ryan, the former president and CEO of Dorner, who passed away suddenly in September 2012. Ryan was a member of the PMMI Board of Directors and encouraged lifelong learning. His commitment to education inspired the creation of this memorial scholarship.
“Rich had a passion for learning how things get done and for being fully engaged, that made him a valuable, active leader in the industry, PMMI and his community. This scholarship will recognize students who share that passion. It’s a very fitting tribute to who Rich was,” said Charles D. Yuska, president, and CEO, PMMI.
In its second year, the scholarship is awarded to a student who presents merit in GPA, faculty recommendation and commitment to excellence within the packaging industry. Students applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Be enrolled in their third year and pursuing an undergraduate degree
- Be majoring in packaging engineering or a related area
- Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the packaging area
- Be currently enrolled and attending a PMMI partnering school
- Demonstrate extra-curricular involvement, such as athletics
- Have a recommendation from faculty
- Have a financial need
Applicants are required to submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing his/her interest in the packaging field and career goals. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2014; visit www.pmmi.org/education to apply.
The 2013 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship was awarded to Samantha Shuert of Royal Oak, MI. Shuert attends Michigan State University with a double major in packaging and Japanese. She plans to study abroad during the 2014 spring semester in Japan to further her education on global sustainability for intercultural packaging.
Founded in 1933, PMMI is a trade association made up of more than 650 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging and processing, and its mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to succeed in a global marketplace.