PMMI Foundation Awards $16,000 in Fall Scholarships to Students

The PMMI Foundation, of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, awarded $16,000 in educational scholarships to students last fall.

Four students received $4,000 academic scholarships from the PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis, and Art Schaefer, all of whom were industry leaders committed to education and workforce development.

The PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis, and Art Schaefer is an achievement-based scholarship that honors students enrolled in two-year programs at PMMI Partner Schools. To be eligible, students are required to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a career plan in packaging and processing machinery manufacturing, as well as a record of past awards and recognition, and industry involvement through internships and career development activities.

Each year, the PMMI Foundation provides over $200,000 in academic scholarships to students studying packaging, food processing, engineering, and mechatronics at over 50 PMMI Education Partner programs throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“The PMMI Foundation scholarship programs are an investment in the future of our industry, and we are very proud to support this next generation of leaders as they pursue their higher education goals,” says Kate Fiorianti, director, workforce development, PMMI. “These scholarships reflect their dedication to their studies and future career as well as the quality of the programs at our Partner Schools. This is a bright opportunity that opens doors for tomorrow’s workforce, today.”

Since its inception in 1998, the PMMI Foundation has given more than $2.6 million to help ensure the future of the industry remains strong. In 2022 alone, through academic scholarships, travel assistance to industry tradeshows, and donation support, the PMMI Foundation impacted nearly 6,000 students.

The winners of the 2022 PMMI Scholarship in Memorial of Claude S. Breeden, Glenn Davis, and Art Schaefer are:

  • Blake Strickland, Cape Fear Community College, Mechatronics Engineering
  • Hector Moya, Purdue Northwest University, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Morgan Bartholomew, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Plastics & Polymer Engineering
  • Yash Dhote, Rochester Institute of Technology, Print and Graphic Media Sciences

For more information on the PMMI Foundation, visit

About PMMI

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents more than 950 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. 

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