School of Packaging celebrates 2023 student scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the School of Packaging 2023 student scholarship recipients

Student riding a bike by the Packaging sign and the front of the renovated Packaging building.

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 School of Packaging student scholarship winners. These students have worked hard through the year and have shown dedication to the packaging program.

“We are very excited to provide scholarships to these students have worked hard and have gone above and beyond to earn these awards,” said Matt Daum, School of Packaging director. “These students are dedicated to the packaging program and represent the future of the packaging industry.”

Allied Trades of the Baking Industry (ATBI) Scholarship

For current junior standing or higher at time of application and intending to work in the food packaging industry.  

  • Zoe Grotz       

Boeing Scholarship        

This is for a student majoring in Packaging. Must have high scholarship merit, strong leadership and communication skills with interest in the aerospace/defense or cyber security industry. Boeing scholars are encouraged to apply for Boeing internships.    

  • Maher Al-Sheikh Jr.

Robert S. Bower, Jr. Memorial Packaging Scholarship

Established in Memory of Robert S. Bower Jr., with gifts from the National Beverage Packaging Association, this scholarship is intended to help prepare students for the packaging industry by financially assisting with their education. 

  • Eric Salazar

Chemical & Allied Industries of Northwest Ohio Endowed Scholarship Fund

A student who is passionate and excited about the field of packaging.

  • Muhammad Masood
  • Hayden Whisenhunt

Crandell Family Scholarship

A Michigan upper classman who is a high achieving student, with the intention of a packaging career.

  • Emily Patterson

Mark Ewing Endowed Scholarship

Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the School of Packaging. 

  • Yuvraj Shah

Graduate Office Fellowship

  • Anurag, Ganapathi
  • Bhutada, Harsh
  • Desphpande, Anusha
  • Duguma, Humnessa (Haile)
  • Esfahanian, Shiva
  • Gu, Juan
  • Hao, Menglin
  • Kedar, Purtha
  • Khule, Purva
  • Limsukon, Wanwarang
  • Mayekar, Pooja
  • Mestry, Jayesh
  • Mohite, Margika
  • Motamarri, Goheth
  • Neralla, Shashank
  • Parviziomran, Irandokht
  • Shirzad, Khadijeh
  • Tavasoli, Mahsa
  • Wonthanaroj, Dangkamol
  • Xu, Dian

Luke and Diane Faulstick Packaging Scholarship

Funded by the Luke and Diane Faulstick Packaging Endowment, this scholarship recognizes graduate students in good academic standing.

  • Menglin Hao

Founders Packaging and Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) Endowed Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by School of Packaging alumni Brian Wagner, Dr. Michael Richmond (honorary alumni), and Phil McKiernan from Packaging and Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS). Recipients are at the junior level or above who have exhibited passion and excitement for the field of packaging and are in good academic standing.

  • Tyler Hilgendorf
  • Hayden Killgrove

Fuji Seal Scholarship

Highly motivated, academically talented, Sophomore or Junior applicants who pursue studies in applied chemistry (especially plastic product), mechanical engineering, electrical or electronic engineering, polymer science, packaging or design related and have a recommendation from university. Winners are students who have high motivation to take on new challenges and have global understanding and high potential to contribute to international friendship

  • Brooke Bannon
  • Trent Krause
  • Alec Respecki
  • Stephanie Spehalski
  • Owen Syrek

Cheryl Gilliam Scholarship

A second-year student who intends to go into a packaging career.

  • May Dam

Gregory A. And Kathleen R. Hayes Endowed Scholarship

  • Emily Macina
  • Kamal Rizal
  • Jack Schaecher
  • Yuvraj Shah
  • Jillian Shaman
  • Antonia Suchy

Jamie M. Hill Endowed Scholarship for the School of Packaging

Jamie Hill graduated from the School of Packaging in 1993, received an MBA in MSU and started his own packaging company with a colleague. When Jamie passed away in 2013, his family created this scholarship in his honor. Eligible students are those who demonstrate financial need and have high academic standings.

  • Kadra Balla
  • Karinne Ehni
  • Emily Macina

HJ Heinz Company Endowed Scholarship in Packaging Science

Students who are majoring in packaging, have at least a 3.5 GPA, and have attained at least sophomore status.

  • Claire Cassar
  • Isabel Stauffer

*James Houchens Endowment Scholarship

  • Lindsay Jessmore

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) Scholarship

The International Society of Beverage Technologists have partnered with the School of Packaging to fund a scholarship aimed toward students who have an interest in a career in the beverage industry. 

  • William Bailey

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) Connecticut Chapter Scholarship      

Each year the Connecticut Chapter of The Institute of Packaging Professionals donates scholarship funds to students at the School of Packaging. This scholarship is aimed to help support packaging education and the future leaders of the industry. Member of Coalition of Packaging Professionals and Academic Connections (CoPPAC) and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

  • Hanna Cho
  • Brandon Coleman
  • Emma Dayton


*Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) West Michigan Chapter Scholarship


  • Ryan Krause
  • Leah Stone

Juice Products Association Scholarship 

Every year the Juice Products Association funds a scholarship for Packaging students at MSU. These recipients must be a full-time student with a minimum 3.0 GPA, have interest in the food or beverage industry, be a junior or senior, and involved in student organizations. 

  • Maggie Dwyer
  • Lauren Ruzylo

Kimberly-Clark Corporation School of Packaging Endowment

The Kimberly-Clark Corporation has funded an endowed scholarship for MSU Packaging Students who are involved in student organizations, active in community service, and have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher.

  • Jake Stevelinck
  • Brynn Werner

Layfield Lewis Endowed Packaging Scholarship

A student studying packaging, with residency in Saginaw, Michigan, there is special consideration to African American students.

  • Alyssa Swanton

Mackson Scholarship

This scholarship is in memoriam of XXX Mackson and supports School of Packaging students.

  • Muhammad Masood

Mary Ann Merrill Packaging Fellowship

Mary Anne Merrill began working as a secretary for the School of Packaging in 1984. She was promoted to be the School’s Accounting Clerk in 1988, a position she held until 2004. For twenty years she “kept the books,” keeping projects under budget, making sure expenses were approved, and that university accounting practices were followed. She always came to work with a smile and helpful attitude. Mary Anne passed away in 2016 and the Mary Anne Merrill Packaging Scholarship was established in 2017 by Dr. Paul Singh, professor emeritus of CANR to honor Mary Ann. The scholarship supports graduate students studying or working in medical packaging and who have had someone in their lives affected by cancer.

  • Goheth Motamarri

Menasha Corporation Endowed Scholarship      

As one of the oldest privately held manufacturing companies in the United States, The Menasha Corporation, produces corrugated containers, printed products, labels and more for the packaging industry, this endowment seeks to encourage students to succeed in their academic goals by providing a scholarship to undergraduate students in Packaging with at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • Yuvraj Shah

Graduate Office Fellowship   (GOF)  

MSU School of Packaging graduate students play a major role in supporting the research mission of the School. The School of Packaging gives back to these students by awarding funds through our graduate committee to support their masters and PhD degrees.

*NJ Packaging Executive Club Scholarship

  • Harsh Bhutada
  • Madeline Henneman
  • Nicole Kelly
  • Emma Morath
  • Samantha Seelinger

Obolewicz/Debuck Family Endowed Fellowship Scholarship

Established by Paul and Lenore Obolewicz. Paul, a 1973 graduate credits his success to his MSU Packaging education and established this scholarship to give back to the School.

  • Emma Fromm

Paperboard Packaging Alliance Scholarship

An upperclassman who has expressed financial need, who is majoring in packaging, and has academic achievement.

Paul L. and Joanne L. Peoples Scholarship

An adult returning to higher education with preference to those with interest in packaging and to those reentering due to the death of a spouse or divorce. Consideration to single parent applicants.

  • Courtney Schauman

Laura Anne Polakowski Endowed Scholarship in Packaging

his award is designed to encourage high-achieving female undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in packaging. A female student who is earning a degree in packaging, with higher consideration to a student who is a member if Sigma Kappa Sorority.

  • Carley Holcomb

Dwight Schmidt Endowed Scholarship Fund

Awarded to high-achieving incoming freshmen based upon academics, community service, and school involvement. Schmidt was a 1968 graduate of the school and held a career in packaging for over 50 years. 

  • Kadra Balla
  • Eve Salenbien

Selig Group Scholarship

A student who has a GPA minimum of 3.0, who are not graduating in the next fall.

  • Polly Fitzgerald

Paul Singh Endowed Fellowship              

The scholarship will be awarded to the most deserving candidate pursuing a PH.D. Degree in Packaging with preference to given to students conducting research in the area of shock and vibration/distribution packaging.

  • Irandokht Parviziomran

PPG Foundation Grant

This award is presented to two students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have completed their first semester in the Fall of 2021. These students will contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the university through diversity of thought and background and/or promoting an inclusive scholarly environment.

  • Yuvraj Shah
  • Larson Sims

*Ron's Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Antonia Suchy
  • Samantha Woodland
  • Noah Wool
  • Jax Zielinski

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Endowed Packaging Scholarship

A full-time upper classman student, who demonstrates academic achievement.

  • Rodney Cancler
  • Michael Lauth

Gail Tavill Endowed Scholarship in Packaging

A packaging major, preference to someone who is a member of the Diverse Leaders in Packaging student organization.

  • Emily Patterson

Mark A. Toton Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Packaging   

This scholarship is awarded to students majoring and pursuing careers in packaging. Preference is given to students from Troy, Mich. or Oakland County.

  • Zack Bobel

Mark & Catherine Walchak School of Packaging Endowment 

A student who is interested in environmental aspects of packaging and has overcome significant obstacles in their lives.

  • Lauren Bartos
  • Juan Gu
  • Martin Hunt
  • Emma Savage
  • Lul Shoble

Katherine Woloson Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Bradley Bunch
  • Sara Downs
  • Karinne Ehni
  • Benjamin Gratsch
  • Lindsay Kukla
  • Annmarie Lockwood
  • Abigail Ludtke

*PAA/ WestRock Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Nyah Lemons

Packaging Alumni Association Scholarship 

Students are selected based on their education, professionalism and passion for packaging at MSU.

  • Hanna Cho
  • Brandon Coleman
  • Emma Dayton
  • Trent Krause
  • Yuvraj Shah
  • Krishnaa Ventaktesan
  • Ella White

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