Each year, the School of Packaging is able to give out annual scholarships thanks to our generous donors, made up of alumni, trade organizations, and industry partners.  In 2016-2017, the SoP was able to award over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving students.

The scholarship application goes out once per year in April, and is due back in July. This application is kept on file for the entire academic year. Most scholarships are merit based instead of financial need based, so all students are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for the 2017-2018 Scholarship Application is July 15th, 2017 by 11:59pm. Please follow submission instructions on the application. NO LATE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED, NO EXCEPTIONS.


CURRENT STUDENTS: Please use this application

INCOMING FRESHMEN (starting FALL 2017): The deadline for the Dwight Schmidt Endowed Scholarship for Freshmen is July 15th. This application will also make you eligible for all other SoP scholarships. Please use this application

TRANSFER STUDENTS (starting Fall 2017): Please use the application for CURRENT STUDENTS, making sure to include to your transcripts from your previous institution in the same file. You may leave the future schedule blank, noting that you are a transfer student, if you have not yet completed AOP.

External Scholarships

These opportunities are sponsored by an external source (industry, trade organization, etc.), and should be applied to directly following the information from the sponsor. Questions about these opportunities should also be directed to the sponsoring organization directly.

Students who pursue these opportunities are doing so with the understanding that they are engaging in these as an individual or team, and support from the School of Packaging is not guaranteed. Students wishing to request support in the way of materials, lab time, etc. from the School of Packaging for external contests, competitions, and projects, may submit a written proposal to School of Packaging Director Dr. Susan Selke at  Please contact Dr. Selke directly regarding what should be included in this proposal.

Contests and Competitions

Below are links to external contest opportunities. 

Posted 7-12-2017
The Flexible Packaging Design Challenge
The Call for Entries describes the competition rules and deadlines. The Challenge Hall of Fame on pages 5-8 of the 'Call for Entries' provides illustrations of Challenge winning packages, and may assist students in developing the innovative ideas for flexible packaging solutions that have yet to be developed. The deadline to submit a concept outline is September 15, 2017. Students will be notified of the advancement status of their concept outline by September 22, 2017. The submission deadline for the flexible packaging prototype/bench sample is October 27, 2017. Winners will be announced on March 13, 2018.

If your class or fall semester ends before any of the submission deadlines, early entry submissions may be accepted with permission from FPA.  For more details about “early entry submissions”, contact:

Dani Diehlmann - Director of Communications at Flexible Packaging Association. Phone: 410-694-0800, E-mail:

Posted 6-1-2017
The Circular Design Challenge
On May 18, in conjunction with IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, our Chapter kicked off the Circular Design Challenge, a global design challenge through which we will be using a human-centered design approach to redesign small-format plastics packaging (think straws, lids, plastic peel-offs on juices, ketchup packets, etc.) as it relates to a Circular Economy. 

We are looking for designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and sustainability enthusiasts here in Greater Detroit to help us as we look to tap into a multi-billion dollar potential for the redesign of small format packaging.

We would love to learn from the insights and experiences of students and faculty members involved within the packaging program at Michigan State. With its multi-billion dollar potential to solve a global design challenge as part of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, there might be an opportunity for young researchers and innovators to implement an idea or some of their research on both a local and global scale.  For more information please click on the following link:
Contact: Naman Mandhan – Chapter Co-Lead, OpenIDEO Detroit; Cell Phone: (765) 543-5323; E-mail:

Posted 5-31-2017
Robert V. Neher Award - A Global Academic Competition

Named after the inventor of the aluminium foil rolling process, the new Robert V. Neher Award is targeting the academic world with the objective to enhance scientists and especially young people to ‘think’ in aluminium foil, i.e. aluminium based solutions, when looking for future applications, into sustainability aspects or process optimization. The objective of GLAFRI as organizer is to support medium and long term growth for aluminium foil, i.e. aluminium based solutions, worldwide.

The jury consisting of well-known scientists from Brazil, China, Europe, Japan and US will select one winner to receive the prize of 10,000 Eur. The hand-over will take place next year in October at the ALUMINIUM 2018 exhibition (travel cost taken over by our sponsor and partner REED Exhibitions, the organizer of worldwide ALUMINIUM fairs). For further details please see


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