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.

Scholarship Application Information

CURRENT STUDENTS: Please use this application

INCOMING FRESHMEN (starting FALL 2018): 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 2018): 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.


Contests and Competitions

Students who pursue contests and competition 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.

Below are links to external contest opportunities.

posted 1-22-18

ADS 2018 Package of the Year Award for Students

The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) is the international trade association representing manufacturers of salad dressings, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and the suppliers to the industry.  This is a reminder that the 2018 Package of the Year Award for Students competition is now open, and the deadline to submit an entry is March 25, 2018.  The purpose of the program is to highlight packaging designs that are new or unique to the dressings and sauces industry or may have future application to the dressings and sauces industry.   Please forward the attached announcement to your students and post on your department’s social media.  A link to the Rules and Application is embedded in the announcement and can also be accessed via the link above.  Please contact Patricia Faisonwith questions or comments.
The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS); (404) 252-3663,

The 2018 48 hour long competition

Begins Friday, January 26th, at exactly 7:00 pm EST and ends on Sunday, January 28th, at exactly 7:00 pm EST.

A panel of distinguished industry professionals will jury all submissions, with winners receiving cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Winners will be announced at the 2018 IoPP NEXTPACK (IoPP Southeastern Chapter), The Summit on the Future of Packaging, to be held in Atlanta in April at the Carter Center. The summit features leading industry experts on technology, research, design innovation and current trends. Every competition participant will receive complimentary admission and the top ten finalists will be invited to exhibit their designs.

Registration deadline for the 2018 competition will be 11:59pm
January 24th, 2018.
To register go to
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email:

2018 Student Design Challenge - Paperboard Packaging Alliance

All the information to participate in this challenge can be found on the following website link:


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