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.


The Association for Dressings and Sauces 2019 Package of the Year Competition

The purpose of the program is to recognize and celebrate new and unique dressing, sauce and condiment-related packaging designed by college/university students. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the United States majoring in a packaging discipline at a college or university. An entry (maximum of 3) may be submitted by an individual student or a team of students. The primary award of $1,500 will be presented to the student(s) named the winner of the Package of the Year Award for Students during ADS’ 2019 Awards ceremony. The academic institution will also be recognized during the Awards ceremony. The award Rules and Application, attached, can also be accessed here. The deadline to submit package nominations to ADS Headquarters is March 11, 2019. 

Please contact Patricia Faison at (404) 252-3663 with questions regarding the competition.

Click here for rules and application.


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