Scholarship Programs

Your search for an exciting career in graphic communications might begin with a scholarship to one of the great collegiate graphic communications programs in Ohio and northern Kentucky, or across the country. The Printing Industries Education Funds, Inc. (PIEF) has provided valuable scholarships to students in Ohio and northern Kentucky since 1999. Scholarships are awarded every year to talented and deserving students like yourself. If you have an interest in a graphic communications career, you can find application materials on the Applications page, including a downloadable application, letter of recommendation forms, application criteria, and a personal statement addendum form.

PIEF, a foundation created by the Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky hopes that these scholarship opportunities will help prepare a new generation of professionals to become the leaders of our industry in the future.

The foundation houses a number of funds, all dedicated to providing educational opportunities for members of the graphics communications industry, and for youth interested in a career in the graphic communications industry. Recipients must be pursuing coursework in print management, printing technology or graphic arts at an accredited educational institution.

Current PIEF funds include:


PIEFPIEF General Scholarship Funds

This is the PIEF flagship fund, serving students throughout Ohio and northern Kentucky. Well over 100 students have received scholarship assistance from this fund since PIEF's beginning. An unrestricted, annual contribution fund, the PIEF General Scholarship Fund offers numbers of scholarship opportunities each year.

The PIEF General Scholarship fund includes the former Carl Zellers Scholarship, Central Ohio Scholarship, Southern Ohio Scholarship and the SkillsOhio/VICA Scholarship funds.


Graphic Arts Council (GAC) of Cleveland Scholarship Funds

For nearly 50 years, the Graphic Arts Council (GAC) has assisting northern Ohio area students through the GAC Scholarship Program. The program was established to further the education of our youth in preparation for tomorrow's employment opportunities in the graphic communications industry of northern Ohio. Traditionally, these scholarships have been funded by companies and people, representing all segments of our diverse industry. More than 70 percent of the students awarded scholarships will return to the northern Ohio area after graduation. GAC scholarship recipients are reviewed and selected by GAC members, based on financial need and their pursuits within the graphic communications industry.

For more information on applying for the GAC Scholarship Program, please call Tom Chubb, Old Trail Printing, at tchubb@oldtrailprinting or (614) 443-4852.


reidvanceR. Reid Vance Scholarship Fund

The R. Reid Vance Scholarship Fund was founded to commemorate and memorialize R. Reid Vance, accountant, association executive and consultant to the Printing Industry of Central Ohio (PICO) for nearly 55 years. During this time, he was dedicated to professional advancement in the printing industry through education, service, and leadership. He achieved a reputation far and wide as a forceful figure and leader in progressive and constructive thought for the betterment of the printing industry and its associated trades. The R. Reid Vance Scholarship Fund was made possible through the generous contribution of Grace Vance to memorialize the dedication and significant achievements of her late husband.

The scholarship has now been established as a maximum $5,000 scholarship to be awarded annually to one or more high school students planning to attend a PIEF approved graphic communications program.

Currently, approved schools are as follows:

  • Arkansas State University
  • Cal Poly
  • Cincinnati State Technical College
  • Clemson University
  • Ferris State University
  • Murray State University
  • Pittsburgh State (Kansas)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Houston
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • West Virginia Tech


GracevanceGrace H. Vance Memorial Scholarship

The Grace H. Vance Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2008 to honor Grace H. Vance, whose foresight and generous contributions established the R. Reid Vance Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1981. She established the fund to commemorate her husband Reid who served as an association executive and consultant to the Printing Industry Association for nearly 55 years.

While Reid's dream of setting up a scholarship fund did not occur during his lifetime, Grace was able to see his goal to fruition by establishing an endowment in his name. This endowment provides $10,000 in scholarships each year. Grace's commitment to education and the printing industry will continue to foster future generations of students seeking careers in the industry through the award of three Grace H. Vance Memorial Scholarships annually.


Bill StickneyWilliam L. Stickney Endowed Scholarship Fund

William L. Stickney served the printing industry in Ohio for over 35 years before his retirement in 1999. During his tenure, he served as president of the Printing Industries of Central Ohio and the consolidated Printing Industries Association, Inc. serving Northern Kentucky and Ohio (PIANKO). During that time, he earned the reputation of being both a trusted and valued source of industry information and a mentor for those who worked with him.

Bill Stickney served as president for the Graphic Arts Association Executives and president of the Ohio Society of Association Executives. He also served as a member of the Government Affairs Committee, the Association Relations Council and the Board of Directors of the Printing Industries of America.

Upon his retirement, he was honored with the establishment of the William L. Stickney Endowed Scholarship Fund, created to benefit students pursing coursework in printing management, printing technology.


hopkins scholarshipHopkins Printing Endowed Scholarship Fund

Jim Hopkins started Hopkins Printing in 1974. With $3,000 in start-up capital, he began printing out of his garage. Today, Hopkins Printing is one of central Ohio's largest commercial sheetfed printing companies with 100 employees, 300 customers and $18 million in sales for 2015.

Hopkins Printing has always been a wholehearted supporter of vocational and college-level graphic communications education because it realizes the value and importance education plays in the printing industry. Financial support of education is an investment in the future. Hopkins Printing is committed to training and growing the printing industry through skilled, creative and competent workers.

In 2001, The Hopkins Family created the Hopkins Printing Endowed Scholarship Fund in order to assist the future printers of America.


Cleveland Club of Litho and Printing House Craftsmen Endowed Scholarship

In 2007, the Cleveland Club of Litho and Printing House Craftsmen closed their doors, but not before creating an endowed scholarship for Cleveland area students, seeking a degree in a printing or graphic imaging discipline. The goal of the organization is to reach out into the future and continue to create opportunities to endure that the printing and graphic imaging industry will find bright, motivated and talented new employees.


The GCIU Local 546M Scholarship Fund

The Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU) in northeast Ohio has created a scholarship fund, the Local 546M Health and Welfare Fund as part of the PIEF Family of Scholarship Funds.  It is designed to provide scholarships to members of GCC/IBT Local 546M, their children, and grandchildren attending full-time an accredited college, with a strong desire to work in the graphic communications industry. 

Applicants must be active members of GCC/IBT Local 546M or any successor organization, the son or daughter of an active or retired member of GCC/IBT Local 546M or any successor organization, or the grandson or granddaughter of an active or retired member of Local 546M or any successor organization.  For eligibility information please call (216) 741-5722

Since 2001, PIEF has provided scholarships for 150 students from all over Ohio and northern Kentucky, distributing nearly $200,000 to talented and deserving students. These students have attended a number of colleges in the area including Akron University, Kent State University, Cincinnati State College, Bowling Green State University, and many others.

 February 2018 

Central Council Meeting

February 22, 2018

88 Dorchester Square, Westerville, OH

Southern Council Meeting

March 1, 2018

Cornerstone, 2101 Florence Ave. Cincinnati OH 45206

Board of Directors Meeting

March 15, 2018

InPlant Peer Group

March 27, 2018

OSU UniPrint

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