Clemson – The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) released a new scholarship this year, providing six of the top college students studying packing science and processing with a $5,000 award. Savannah Marsh, a Clemson University packaging science student, was one of the six recipients of the Pack Expo Scholarship this past August.

“I am very grateful that the industry wants to support students like me. Due to their generosity, I can spend more time focusing on my classes to learn more about our industry than worrying about where funding for my education will come from,” said Marsh, who is from Fort Mill.

Savannah Marsh

Savannah Marsh

The Pack Expo Scholarship program provides $30,000 annually, with each recipient receiving a $5,000 scholarship to support the education and development of the future packaging and processing workforce.

In order for students to be considered for this award, they must have at least one college semester remaining, attend a PMMI Partner School and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Marsh, who worked for growing Fortune 500 company Berry Global this past summer as a product development intern, said that she wants to use that experience to help develop more sustainable packaging.

“It is important to me that whatever company I end up working for has the goal of innovation in sustainability in mind,” said Marsh. “As the people who produce the packaging that often gets throw away, I believe it is our responsibility to design new and creative ways to reduce the amount of packaging that ends up in landfills and help educate the public on better ways to discard their trash.”

Jeffery Rhodehamel, Clemson’s Food, Nutrition and Packaging Science Department Chair, believes that students like Marsh help shed light on the department’s prestigious program.

“Savannah is another student who shows how strong our program is because these are outside scholarship opportunities. It really is a testament to our excellent program that is made up of excellent students,” said Rhodehamel.

While her hard work and dedication earned Marsh these opportunities and awards, she owes part of her successes to family and Clemson faculty who have helped her along her journey.

“I would like to thank CAFLS and Paula Beecher for always sending out information about various scholarships to students. I also want to thank William Snyder (Packaging Science Lecturer at the Sonoco Institute). I want to thank my family for always pushing me to achieve great things and supporting me in everything I do. Lastly, I want to thank the people at PMMI for giving me this opportunity,” Marsh said.