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Packaging Systems & Design Students Earn Scholarships

Feb. 3, 2015 –  

Four Packaging Systems & Design students recently were awarded scholarships by the Paperboard Packaging Alliance.  The students are Michael Fortunato, Kristine Roupas, Stephanie Betzel, and Elicia Huggins.   All of the students are seniors and will be among the first graduating class under the new Packaging Systems & Design degree program. Since 2012, a total of 12 SBIO students have been honored as recipients of PPA scholarships and received, in total, $15,000 in support.


Packaging Systems & Design Students Earn Scholarship Left to right Virginia Tech student Michael Fortunato, Kristine Roupas, Stephanie Betzel, and Elicia Huggins.


According to their website (, “the Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) is a joint initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association and the Paperboard Packaging Council.” The mission of PPA is to “promote the benefits of paperboard packaging and products to influence preference for these materials in packaging design and selection.”  In addition to scholarships, the PPA supports university packaging programs by sponsoring the prestigious annual Student Design Challenge and by providing educational materials and supplies.

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, along with the students in Packaging Systems & Design, thank the members of the Paperboard Packaging Alliance for their continued support.



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