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Packaging Corporation of America donates $1 million to Miami University

PCA CEO Mark Kowlzan (center) is shown with Miami University Paper Science and Engineering Foundation Executive Director Dr. Gary Rudemiller (left) and Foundation Executive Committee members (from left) Jim Tausche, Bob Feeser and Carl Luhrmann.

By Josh Chapin, Miami University manager of editorial services

OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University is proud to announce a $1 million donation to its Paper Science & Engineering Foundation (PSEF) by Packaging Corporation of America (PCA).

The gift will supplement the existing PCA Endowed Scholarship at Miami and will be used to fund, in part or in full, scholarships awarded to one or more eligible undergraduate students in the Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering Department. Eligible students must be juniors or seniors in the paper engineering minor, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, have demonstrated leadership potential and have demonstrated a commitment to the paper industry through work experiences.

"Packaging Corporation of America is committed to fostering the future of the paper industry," said Gary Rudemiller, executive director of PSEF. "Their generosity will continue to help Miami graduate exceptional students in the field of paper engineering."

Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, PCA offers packaging solutions by incorporating innovative processes and products and has eight mills and 94 box plants across the United States.

One of the largest producers of containerboard and corrugated packaging in the U.S., PCA is the third largest producer of uncoated freesheet in North America and has approximately 15,000 employees.

"Scholarships like the PCA Endowed Scholarship help Miami provide the best opportunities for its students," said Tom Herbert, senior vice president for University Advancement. "Support like this sets the university apart in its commitment to producing exceptional graduates and providing students with a superior academic experience."

Founded in 1960 through the donations of paper mills and corporations, PSEF continues to actively work with Miami students in the paper science and engineering program, which boasts virtually 100% placement for graduates.

PSEF support Miami's Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering Department in attracting and preparing talented and highly motivated men and women for careers of leadership within the pulp, paper and affiliated industries by providing scholarships and work experience opportunities to students. The foundation also supports faculty, enhancements to department facilities and demonstrates the value of the program to the industry.


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