CPA Can Help with Your College Education!

scholarshipThe CPA is committed to supporting the advancement of students who are pursuing a degree in packaging or a packaging-related field. We also help individuals who are looking to improve their professional background and or increase their skill set in the packaging world.

The CPA has teamed up with My Scholarship Central and we are proud to offer the following two scholarships to those looking to, support, innovate, improve, and advance the future of our industry. All you need to do is create a My Scholarship Central Account to apply!

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Contract Packaging Association Collegiate Scholarship

Collegiate Scholarships are open to students sponsored by a CPA member in good standing with the Association within the United States and Canada (via a supporting-letter providing applicant-relationship). These three scholarships for $1000 each provide additional support to students as they navigate through their packaging career.

Applicants for these scholarships must be:

  • Sponsored by a CPA member in good standing with the Association within the United States and Canada (via a supporting-letter providing applicant-relationship).
  • Enrolled in a two or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school studying a curriculum in packaging or a packaging-related field.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher.

Scholarship Amount:

3 awards of $1000 each.

Apply for Collegiate Scholarship


Contract Packaging Association Professional-Certification/Workplace-Grant Scholarship

Certification Scholarships are open to employees and family members of employees whose sponsor is a current member of the CPA in good standing. These scholarships provide additional support to industry professionals looking to enhance their skillsets. Scholarships will be awarded throughout the year once proof of registration for a certificate program or class is provided to the CPA and reviewed by the scholarship judges. Scholarship applications must be approved by the judges PRIOR to taking the course. Course(s) fees cannot exceed $2,000.

Applicants for these scholarships must:

  • Sponsored by a CPA member in good standing with the Association within the United States and Canada (via a supporting-letter providing applicant-relationship).
  • Applicants will be pursuing a continuing education program certificate/class at a university, vocational, or technical school in a field related to Packaging and must be able to provide proof of registration.

Award Amount:

Will be dependent on the course or courses that are completed (the application and award amount(s) must be approved PRIOR to taking the course).

Course fees cannot exceed $2000.

Apply for Certification Scholarship

For any questions about CPA scholarships, please email [email protected].


Now Accepting Donations

Looking to help support students and industry professionals alike? Please donate to the CPA Scholarship Fund! Your donation allows us to expand our scholarship opportunities and the amounts we are able to provide. The CPA appreciates your time and consideration in deciding to donate to our Scholarship Fund!


2020 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2020 CPA Scholarship Recipients

CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers, has awarded scholarships to four worthy students studying, packaging or business-related fields.


More information on the four winners below:


Jack KelleyCongratulations to Jack Kelley, winner of a $2,000 CPA scholarship. Kelley is working toward a Supply Chain and Logistics degree with a minor in economics at The Military College of South Carolina. He will be entering his sophomore year in the fall. Kelley intends to be involved with internship opportunities to stay connected to the Charleston business community and hopes to also travel outside of the United States in order to expand his knowledge. When he completes his degree, Kelley hopes to enter the supply chain and risk management field.



Ryan NielsonCongratulations to Ryan Nielson, winner of a $1,000 CPA scholarship. Expecting to graduate in Dec. 2020, Nielson is working toward a Packaging Science degree at Clemson University. Nielson is passionate about deriving new ways to solve old problems in a fashion that harmonizes the collective goals of sustainability and functionality. He wants to think ahead of the market and give the consumer innovative packaging that they need before they’re aware of it. Upon graduation, Nielson plans on pursuing a career in flexible or corrugated packaging that is solution driven.



Claire FrainCongratulations to Claire Frain, winner of a $1,000 CPA Scholarship. Frain is working toward a Marketing degree at Quinlan School of Business: Loyola University Chicago. She is entering her Junior year in the fall. Currently working three days per week as a digital marketing specialist in the packaging industry, Frain is currently focusing on finishing school with a high GPA and solidifying lasting connections with her professors to help her achieve her future career goals.



Lance LegereCongratulations to Lance Lagere, winner of a $1,000 CPA Scholarship. Legere is working toward a communication degree with a minor in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University. He will be entering his senior year in the fall. From a young age, Lagere has had a passion for broadcasting. Once in high school, he solidified his passion by taking a class that allowed him to write sports articles for a local daily newspaper and also called high school sports games on a local radio station. Upon graduation, Legere plans on pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.