With the support of industry member companies and individuals, the Promotional Products Education Foundation provides college scholarships to promotional products industry employees and their children to support general studies and industry-related educational goals.
The Promotional Products Education Foundation traces its roots back to the Carl E. Rosenfeld Education Foundation formed in 1978 by employees of the Walter W. Cribbins Co. as a birthday gift to their boss. Responsibility for that effort shifted in 1980 to the Specialty Advertising Association International. In 1986 it was again transferred, this time into the capable hands of the CAS/MAS Alumni Association. CAS/MAS was responsible for much of the infrastructure and groundwork on which today's Foundation stands. It was under the CAS/MAS Alumni Association, that the first scholarship winners were announced. In 1989, the SAAI (now Promotional Products Association International) Board agreed that the Foundation should be an Association-supported entity. The organization became the Promotional Products College Education Foundation in 1993 and in 2004, the organization's name was changed to the Promotional Products Education Foundation.
1989 - The first Four-Year Scholarships were awarded to six recipients. The awards were for $2,000 with $500 payments received for four years.
1998 - The Chairman's Scholarships were added. Two recipients received the $5,000 awards, receiving $2,500 for both their junior and senior years of college.
2000 - The amount awarded for the Four-Year Scholarships increased to $4,000 with $1,000 payments per year for four years. Eligibility for the scholarship program was expanded to include industry employees rather than just their dependents.
2005 - The One-Year Scholarships were added with these awards valued at $1,000.
2015 - Need-based payments increased to $2,000, making the Four-Year Need Scholarships worth $8,000 and the One-Year Need Scholarships worth $2,000.
2020 - The merit scholarships were increased to $1,250 payments, the need scholarships were increased to $2,250 payments and the Chairman's Scholarships were increased to $2,750 payments.
2022 – The total amount of college scholarships awarded reached $3,026,500.
Board of Trustees
PPEF is governed by an 18-member Board of Trustees. The trustees are volunteers from the promotional products industry and serve three-year terms. Many of the trustees have been active volunteers within the industry giving their time and talents to the PPAI Board of Directors, Regional Associations, and other industry committees and organizations.
Janet McMaster, MAS, Geiger
Matt Bertram, Fields Manufacturing
Immediate Past PPEF Chair
Becki Heinen, Delegate CX
PPEF Chair Elect
Dale Denham, MAS+, PPAI
Dawn Olds, MAS, HALO Branded Solutions
Immediate Past PPAI Chair
Bruce Barnet, Charles River Apparel
Natasha Beard, alphabroder Prime
Michelle Dalton, Proforma
Daryll Griffin, MAS, Accolades, Inc.
Kirby Hasseman, Hasseman Marketing
Samantha Kates, Spector & Co.
Noah Lapine, Lapine Associates
Nick Lateur, HPG Brands
Stephen McFadden, CAS, Perfect Promotions
Bill Petrie, Brandivate Marketing
Josh White, Bamko
Roni Wright, MAS, The Book Company
D'Anna Zimmer, CAS, Bag Makers, Inc.
Kathlene Brethowr, PPEF Executive Director