Richard C. Ryan Scholarship awarded to Michigan State student


Aug 11, 2015

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and Dorner Manufacturing announced Michigan State University's Alexandra Slagle as the recipient of the 2015 Richard C. Ryan Scholarship.

“Every year there are more and more applicants for scholarships in the packaging industry,” said Maria Ferrante, vice president of Education & Workforce Development, PMMI. “This year was no exception, and Alexandra certainly raised the bar for future applicants.”

According to PMMI, Slagle’s application focused on a scope of learning that extended beyond her packaging major coursework to encompass engineering and physics, and emphasized the critical role packaging can play in battling hunger in developing countries.

“This was a difficult decision because of the quality of all of our applicants, but we’re pleased to have selected Alexandra Slagle as the recipient of the Richard C. Ryan Scholarship for 2015,” said Jim Barwick, director of human resources, Dorner Mfg. Corp. “She has a clear understanding of the field, has a plan, shows passion and we were particularly impressed by her international perspective.”

The $2,000 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship was established in memory of Richard C. Ryan, former president and CEO of Dorner Manufacturing Corporation, a PMMI member company. It is one of several scholarships administered by the PMMI Foundation, which provides more than $100,000 annually in scholarships to students and has provided more than $1.5 million in support since 1998.

For more information on the PMMI Scholarship program, contact Dawn Smith, education program coordinator, at or 571.612.3204.

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