Riley Samari is Recipient of the 2014 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship

HARTLAND, Wis., (December 8, 2014) — Riley Samari, a student at Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota, is the recipient of the 2014 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp.

This scholarship, awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any of PMMI’s partner schools was established in honor of Richard Ryan, the former president and CEO of Dorner, who passed away suddenly in September 2012.  Ryan was a member of the PMMI Board of Directors and encouraged lifelong learning. His commitment to education inspired the creation of this memorial scholarship.

Riley currently holds a 4.0 GPA while studying Mechatronics at ATCC. He’s an intern this year at Douglas Scientific, a company that specializes in DNA dispensing technology. Riley said his position at Douglas Scientific allows him to use his skills in Mechatronics and positions him well for a career following graduation from ATCC in May 2015.

In its second year, the scholarship is awarded to a student who presents merit in GPA, faculty recommendation and commitment to excellence within the packaging industry. Students applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be enrolled in either a two- or four-year school and pursuing an undergraduate degree
  • Be majoring in packaging engineering or a related area
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the packaging area
  • Be currently enrolled and attending a PMMI partnering school
  • Demonstrate extra-curricular involvement, such as athletics
  • Have a recommendation from faculty
  • Have a financial need

Founded in 1933, PMMI is a trade association made up of more than 650 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging and processing, and its mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to succeed in a global marketplace.

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