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ICPF Programs

Educational outreach is at our core. ICPF continues to develop relationships with schools through communications, sponsorships, and funding. ICPF funds programs for packaging/graphic majors and has expanded outreach to include non-packaging majors (i.e. supply chain, business, marketing, etc.) ICPF is also working to build relationships and programs with trade/vocational schools and high schools to educate students on the many benefits of choosing a #CareerInCorrugated.  

ICPF invests in education. Find below a list of opportunities for your school or students to partner with ICPF.

ICPF is excited to introduce our WHY BOXES contest, which provides high school, trade & vocational school, and college students with the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip with ICPF to SuperCorrExpo, the premier trade show and conference dedicated to the corrugated packaging industry, in Orlando, FL on September 9-11, 2024

Students at Cal Poly will receive two Zund digital cutting tables on behalf of ICPF in 2024.

Sponsorship Requests

In addition to the University Awards Program, ICPF is accepting sponsorship requests year-round to help grow your students’ exposure to the corrugated packaging industry. Consider submitting your request to continue to grow the corrugated workforce now and into the future. Keep the following details in mind:

  • ICPF will accept sponsorship requests year-round for funding opportunities.
  • Sponsorship requests should be smaller requests and may include any initiative that will enhance student exposure and/or education to the corrugated packaging industry.
  • ICPF will evaluate each request and determine availability for funding on a case-by-case basis.
University Awards Program

ICPF’s University Awards Program provides funding to colleges and universities with the intent to help maintain, grow or enhance your packaging or related programs. To date, ICPF has donated over $12.5 million in corrugated equipment at our partner institutions. In 2023, ICPF generated renewed interest and engagement from our partnering educational institutions through the University Awards Program. A total of 10 universities submitted requests for funding totaling $1,244,624 that included equipment for packaging design and graphic media printing, state of the art research materials, and resources to support packaging faculty and grow coursework. The ICPF Board approved five proposals that will receive funding in 2024. See the guidelines for you institution’s proposal below:

  • ICPF will accept proposals through September 1, 2024.
  • Proposals should be for larger requests, generally over $250,000, and may include requests for equipment software donation, resources to maintain or grow corrugated packaging or related programs.
  • Include details of your proposal, a timetable of completion, relevant program enrollment, annual number of graduates with printing/packaging-related degrees.
  • Please include any past participation in ICPF programs and/or previous awards received from ICPF (for recording purposes.
  • Please limit to 1-3 pages.

Students currently pursuing an academic path related to a career in the pulp, paper, or corrugated industry have the opportunity to take advantage of a variety of scholarship opportunities through AICC – The Independent Packaging Association, TAPPI, PMMI, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), and more.

Explore the following scholarship options to help students interested in a #CareerInCorrugated take their education to the next level!