Award Requirements: Scholarship Activities

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Alum Joe Henderson

To assist you in getting the most valuable and well-rounded exposure to the pulp and paper industry, the Paper Technology Foundation and Western Michigan University's Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering have been busy developing some activities that will help you better realize the limitless career opportunities by interacting with your classmates, faculty and the industry’s leaders—your future employers.

The paper and allied industry is providing scholarships to develop talented scientists and engineers to enter the field. Experience in the industry provides students with insight that is educational and professionally developmental. Consequently, scholarship awards require students to gain exposure to the industry early in their career.

The following criteria are required to ensure proper industry exposure:



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  1. Write a personalized Paper Technology Foundation scholarship thank you letter each semester or academic year as appropriate.
  2. Attend the fall Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering meet-and-greet and first Ts’ai Lun student organization meeting.
  3. Attend the Paper Technology Foundation Annual Scholarship Recognition and Mentoring Program events (fall and spring).
  4. Attend the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Engineering Expo career fair (three minimum contacts required). Register and update profile on BroncoJOBS by Sept. 30 after freshman year of study.
  5. Join Ts’ai Lun registered student organization each semester of study as a dues-paying member at $10 per semester and attend four Ts’ai Lun registered student organization meetings per year (two meetings per semester) to learn about industry jobs and corporations.
  6. Attend at least one industry field trip or employer night each semester.
  7. Attend an in-person meeting to review resume or mock interview with recruiter or Paper Technology Foundation managing director every fall.
  8. Obtain a periodic review of professional career and academic progression by the Paper Technology Foundation managing director.
  9. Must have held an internship or co-op by junior year completion to be eligible for a senior year performance-based scholarship or must have held an internship by sophomore year to be eligible for a competitive or leadership scholarship.

  10. Volunteer a minimum of four hours per semester for paper activities.

Please note: Year of study refers to the class or level in the paper engineering program.  Co-op students are exempt from PTF activity requirements during the semester away on co-op.

Lack of participation in sponsored events and not achieving these requirements will result in your Paper Technology Foundation scholarship award being rescinded and will be taken into consideration when awarding future Paper Technology Foundation scholarships. Paper Technology Foundation scholarships are awarded on a funds-available basis.

Ts'ai Lun/TAPPI student officers

President: Christine Dowdy; christine.m.dowdy@wmich.edu
Vice president: Stephen Bussa; stephen.h.bussa@wmich.edu
Treasurer: Matt Muhs; matthew.p.muhs@wmich.edu
Secretary: Tyler Jones; tyler.m12.jones@wmich.edu
Publicity: Geoffrey Mallet; geoffrey.e.mallett@wmich.edu 
Student mentor: Jen Johnson; jen.johnson@wmich.edu