Collegiate and CAS/MAS

Two separate programs and both provide important education

Collegiate Scholarships

UMAPP Partners with PPEF for Collegiate Scholarships  UMAPP is offering a $1,000 collegiate scholarship through a competitive application process to all staff of UMAPP member companies and their children.  

This program replaces the previous application process through Scholarship America.  

Why PPEF?  The Promotional Products Education Foundation is an industry-based educational, charitable, and nonprofit organization.   PPEF awards college scholarships to students who have a parent working in the promotional products industry or who are working for a company in the industry.  

Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF;, is pleased to announce that the 2021 PPEF scholarship program is now taking applications for the 2021-2022 school year with $278,750 in scholarships available. Since its inception in 1989, PPEF has awarded over $2.4 million in financial assistance.

Funded by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and donations from the promotional products industry, the scholarship program enables youth and professionals to continue their education on a collegiate level. The Association and industry patrons have a long-standing commitment of service to the promotional products industry and this fund supports those who demonstrate the same commitment.

“PPEF awarded 160 scholarships in 2020. In setting the 2021 budget, the PPEF Board of Trustees wanted to keep the same level of commitment to the industry and its families. We’re expecting 2021 to be a tough fundraising environment, but PPEF will award 160 scholarships, valued at $278,750, for the 2021-2022 school year,” said Sara Besly, PPEF Executive Director.

UMAPP is always thinking of ways to maximize member benefits and to manage the best financial decisions.  Moving to PPEF to offer collegiate scholarships to our members will provide excellent opportunities for students, yet also allow UMAPP to direct funds into other areas that are needed by our members.  

APPLY HERE    Deadline:  March 15, 2021

  • High school seniors should complete the 4-year application (which will qualify them as well for the UMAPP one-year, $1,000 scholarship). 
  • Current college students should complete the one-year application (and choose "UMAPP" as their regional when prompted).  

CAS/MAS Scholarships 

Congratulations to Carter Sharp of Gator Garb, Inc.  who applied for and was awarded the 2021 scholarship for $500.  

In case you haven't noticed, this program has been revamped and now consists of three, $500 scholarships available to staff of UMAPP member companies.  Recipients are chosen by a separate UMAPP committee who reviews each application and awards the scholarships based on need and professional development goals. 

The scholarships may be used for any professional development that earns CEUs (continuing education credits).  Suggestions include PPAI educational events and webinars.  

The 2021 application has closed.  Check back here in September 2021 for the 2022 application.  


2020 Scholarship Winners:

Chris Babiash - MA Apparel 

Hannah Owen - Gold Bond, Inc.

Sabrina Franz - SnugzUSA

Would you like to learn more about PPAI's industry certification program for TAS, CAS, MAS and MAS+?  Email:  [email protected]