The Contract Packaging Association (CPA, is pleased to announce the development of a scholarship program focused on machinery. With the support of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP,, CPA will award a $2,500 scholarship to a student specializing in packaging machinery or systems.

“Participation and investment into packaging education is one of four Strategic Initiatives of the Contract Packaging Association,” says Chris Nutley, CPA Board president. “IoPP’s educational arm is powerful and opportunities like this provide students with a post-graduation foot-in-the-door that literally jump starts careers. We’re proud to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause!”

The Contract Packaging Association Packaging Machinery Scholarship comes with the following criteria: Applicants must be a student as of the fall of 2015, enrolled in an accredited college/university or vocational/training school with a technical or mechanical degree focus in packaging machinery or systems.

The talent identified through this program will be shared with IoPP Benefactor companies as a recruiting tool for their organizations.

IoPP offers six annual scholarship funds to students headed for careers in the packaging field. Through CPA, PepsiCo R&D, and IoPP Benefactor, Chapter and Technical Committee support, these scholarships have been created to elevate packaging education by raising awareness of packaging as a career choice.