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GAERF Announces Student Scholarships to Attend
SkillsUSA Championships


RESTON, VA, April 20, 2007... The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF®) is pleased to announce that it will offer nearly $25,000 in scholarships funds to the top graphic communications students in the country so that they may participate in the SkillsUSA Championships, to be held June 27-28 in Kansas City, MO. GAERF will award $250 to each of the two graphic communications SkillsUSA state winners who go on to compete in the national championships.

“GAERF is committed to supporting programs that prepare the workforce of the future,” said Ralph J. Nappi, GAERF President. “In this spirit, we are delighted to recognize our industry’s brightest students, and encourage them to consider the many exciting career opportunities that the graphic communications industry has to offer.”

The SkillsUSA Championships is an annual event designed to showcase the top career and technical education students in the nation. Each year, more than 4,800 contestants compete in 84 separate events. Its purpose is to reward students for excellence, directly involve industry in evaluating student performance and provide training relevant to employers’ needs.

About GAERF®
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation was founded in 1983 by the National Association for Printing Leadership, NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. These three national associations jointly own the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC®). GAERF was created to channel a portion of the revenues earned by GASC-managed shows into projects supporting a strong future for the industry. For additional information about the Foundation and its programs, visit the GAERF web site at

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including graphic communications. For more information on SkillsUSA, visit


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