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Awards, Competitions, Scholarships

Cultivating and recognizing excellence within the Graphic Communications Industry.

Harold W. Gegenheimer Awards for Industry Service

APTech’s Harold W. Gegenheimer Awards for Industry Service, established in 1993, are presented annually to a member company of APTech, and an individual employed by a member company, to recognize leadership and commitment to building a strong future for the printing and publishing industry and its suppliers.

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Positively Print Award

The Positively Print program recognizes companies involved in the print production process that market, through their company-branded promotional activities, the value, effectiveness and sustainability of print.

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APTech Endowed Scholarship Fund

APTech (formerly NPES) created the Regis J. Delmontagne Endowed Scholarship fund honoring NPES President Regis J. Delmontagne, recognizing his 25-year anniversary as the Association’s chief executive. The purpose of the endowed scholarship is twofold: to encourage bright young people to plan for careers in the industry and to benefit the employees and children of APTech member companies.

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GAERF Student Design Competition

This annual competition invites secondary and post-secondary students studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program to demonstrate their creativity, design, and printing skills. Each year, there is a new theme and challenge.

First place winners receive an award of $2,000 plus a two-day all expenses paid trip to attend PRINT in Chicago, IL. Second place winners are awarded $1,500. The third place winners receive $1,000.

See 2018 competition details and entry form.

SkillsUSA Championships

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

GAERF partners with SkillsUSA by supporting the Skills USA Championship—Graphic Communications Competition through coordination of competition design, sponsorship, equipment donations, and volunteer support.