APPMA Annual Scholarship for a Diploma in Packaging Technology.

APPMA_150x100The APPMA, in conjunction with the AIP, have been running the annual scholarship program for nine years now giving a packaging technologist, designer or engineer, the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of over $9000..

WHO AM I? Diploma in Packaging Technology students are from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, and are typically experienced practitioners or managers in technical, sales/marketing, QA, purchasing, engineering or design.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME? Completion of the Diploma in Packaging Technology demonstrates your commitment to your career and to the industry. Delegates who successfully complete the Diploma are equipping themselves for senior positions within the packaging industry.

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2016 APPMA Diploma Scholarship Winner

The APPMA are very proud to announce the winner of the eight annual scholarship program which enables one person each year the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9000.2016_JUNE_Post_APPMA_scholarship_winner_1_450px

The Diploma in Packaging Technology prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is internationally recognised, comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.

The judges would like to recognise each of the five finalists as they are fine examples of the future leaders of this industry.

The finalists were
• Shabbeer Ahmed Shaik Mohammed, Packaging Engineer, General Mills
• Liz Cagorski, Creative Director, Liza Rose Design & Communications
• Michael Seaman, Packaging & Process Improvement Specialist, Integria Healthcare
• Evone Tang, Quality Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company
• Dineshan Thangavel, Packaging Technologist, LION


The winner for the 2016 APPMA Scholarship winner is Michael Seaman, Packaging & Process Improvement Specialist, Integria Healthcare.

Michael was an outstanding candidate who is extremely passionate about packaging. He has a broad understanding of the applications and implications of packaging and the judges believe his passion will greatly assist his studies.

In Michael’s own words “The impact of packaging on, and within, business continues to have me hooked. Moreover, the opportunities to impact both product and the environment, through the choices made on packaging related matters, reinforces that the packaging arena is for me. Put simply, I love working in the field of packaging, and my desire to continue the journey of learning, and applying those learnings, continues to grow.”

Michael will commence his Diploma in Packaging Technology this year and both the APPMA and the AIP look forward to seeing him graduate in a few years.

2015 APPMA Diploma Scholarship Winners


2015 joint scholarship winners Alexandra Brayshaw (left), and Alysha Baggett (right) accepting their diploma scholarships from from AIP National President, Ralph Moyle FAIP (left) and APPMA Chairman, Mark Dingley (right)

In front of over 380 people during the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards at the Crown Towers the APPMA announced the winner of the seventh annual scholarship program which enables one person each year to study a Diploma in Packaging Technology.

All of the candidates had a sound desire to learn more about packaging but due to the quality submissions that were received this year the APPMA has agreed to provide two scholarships to the value of $20,000,

According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman, APPMA, “The winners of the 2015 APPMA Scholarship are Alysha Baggett, Packaging Technologist, Frucor Beverages and Alexandra Brayshaw, Accessibility Design Researcher, Arthritis Australia,”

“Alysha Baggett displayed a sound understanding of what is involved and showed great interest beyond the basics of packaging technology. She has the right credentials, knows what she wants to achieve and appears to have the drive to make it all happen. Alysha has the basic academic qualifications in place to build upon and her current workplace and general interests certainly gave her the edge over other applicants. The judges believe that she has sound inherent qualities of mind and character, has a solid foundation with a good positive outlook, the will to achieve and an excellent track record in her short working career. Alysha wants to be the best in her portfolio. She is a worthy recipient and we wish her well,” Mr Dingley said.

“Alexandra Brayshaw has displayed great tenacity over a number of years, driven by her passion and enjoyment of her work and involvement in a very interesting sector of packaging. The judges believe that she will do well in this particular field by making those contributions that they seek in their scholarship winners. It was a very tough and gruelling interviewing process this year with very little % points separating the top 4 applications, but we felt that Alexandra had the edge on the others, and something that we in packaging look forward to experiencing more from her, in the years to come.” he said.

The two other finalists were Marianna McEwan, Contract Packaging Technologist, Frucor Beverages and Mona Parnian, Quality Systems Engineer, Wellman Packaging.

 Aleah Back wins 2014 APPMA Diploma Scholarship


During the 2014 AIP National Conference at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney the APPMA announced the winner of the sixth annual scholarship program which enables one person each year to study a Diploma in Packaging Technology.

Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA announced that the 2014 APPMA scholarship winner is Aleah Back, Packaging Engineer, Johnson and Johnson Pacific.

According to Mr Dingley “Aleah is an ideal candidate for the scholarship as she has shown a huge interest and commitment in undertaking the Diploma in Packaging Technology. She has both academic and practical expertise in the industry and is keen to expand her Technical Education in the Packaging Industry.”

“Aleah not only has an interest in packaging but also the engineering process and she has had the opportunity to learn about injection technology, in-mould labelling and advanced robotic production systems. Aleah will commence her Diploma in Packaging Technology this year and we look forward to seeing her graduate.” Mr Dingley said.

The APPMA would also like to congratulate all the finalists as they were of exceptional calibre this year. The three other finalists were Alexandra Brayshaw, Research Assistant, Arthritis Australia, Mirvic Camacho, Packaging Engineer, Murray Goulburn and Sumit Kini, Continuous Improvement Specialist, Orora Glass.