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About the Foundation


The Promotional Products Education Foundation provides college scholarships to promotional products industry employees and their children.



The Promotional Products Education Foundation traces its roots back to the Carl E. Rosenfeld Education Foundation formed in 1978 by employees of the Walter W. Cribbins Co. as a birthday gift to their boss. Responsibility for that effort shifted in 1980 to the Specialty Advertising Association International. In 1986 it was again transferred, this time into the capable hands of the CAS/MAS Alumni Association. CAS/MAS was responsible for much of the infrastructure and groundwork on which today's Foundation stands. It was under the CAS/MAS Alumni Association, that the first scholarship winners were announced. In 1989, the SAAI (now Promotional Products Association International) Board agreed that the Foundation should be an Association-supported entity. The organization became the Promotional Products College Education Foundation in 1993 and in 2004, the organization's name was changed to the Promotional Products Education Foundation.


Important Dates

1989 - The first Four-Year Scholarships were awarded to six recipients. The awards were for $2,000 with $500 payments received for four years.

1998 - The Chairman's Scholarships were added. Two recipients received the $5,000 awards, receiving $2,500 for both their junior and senior years of college.

2000 - The amount awarded for the Four-Year Scholarships increased to $4,000 with $1,000 payments per year for four years. Eligibility for the scholarship program was expanded to include industry employees rather than just their dependents.

2005 - The One-Year Scholarships were added. These scholarships are $1,000 one-time awards.

2014 - The total amount of college scholarships awarded reached $1,267,000.


Board of Trustees

PPEF is governed by an 18-member Board of Trustees. The trustees are volunteers from the promotional products industry and serve three-year terms. Many of the trustees have been active volunteers within the industry giving their time and talents to the PPAI Board of Directors, Regional Association Council and other industry committees and organizations.


Kippie Helzel, MAS, Chair


Alan Christopher, MAS, Immediate Past Chair
DAC Marketing


Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+, Chair Elect

AIA Corporation


Paul Bellantone, CAE, Secretary/Treasurer
Promotional Products Association International


Marc Simon, Immediate Past PPAI Chair
HALO Branded Solutions


Lori Bauer

BIC Graphic North America


Cheryl Becker, MAS

Gill Studios


Rod Brown, CAS

MadeToOrder, Inc.


David DeGreeff, MAS

BigBang Corporate Apparel


Carol de Ville, MAS

The Branding Company


Patricia Dugan, MAS

Budgetcard Inc.


Lauren Fox, CAS



Ted Fuehr, MAS

Incentives International, Inc.


Mark Jenkins, MAS+

Pioneer Balloon Company


Lisa Newell, CAS

Gold Bond Inc.


Fred Parker

Activate! Promotions and Marketing


LeeAnn Schumacher

Quint Loyalty


David Tate

Signet, Inc.