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2015 winner of the APPMA scholarship announced

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," 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 percentage points separating the top four 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.