NEXTPACK Scholarship Program Announced to Introduce High School Students to the Packaging Industry

The NEXTPack scholarship program is spearheaded by two of Greenville’s newest leaders in educational opportunities: The NEXT School Foundation and The Packaging School.

Greenville, SC (July 31, 2017) — The packaging industry is overflowing with opportunity and needs greater collaboration between higher education and industry to develop the next generation of packaging professionals. To solve this need, the NEXT School Foundation and The Packaging School are creating a one-of-a-kind scholarship program.

The program will be a fast paced, highly interactive experience that engages high school students looking to enter the world’s third largest industry before they step foot on a college campus or in a company building. Utilizing the Packaging School’s online flagship offering, the Certificate of Packaging Science, select NEXT School Network students will embark on a twelve course program that teaches the fundamental materials, processes, and influences, such as design and sustainability, that shape the packaging industry.

To bring the lessons to life, site visits to local packaging, material handling, and manufacturing companies will be arranged. The NEXT School Foundation Packaging Scholar program will allow employers in the packaging industry to have a voice in the way their future CEOs, managers, and employees are cultivated.

“Partnering with The Packaging School allows us to continue to move the needle forward in access and opportunity for students in South Carolina which aligns directly with our mission and vision,” says Jeremy Boeh, President of the NEXT School Foundation.

The program will kick off in the Spring of 2018. If you are a NEXT School Network student or parent interested in participating, reach out to Jeremy Boeh at

If you are a company in the Upstate that would like to assist, please contact Sara Shumpert, Director of the Packaging School, at


About NEXT School Foundation

The NEXT School Foundation’s mission is to fund, research and build innovative and engaging learning experiences. Through community involvement and support, revenue generating programing, focused fundraising and educational program development. Every student will have the opportunity to achieve his/her highest potential, every educator will have the tools and resources to provide a superior education experience, and every administrator will be able to provide exemplary support and leadership by drawing on unique strengths to accelerate growth.


About The Packaging School

The Packaging School is a glimpse into the future of higher education in packaging design and engineering. As the exclusive licensee of a professional packaging curriculum developed at Clemson University’s acclaimed packaging science degree program, the Packaging School offers an affordable, 12-course, fully online certificate program in the packaging industry. The packaging school is bridging the gap between higher education and industry by partnering with companies, subject matter experts, and associations to create a shared learning ecosystem.                                                                                                  

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