DETROIT—Applications are being accepted for the Bill Bregar Memorial Scholarship, which was established on behalf of the Bregar family by Crain Communications and the Society of Plastics Engineers Foundation.
This fund supports aspiring journalists and business communicators in plastics and manufacturing industries.
Bregar, who died in 2020, spent 31 years reporting on the plastics industry and joined Crain Communications' Plastics News as a staff reporter shortly before the publication's launch in 1989.
The application for his 2021 scholarship is open on the SPE Foundation website until April 1, 2021.
"Most of our scholarship applicants are engineering and science majors. We are asking members of the plastics industry to help us promote Bill's scholarship to their families, and their friends' and colleagues' families. We're looking for journalism and communications majors," says Eve Vitale, chief executive at the SPE Foundation.
"It's very important that we find strong scholars whose journalistic integrity is on par with Bill's legacy, to benefit from this scholarship," she said.
Bill was known for his support of SPE's technical divisions and could be counted on for excellent reporting on conferences and new technologies.
"Bill was very good to the Rotational Molding Division over the years," said Glenn Beall of Glenn Beall Plastics and a Plastics Hall of Fame member. "It is our privilege to support a scholarship in his name."
The SPE Foundation reports that it is halfway to the goal of $31,000 to honor Bill's 31 years at Plastics News. The fund hopes to support 10 $3,100 scholarships for deserving students and is accepting donations through the Bill Bregar Scholarship Fund website.
The SPE Foundation supports the development of plastics professionals by funding quality educational programs, grants and scholarships emphasizing science, engineering, sustainability and manufacturing while working to create inclusive opportunities for students around the world.