PPEF is an educational, charitable, nonprofit organization that awards college scholarships to students who have a parent working in the promotional products industry or who are working for a company in the industry. Since 1989, PPEF has awarded $1,742,000 in college scholarships to 1,013 students.
In 2017, $175,000 was awarded in college scholarships. Thirty recipients received renewal payments on scholarships awarded in previous years. Eighty-seven new scholarships were awarded: 10 Four-Year College Scholarships, 2 Chairman's Scholarships, 74 One-Year College Scholarships including the Named Scholarships listed below and 1 Friends of PPMN Scholarship.
Awards are determined through a competitive application process with the recipients being announced at the end of May each year.