Remembering a Long-Time Supporter and Advocate of FTA and Flexographic Industry.

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The Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship, sponsored by Foundation of FTA (FFTA) and its Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC), was established to honor the late Gary Hilliard, a tireless volunteer who gave his time and energy to FTA’s numerous endeavors and to improve the industry of which he was a vital piece.

Congratulations to the 2019 Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship Recipient

Dovie Jeffcoat

Clemson University

The Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship is open to:


(at a two-year or four-year college)


(at a two-year or four-year college)


(at a two-year or four-year college)

All Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship Applicants Must:

Be a full-time student enrolled in a qualified graphic communications curriculum.
Hold an active FTA membership.
Hold a 3.0 GPA or greater.
Complete a class project focused on flexographic printing.

To Apply for the Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship, You’ll Need:

A completed application.
A copy of your transcripts.
A letter of recommendation from a faculty adviser.
Completion of class project questions. Your project must address an issue/topic/problem facing the flexographic industry.

Apply for the Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship
Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted beginning this fall.

About Gary Hilliard

Gary Hilliard
Gary Hilliard was an active member of FTA and the flexographic industry, volunteering his time and expertise to chair numerous committees focused on the development of and technology native to flexography.

He authored numerous articles and was a significant contributor to FTA’s FIRST Design Guide. Gary served as chair of the FFTA Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2010, was a member of the FTA Board of Directors and was the recipient of several FTA awards. He was a member of the FQC Executive Committee and a founding member and chair of the Standards Working Group (SWG). Gary supported the mission of FQC by demonstrating the commitment it takes to foster success and progress.

After four decades promoting the science and research of the flexographic process, Gary was posthumously inducted into the FTA Hall of Fame in 2013. It is the recognition of Gary’s drive and passion that was the impetus for the Gary Hilliard FQC Scholarship.

About the FQC

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The Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) is a standing committee of the Foundation of FTA (FFTA). The FQC’s mission is to provide the industry with a better understanding of the factors controlling the quality of the flexographic printing process. FQC projects investigate selected process variables in order to further develop reproducible processes that allow for measurable advancements in printing technology.

About Foundation of FTA

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Founded in 1974, Foundation of FTA (FFTA) is the educational arm of Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). Its focus is supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry through training programs, scholarships, conferences, webinars, publications and other educational initiatives.