TAPPI has long been the leader in recognizing excellence in the pulp, paper, and packaging industries. TAPPI has the following types of recognition

Many of the TAPPI’s Division level and all of the Association level recognition involve various prizes and/or cash awards. The two top Association awards (the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal and the Joachim Distinguished Service Award) involve substantial sums, typically in excess of US$65,000. The endowments to support these awards as well as many of the named Division level awards were given by leaders in the industry to further excellence in the profession. These award endowments are administered by TAPPI Foundation as part of its mission.