2016 IAPD Scholarship Recipients

IAPD member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in a professional sales program (major, minor or concentration) are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship. College-bound high school seniors are also eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to award a 2015 scholarship in the amount of US$4,500 to the following students:

  • Danielle Gillis, daughter of Timothy and Claudia Gillis, employees of F. W. Webb Company
  • Andrew Hebel, son of James Hebel, an employee of Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products
  • Faith Holloway, daughter of Max Holloway, an employee of Georg Fischer, LLC
  • Nadeen Jafar, daughter of Mohammed K. Jafar, an employee of SIMONA America, Inc.
  • Cameron Miller, son of John Miller, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc.
  • Nicholas Nun, a polymer sciences student
  • Vanessa Phung, daughter of Antoine Phung, and employee of Technetics Group
  • Michael Russell, son of Mike Russell, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc.
  • Andrew Ulizzi, son of Donald Ulizzi, an employee of Curbell Plastics, Inc.
  • Makenzie Wethington, daughter of Kipp Walden, an employee of Nationwide Plastics, Inc.
  • Tyler Wilson, son of Anthony Wilson, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc.
  • Erik Wuerfel, son of Todd Wuerfel, an employee of Piedmont Plastics/li>

IAPD congratulates each student on their outstanding achievements and wishes each of them continued success.

Hear from past IAPD scholarship recipients about how the scholarship program impacted their college experience.

Danielle Gillis

Danielle Gillis is entering her sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island, where she is studying to be a pharmacist. During her first year in college, she was chosen to be a tour guide for prospective students and made the Dean’s list. In high school, she received many honors including being named student of the month for AP Chemistry, National Honor Society membership, the Principal Leadership Award and the James Rokas Leadership Award for Northeastern Massachusetts, given to outstanding students who demonstrate leadership, hard work and determination. In addition, she was chosen to be Class Essayist and was honored to read her essay during her high school graduation ceremony. Danielle is the daughter of Timothy and Claudia Gillis, employees of F. W. Webb Company.

Andrew Hebel

Andrew Hebel is entering his freshman year at Rochester Polytechnic Institute, where he is studying mechanical engineering. He has been on the high honor roll throughout high school, is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in band and the Tech Student Association (TSA). He received two first place awards in a TSA Regional Competition, for electrical research and experimentation and for the technology bowl. Andrew also participated in ice hockey, where he was a team captain, cross country and track. In addition, he is a Boy Scout senior patrol leader and Eagle Scout. Andrew is the son of James Hebel, an employee of Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products.

Faith Holloway

Faith Holloway is entering her freshman year at Chapman University, where she plans to major in biological sciences. During her high school career, she has received numerous academic awards, including becoming a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honor Society. Her academic performance has also earned her the title of scholar athlete. She is a member of the Honor Guard, which consists of the top 20 students in her class, based on academic and extracurricular excellence. Faith was designated as an AP Scholar with Distinction by the College Board due to her performance on advanced placement (AP) tests she took as a sophomore and junior. She was also named a National Merit Semifinalist based on her performance on the PSAT as a junior, which was in the top one percent of students tested. Faith’s extracurricular activities include being captain of the women’s soccer team, editor-in-chief of the school magazine, camp counselor and math tutor. Faith is the daughter of Max Holloway, an employee of Georg Fischer, LLC.

Nadeen Jafar

Nadeen Jafar is entering her freshman year at the University of Scranton, where she plans to major in biology and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon. She is on her high school’s honor roll, a member of the National Honors Society, belongs to the National Youth Leadership Forum and was selected to be her school’s representative for the National Student Leadership Conference. Nadeen plays violin in her school’s chamber orchestra, is leader of the classics club and has participated in numerous volunteer activities. Nadeen is the daughter of Mohammad K. Jafar, an employee of SIMONA America, Inc.

Cameron Miller

Cameron Miller is entering his freshman year at Freed Hardeman University, where he plans to major in Biblical Arts and parent/family counseling and eventually become a minister. He has received the AP Scholar award, which is given to high school students who pass three or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Cameron’s extracurricular activities include being president of his school’s Young Democrats, president of the student-run bank, a varsity member of the track and field team and the Future Business Leaders of America, as well as numerous volunteer activities. Cameron is the son of John Miller, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc.

Nicholas Nun

Nicholas Nun is a graduate student at the University of Akron, where he is studying polymer chemistry and plans to become a polymer chemist. During high school, Nicholas was on the A-Honor roll each trimester because of his high grade point average and was inducted into the National Honor Society. He took several advanced placement classes and college-level German. He also participated on the school’s varsity football team, was captain of the track and field team, an Eagle Scout and troop leader in the Boy Scouts of America as well as his church youth group.  

Vanessa Phung

Vanessa Phung is entering her freshman year at the University of St. Thomas, where she plans to major in biochemistry and hopes to become a pediatrician. She is her high school valedictorian, president of her school’s National Honor Society, varsity captain of the tennis team, section leader in band and volunteers at her church teaching Vietnamese and Bible Study. As part of the University Interscholastic League Academics, she has received awards for placing first, second, fourth and sixth in various math and science subjects. Vanessa is the daughter of Antoine Phung, an employee of Technetics Group.

Michael Russell

Michael Russell is entering his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he plans to major in engineering and mechanical engineering. He has been on the academic Honor Roll in every semester in high school. Michael is a member of the High School Jesuit Honor Society, which recognizes a select number of students who excel in leadership, community service, academics and compassion for others. As a member of the Jesuit Honor Society, he tutors underclassmen who are struggling in school. He was also granted the Esmark All-American award, which is given to students with exceptional academic, athletic and character. Michael’s school principal and others in the administration hand picked him to be the leader of a group of 50 students on a retreat, which involved a great deal of responsibility. He was captain of the school’s varsity soccer team, played club soccer and was also involved in community service work. Michael is the son of Mike Russell, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc. His scholarship is from the Dwight Cope Memorial Fund. 

Andrew Ulizzi

Andrew Ulizzi is entering his freshman year at Ohio State University, where he plans to major in biomedical engineering with a focus on pre-medicine. Among Andrew’s academic honors are being on the principal’s list and honor roll every quarter throughout high school, the National Honor Society and being an AP Scholar with Distinction, which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all Advanced Placement (AP) exams they take and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Andrew played baseball all four years of high school, earning his varsity letter during his junior year. He also played on a summer travel baseball team and volunteered with a local food bank. Andrew is the son of Donald Ulizzi, an employee of Curbell Plastics, Inc.

Makenzie Wethington

Makenzie Wethington is entering her freshman year at the University of Oklahoma, where she plans to major in pre-med and eventually become a surgeon. She was inducted into the National Honor Society during her freshman year of high school and has been a member all four years. Makenzie has been on the A-Honor Roll throughout high school and has received an outstanding citizenship award all four years. She has participated on the student council and as a student athletic trainer. Makenzie is the daughter of Kipp Walden, an employee of Nationwide Plastics, Inc. 

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson is entering his freshman year at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering. For all four years of his high school career, he has been on the honor roll as well as in the varsity all district academic teams for basketball, baseball and soccer. He is varsity captain of the basketball and soccer teams and received the Lyon Award for baseball. In addition, Tyler has served in a leadership role in his church. Tyler is the son of Anthony Wilson, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc.

Erik Wuerfel

Erik Wuerfel is entering his freshman year at Clemson University, where he plans to major in engineering. During high school, he has twice met the requirements for an academic letter, and has been recognized as a successful magnet student, which is an honor for students who have completed six math, science and technology courses. Erik has participated in his high school’s cross country team all four years and is team captain. He has also participated in his school’s outdoors club. Erik is the son of Todd Wuerfel, an employee of Piedmont Plastics. His scholarship is from the Greg Berry Memorial Fund.