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2013 IAPD Scholarship Recipients

 

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to award a 2013 scholarship to the following students:

  • Kimberly Baston, daughter of Raymond Baston, an employee of Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products
  • Andrew Buchanan, son of Tena Buchanan, an employee of Röchling Engineering Plastics
  • Vanessa Burlingame, daughter of Louis Asmus, an employee of Cast Nylons Ltd.
  • Bradley Burnett, an employee of SABIC Polymershapes
  • Kingsley Crane, son of Bill Crane, an employee of Piedmont Plastics
  • Emily Curci, daughter of Robert Curci, an employee of Piedmont Plastics
  • Katelyn Donahue, daughter of Doug Donahue, an employee of Ewing
  • Shelby Greninger, daughter of Sherry Greninger, an employee of Regal Plastic Supply Company
  • Nicholas Gross, son of Julie Clark, an employee of Regal Plastic Supply Company
  • Peter Jones, a student majoring in polymer sciences
  • Landon Kime, son of Susan Kime, an employee of Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products
  • Sara Soph, daughter of Kirby Soph, an employee of Ewing
  • William Walker, a student majoring in polymer sciences

 

IAPD member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program for polymer sciences are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.

Hear from these past scholarship recipients

Kimberly Baston
Kimberly Baston will enter Waynesburg University in the fall as a freshman majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. Her passion and natural talent for writing afforded her the role as senior editor of her high school newspaper and she placed second in a state-wide essay contest for biomedical research. Baston ranked in the top one percent of her high school class, averaging a 3.96 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a two-time recipient of the Presidential Academic Achievement Award. Baston sang in her school’s choir, was a member of the German club and the president of a district youth group, while working part-time.

Andrew Buchanan
Andrew Buchanan plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall as a freshman and will major in mechanical engineering with hopes of becoming a draftsman. In high school, he carried a cumulative grade point average of 4.3, earning him a Renaissance Gold Card, an achievement attained by carrying a GPA greater than 4.0 for all four years. Buchanan is a member of the National Beta Club and National Technical Honors Society. He was awarded the DAR Good Citizen Award and was selected as one of five representatives of his high school for the Charlotte Touchdown Club Youth Leadership Forum in 2012. Buchanan was captain of the soccer team and a youth leader.

Vanessa Burlingame
Vanessa Burlingame is a sophomore at Thiel College where she dual majors in criminal justice and sociology with plans of being a lawyer or counselor. She made the Dean’s List her freshman year and was on the honor roll in high school as well as is a member of the National Honor Society. Burlingame participated in the senior leadership club, show choir and concert choir in addition to 4H, Girl Scouts and several youth groups while working part-time. She is the first person in her family to go to college.

Bradley Burnett
Bradley Burnett graduated Magna Cum Laude (in the top 0.5 percent of his class) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and plans to earn his master of business administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carrying a 3.9 grade point average, Burnett was a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honour Society and Beta Gamma Sigma. As the ebusiness manager for IAPD member company SABIC’s Polymershapes, Burnett’s goal is to earn his graduate degree with the same merits he earned for his undergraduate degree and to further his personal and professional development.

Employees of member companies are eligible for an IAPD scholarship.

Kingsley Crane
Kingsley Crane will be a sophomore at Columbia University where he studies financial economics. He scored 34 out of 36 on his ACT exam, was president of the National Honor Society in high school and is a Harvard Book Award winner. Crane was the first place winner of the physics written contest for the University of North Carolina Charlotte Super Competition 2012 and is a member of the National Science Honor Society. He swam varsity in high school, was a representative for the InterGreek Council and taught English-as-a-second-language.

Emily Curci
Emily Curci will enter Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall as a freshman and will major in Aerospace Engineering. Curci graduated first in her high school class and was welcomed into the Cum Laude Society her junior year for her academic abilities, leadership skills and school involvement. She was recognized for her volunteer work with the Masonic Home in the Burlington County Times under its “Teen Excellence” program. Curci was a member of the engineering club, played varsity soccer and crew as well as was class treasurer and editor in chief for her school newspaper.

Katelyn Donahue
Katelyn Donahue will be a junior at Auburn University where she majors in communication disorders/psychology and plans to work as a speech-language pathologist for young children. She carries a 3.92 grade point average and has made the Dean’s List two of her three college semesters. In high school, Donahue was named a National Merit finalist, graduated in the top three percent of her class and made honor roll every year. She participates in a social sorority and honors congress/college where she is the involvement program chair. In high school, Donahue was co-president of the fiddling club, sang choir and was the basketball team captain.

Shelby Greninger
Shelby Greninger will be a sophomore at Missouri State University in the fall where she majors in business. She graduated high school Magna Cum Laude, is a member of the National Honor Society, made honor every year of high school and the Dean’s List her first semester of college. Greninger was vice president of Student Council and ranked sixth at state for the Future Business Leaders of America. She earned two letters for high school cheerleading and was an All-American nominee, as well as earned four varsity letters for show choir. Greninger is actively involved in the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Emerging Leaders and youth band/church groups.

Nicholas Gross
Nicholas Gross graduated in the top 10 of his high school class and will be a sophomore at Minnesota State University in the fall. He majors in international business and carried a 3.92 grade point average his freshman year. Gross was awarded one of 10 seats on a leadership committee, was on honor roll all four years of high school and made the Dean’s List his freshman year of college. He plays golf and hockey and was the assistant captain for a travel hockey team. He and his teammates have worked various charity events earning money to support athletes who are less fortunate.

Peter Jones
Peter Jones is a plastics engineering major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and will begin his senior year in the fall. He is an honors student in the Commonwealth honors program carrying a 4.0 grade point average while maintaining full-time employment. Jones’ career goal is to work on a team that designs medical devices from biocompatible and bioabsorable materials, which greatly improve the lives of the sick, the elderly and the inured and at a reasonable cost. He founded his high school men’s choir, is a singer/actor in college theater and sings for the Choir of Boston. He has a wife, three-year-old daughter and infant twin daughters.

Students majoring in polymer sciences are eligible for an IAPD scholarship.

Landon Kime
Landon Kime will enter Radford University in the fall as a freshman majoring in theater with the hopes of becoming a stage director. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his high school class with a 4.11 grade point average and received an academic letter his sophomore, junior and senior years. Kime is a member of the National Honor Society and was accepted into the Principal’s Club for his achievements including academics, school attendance and good character as well as the Governor’s regional and state schools. He won a best actor’s award in 2011 and 2012, was the drama club and advanced chorus president, ranked first in district’s wrestling and third in the state for forensics. Kime is currently in Wohfahrt Haus’ Production of Showboat, his first professional job as an actor.

Sara Soph
Sara Soph will attend Kansas State University in the fall as a freshman majoring in public relations. She graduated high school first in her class and has been recognized for her outstanding academic career receiving the Kent Granger Outstanding Senior Award, Kansas Honor Scholar and a varsity letter in academics. As a student-athlete, Soph was named Cyclonette Dance Team Member of the Year, National Dance Alliance All-American Dancer, regional soccer ream champion and lettered in varsity dance and soccer. She participated in several school clubs including Spanish club, a church youth group and a youth action council while working part-time as a nanny.

William Walker
William Walker will be a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi where he majors in polymer science and works as an undergraduate polymer science researcher. Walker carries a 3.62 grade point average and graduated as Salutatorian of his high school class. He took polymer science courses at a local technical center during high school and participated in the University of Southern Mississippi statewide high school polymer science competition two years in a row. As captain of the winning quiz bowl team, Walker was named the top first year high school polymer science student by the university. He is involved in the Baptist Student Union on campus and the Polymer Science Association. Walker was awarded an IAPD scholarship in 2012.

Students majoring in polymer sciences are eligible for an IAPD scholarship.

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

2012 IAPD Scholarship Recipients