2018 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 2018 scholarship in amounts of up to US$5,000 to the following students:

  • Ruthie Baker, daughter of Jeffrey Baker, an employee of Asahi/America, Inc.
  • Dominick DeMasi, son of John DeMasi, an employee of E & T Plastics Mfg. Co., Inc.
  • Olivia Freeman, daughter of Sandra Freeman, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc.
  • Mikayla Gardner, daughter of Robert Gardner, an employee of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics
  • Isaac Goldner, son of Christy Goldner, an employee of Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales
  • Catherine Hudon, daughter of Gilles Hudon, an employee of Piedmont Plastics
  • Ashley Kunesh, daughter of Daniel Kunesh, an employee of McMaster Carr Supply Company
  • Nina Lupariello, daughter of David Lupariello, an employee of Polymershapes
  • Chad Musilli, son of Irene Musilli, an employee of Altaflo.
  • Angelo Ou, an economics student
  • Robert Pancione, son of Tracy Pancione, an employee of Laird Plastics
  • Vanessa Phung, daughter of Antoine Phung, an employee of Technetics PTFE & Polymer Solutions
  • Devon Varney, son of Scott Varney, an employee of F. W. Webb Company
  • Isabelle Walsh, daughter of Bradley Walsh, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc.
  • Alison Wuerfel, daughter of Todd Wuerfel, an employee of Piedmont Plastics

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.

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Ruthie Baker

Ruthie Baker is the daughter of Jeffrey Baker, an employee of Asahi/America, Inc. She is entering her freshman year at Emory University, in Atlanta, GA, USA, where she plans to major in linguistics and anthropology. She aspires to be a speech and language pathologist so she can one day give kids the confidence gained from speech therapy. Ruthie earned the National Latin Exam Silver medal, was an Olympiada of Spoken Russian medalist and received the Brown University Book Award for English. Ruthie participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including heading the Blue Key club, writing for the Hallmanac Newspaper, participating in the Chamber Singers choir and the varsity swim team. Additionally, she was a local goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a mentor at the Girls Summer Leadership Academy.

Dominick DeMasi

Dominick DeMasi Dominick is the son of John DeMasi, an employee of E & T Plastics Mfg. Co., Inc. He is entering his freshman year at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, USA, where he plans to major in biology. He aspires to be a cardiologist. While in high school Dominick obtained a 3.9 GPA while participating in extracurricular activities including four years on the football team, four years on the track team (including two years as team captain), was a member of the National Honor Society and tutored chemistry and math. Outside of school Dominick was a child life volunteer in the Pediatric Oncology Department at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.

Olivia Freeman

Olivia Freeman is the daughter of Sandra Freeman, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc. She is entering her sophomore year at Saint Louis University, in St. Louis, MO, USA, and is majoring in leadership management and pre-law. She aspires to be a lawyer and eventually a judge as she is interested in the adaptability of the United States Constitution and how it has been molded throughout the ages. During her first year of college, Olivia earned a 4.0 GPA and was placed on the Dean’s Honor List. Olivia participates in numerous extracurricular activities, including Drama Club, Spanish Club and choir. She is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority, Student Activities Board, XA Christian Fellowship and Ethical Leaders in Business Learning Community.

Mikayla Gardner

Mikayla Gardner is the daughter of Robert Gardner, an employee of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. She is entering her freshman year at Fordham University - Lincoln Center, in New York, NY, USA, where she plans on majoring in global business. She aspires to be an attorney for an international company because of her desire to work with people and travel. Mikayla was a member of Orchesis dance club, girls varsity track and National Honor Society. Mikayla participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including summer ballet intensives and studying classical ballet at Ballet 5:8 Conservatory. She currently works and dances at The Dance Company. Additionally, she volunteered on a mission trip to Malawi, Africa.

Isaac Goldner

Isaac Goldner is the son of Christy Goldner, an employee of Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales. He is entering his sophomore year at the University of Colorado Boulder, in Boulder, CO, USA, where he is majoring in aerospace engineering and aspires to be an astronautical engineer. During his first year of college, Isaac was placed on the Dean’s List. Isaac participates in numerous extracurricular activities, including the Colorado Boulder Rocketry Association and the University of Colorado Boulder Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. 

Catherine Hudon

Catherine Hudon is the daughter of Gilles Hudon, an employee of Piedmont Plastics. She is pursuing a Master’s degree at McGill University, in Montreal, QC, Canada, where she is majoring in genetic counseling. She aspires to be a genetic counselor as she is interested in helping people and understanding why the body acts in the way that it does. Catherine has participated in numerous research opportunities, including being a Research Assistant at an Infant Research Lab and Family Well-Being Project at Concordia University.   

Ashley Kunesh

Ashley Kunesh is the daughter of Daniel Kunesh, an employee of McMaster Carr Supply Company. She is entering her freshman year at New York University, in New York, NY, USA, where she plans on majoring in business with a concentration in statistics. She aspires to be a marketing analyst as she enjoys learning about processes and finding satisfaction in the journey that brings her to the right answer. Ashley was named an Illinois State Scholar, a National Merit Commended Scholar and was involved in National Honor Society. Ashley participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including being President of Key Club, a member of Spanish Club and a Student Ambassador.

Nina Lupariello

Nina Lupariello is the daughter of David Lupariello, an employee of Polymershapes. She entering her freshman year at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH, USA, where she plans on majoring in political science. She aspires to be a politician or a political activist. While in high school Nina obtained a 4.0 GPA while participating in National Honor Society, National Honor Spanish Society and Honors Club. Nina participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including student government, choir, and theatre. Nina spent her senior year in high school as an exchange student with the Rotary Club for more than 10 months in Silvassa, India. She returned home in time to walk with honors with her graduating class of 2018 at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, OH, USA. Additionally, she was involved in Guatemalan student exchange. 

Chad Musilli

Chad Musilli is the son of Irene Musilli, an employee of Altaflo. He is entering his freshman year at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD, USA, where he plans on majoring in biomedical engineering. He aspires to be an engineer as he is interested in the problem solving aspects of physics. Chad was a member of National Honor Society, Foreign Language National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. Chad participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including student council and football. Additionally, he was a volunteer at Newton Medical Center and a volunteer coach at Frankford Township School Basketball Camp.

Angelo Ou

Angelo Ou is entering his freshman year at Princeton University, in Princeton, New Jersey, where he plans to study economics and ultimately become a market research analyst. Angelo participated in Science Olympiad as a four-time gold medalist, Varsity Academic Team, Mock Trial as the 2018 Regional Champion and the varsity soccer team. Additionally, he was the student government class president for three terms, a patrol leader for the Boy Scouts of America and a national ambassador for the National Society of High School Scholars. 

Robert Pancione

Robert Pancione is the son of Tracy Pancione, an employee of Laird Plastics. He is entering his freshman year at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, USA, where he plans on majoring in biochemistry. He aspires to be a veterinarian. While in high school Robert obtained a 3.95 GPA while participating in extracurricular activities including four years on the cross country team, four years on the track and field team and Chemistry Club. Additionally, Robert was a member of National Honor Society, Science Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. 

Vanessa Phung

Vanessa Phung is the daughter of Antoine Phung, an employee of Technetics PTFE & Polymer Solutions. She is entering her junior year at University of St. Thomas, in Houston, TX, USA, where she is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She aspires to be a pediatrician as she enjoys the sciences and is fascinated by the human body. Vanessa has been placed on the Dean’s List for her first two years of college. Vanessa participates in numerous extracurricular activities, including being a treasurer and captain for the tennis club, a treasurer for IMPACT and a member of the marching and concert band. 

Devon Varney

Devon Varney is the son of Scott Varney, an employee of F. W. Webb Company. He is entering his freshman year at the University of Maine, in Orono, ME, USA, where he plans on majoring in pre-medical studies. He aspires to be either a doctor of osteopathic medicine or a veterinarian as he is interested in the biological processes in science. Devon has earned the MPA Award, the St. Michael’s and College of the Atlantic’s Book Award and was invited to be a Manson Essay Finalist. Devon participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including four years on the soccer team, an officer in National Honor Society, student council, band and choir.

Isabelle Walsh

Isabelle Walsh is the daughter of Bradley Walsh, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc. She is entering her freshman year at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, TX, USA, where she plans on majoring in biology on a pre-medical track and minoring in music with a concentration on harp performance. She aspires to be a physician. Isabelle was inducted in the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Isabelle participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including being the president of the student council, an officer for orchestra and a member of the Chemistry Club. Additionally, she was a Student Ambassador and Certified Nursing Assistant with Frisco Independent School District Health Science Clinical Program.

Alison Wuerfel

Alison Wuerfel is the daughter of Todd Wuerfel, an employee of Piedmont Plastics. She is entering her freshman year at Clemson University, where she plans to major in genetics. She aspires to be a genetic counselor. Alison participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including four years on the cross country team, National Honor Society, President of Key Club and environmental club. Additionally, she was a volunteer for the Greenville Humane Society and United Way.