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IAPD scholarships are funded by donations from IAPD member companies and individuals in the plastics industry, as well as IAPD and its for-profit subsidiary, Association Services International.
The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to award a 2021 scholarship in amounts of up to US$2,500 to the following students:
Dalton Bui graduated from the University of Houston in Houston, TX, USA in May 2021 and plans to begin studies at the McGovern Medical School at the Texas Medical Center in Houston this year. He majored in psychology and aspires to become a physician. He qualified for the Dean’s List every semester at the University of Houston by earning a GPA of 3.5 or greater with full-time enrollment. He was a research assistant at the University of Houston Cognitive Development Lab, a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Honor Society and vice president of the youth board for the Sunflower Mission. In addition, he volunteers at the Hung Vuong Vietnamese Language and Culture School every weekend.
Amrin Chowdhury is entering her freshman year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA, where she plans to major in biology as part of the highly selective seven-year Physician-Scientist (BS/MD) Program with early acceptance into Albany Medical College. Amrin is one of the top 10 students in her class and graduated with Honors. She is the president of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Kiwanis Key Club, vice president of the Science Olympiad and Orchestra Department and treasurer of her chapter of the International Tri-M Music Honor Society. A recipient of the AP Capstone diploma, she is also an inducted member of the National Honor Society as well as a National AP Scholar. In high school, she was part of a pediatric cardiology research team at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and co-authored a peer-reviewed paper published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. She was also a research presenter at the Society of Developmental Biology Conference.
Kylee Ficks is entering her freshman year at the University of Connecticut. She plans to major in health sciences and pursue a career as a physician assistant. During her junior year of high school, she was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, which recognizes one student in her school that serves as a leader in the community and is also in the top 5 percent of the class. She received a Connecticut Council of Language Teachers Student Award for Excellence for three consecutive years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. Additionally, she was on the honor roll all four years of high school. She served as treasurer on the student government, tutored other students, participated in the Drama Club, played varsity lacrosse and field hockey and was co-president of a peer leaders organization.
Colby Flake is entering his sophomore year at Utah State University in Logan, UT, USA. Following graduation, he plans to become a successful entrepreneur and businessman in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by developing new systems, products and tools to enrich people's lives. He has already begun his journey as an entrepreneur, starting ventures in sports, card and board games, and inspiring apparel. As a companion to his success in entrepreneurship and business, he hopes to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs. While in high school, Colby received the South Suburban Conference Scholar Award, the Academic Letter Award three years in a row, the Eagle Excellence (Student of the Year) Award two years, the male vocalist of the year award in 9th and 10th grades, the South Suburban Conference All Conference Singer award and numerous Choir Letter Awards.
Gabby Gazaille is entering her freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to major in biology and aspires to become a veterinarian. Her outstanding academic work in high school enabled her to join the National Honors Society, through which she participated in numerous community service and outreach activities, as well as the Math Honors Society. She has participated in the All-County Honors band since the 7th grade and, as a junior in high school, was awarded first chair in the All-District Honors Concert Band. Throughout middle school and high school, she has participated in animal welfare activities, including working at an animal hospital and starting a reading-to-animals program at her local humane society.
Logan Guleff is entering his freshman year at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, USA. He plans to major in business and pursue a career in the culinary arts. While in high school, he was the social coordinator for the National Honors Society and participated in theater, drama and debate. Logan was named one of the Most Influential Teens by Time Magazine and is a James Beard Blended Burger Winner. He was named Southern Living’s Best New Southern Cook and earned a spot on Fortune Magazine’s 18 Under 18 list; he was also the youngest certified judge for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, TN, USA, and the youngest chef to cook at the historic James Beard House in New York, NY, USA. His first cookbook, Logan’s Chef Notes and Half Baked Tales, won Gourmand’s Best in World for first cookbook. He also presented a TEDx talk on the “The Art of the Flavor.” In 2019, Logan was named a “Take Note” winner at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Logan has volunteered with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and various homeless programs. He received the Sparks Award for his community service.
Rayce Harrison is attending a graduate program at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in Lexington, KY, USA. He aspires to become a clinical pharmacist. Rayce has been on the Dean’s List every semester of college, both undergraduate and graduate level. He serves in the student government as vice president, is president-elect of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, a mentor with the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Peer Mentor Program and assists with his school’s recruitment and orientation.
Ekaterina Khrunova is pursuing her MBA at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She graduated summa cum laude with her undergraduate degree. While in Financial University in Russia, Ekaterina received numerous honors and awards, including being selected as one of only 40 Russian students to be honored with a scholarship from the President of the Russian Federation to study abroad. Her research has been published in five academic journals. In addition to her academic achievements, Ekaterina is a member of the equestrian team at Bloomsburg University. During her time at Bloomsburg University as an undergraduate student she was a member of a water polo club and a President of the International Student Association.
Elise Kohler is entering her senior year at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, USA. She is majoring in music therapy with a minor in psychology. She aspires to a career as a licensed music therapist. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester of college. Elise played flute in her high school’s symphonic band and is first flute in her college flute ensemble. She participated in her high school marching band as drum major and section leader. While in college she has been a small group leader for the school’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, served as sergeant at arms for Sigma Alpha Iota and historian for the Music Therapy Student Organization.
Shanthi Krishnaswamy is entering her sophomore year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, USA. She plans to major in industrial and systems engineering and pursue a career as a manufacturing optimization engineer. While in high school, Shanthi was on the Dean’s List, a member of the National Honors Society and received her International Baccalaureate diploma. She is a member of the Society of Women in Engineering and Engineering Without Borders, was captain of the high school speech and debate club, captain of the volleyball team and captain of the robotics team. She also served in the Junior Mentoring Program.
Raphael Littwin is entering his freshman year at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA. He plans to major in business and pursue a career in business management. Raphael was the valedictorian of his high school class. Among his many academic achievements in high school, he was on the A-Honor Roll his first three years, won the Cherry Hill High School West Mathematics League his sophomore and junior years, won his schools American Mathematics Competition in 2020 and was a four-time recipient of the highest grade in his chemistry class. He was chosen for the 2020 leadership position for DECA (formerly the Distributive Education Clubs of America) at the International Career Development Conference by the Cherry Hill High School West DECA Advisors. In addition to his academic honors, Raphael was captain of the volleyball team, president of the Jewish Student Union, executive committee member of the student government and participated in the Senator Ben Cardin Scholars Program.
Parvati Menon is entering her freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She plans to major in computer engineering. Her numerous academic achievements in high school include being named a Governor’s Honor Scholar, which is awarded to the top 0.003 percent of students in the state of Georgia. She received a Best in Category award at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Parvati was one of 45 students in the state to be nominated to the Georgia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. In addition, she was awarded the Super Senior Science Award from the Science National Honors Society, and belongs to the National Honors Society, the National Technical Honors Society and the National Math Honors Society (Mu Alpha Beta). Her research article “Remote Monitoring of Drip Irrigation with Microcircuits & Sensors” was published in the International Journal of High School Research.
Grant Mikkelsen is entering his freshman year at Wayne State University in Wayne, NE, USA. He plans to major in biology and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. Grant was vice president of the National Honor Society at his high school, played varsity high school football and basketball, sang in the school choir and served in student government as treasurer. During high school, he worked part time at Empire Plastics.
Paige Miller is entering her freshman year at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH, USA. She plans to major in biochemistry and pursue a career as a disease researcher. While in high school, Paige earned the AP Capstone diploma and is a candidate for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. She was inducted into the National Honors Society as a sophomore, and she was named one of Indiana’s Rising Stars in 2019. Paige is vice president of her Rotary Interact Club, president of the science club and leads a National Honors Society committee. She was captain of the soccer team, a volunteer with the American Red Cross and served as a board member for the Amani Partners Kenya Nonprofit.
Avery Norman is entering her freshman year at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, USA, where she plans to major in pre-physical therapy. Avery has been on the A Honor Roll every semester of high school and earned an Academic Letter each year. She is ranked first in her class of 329 students. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. In addition to academic excellence, Avery played on the varsity soccer and bowling teams and volunteered with a local animal shelter.
Kyra Ohl is entering her freshman year at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, USA. She plans to major in biochemistry and molecular biology and pursue a career as a medical/clinical lab technician. Her numerous achievements in high school include: Superintendent’s Award, 2018-2021; Perfect Attendance, 2018 and 2020; Dale M. Denis Award, 2019; Citizenship Award, 2020; Daughters of the American Revolution Second Place with Distinction for an 11th grade creative writing short story, 2020; ACC Math Relay 2018: Computational Math First Place, Algebra Relay First Place and Medley Relay First Place; ACC Math Relay 2019: Computational Math First Place, Geometry Relay First Place and Calculator Relay First Place; ACC Math Relay 2020: Computational Math First Place, Equations and Inequalities Third Place, Geometry Relay First Place and Calculator Relay First Place. She served her graduating class as secretary/treasurer, was student council president, participated in track and field and played on the varsity basketball and volleyball teams.
Makena Salyer is entering her sophomore year at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA, where she is majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology. While in high school, she received numerous academic honors such as being named Student of the Month and being inducted into the National Honor Society. She participated in theater and choir, as well as mentored children.
Sara Schwartz is entering her freshman year the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she plans to major in special education and then pursue a career in teaching. While in high school, she earned a position on the Gold Honor Roll by finishing six consecutive semesters with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher. She is also on the National Honors Society at her school. Sara received an Honor National Community Service Award for participating in more than 60 hours of community service and was recognized as an 18 Under 18 honoree through the Jewish United Federation of Chicago, which honors teens who have shown outstanding service and leadership in the Jewish community.
Ryan Turner is entering his freshman year at Miami University of Oxford, OH, USA. He plans to major in mathematics. During high school, he received numerous academic awards, including being on the honor roll and Dean’s List all four years. He tested in the 99th percentile in the nationwide testing services and won several science fair awards. In addition to his academic honors, he participated on the track team, was captain of the football team, played on the basketball team and was involved in the magic club.
Devon Varney is entering his senior year at the University of Maine in Orono, ME, USA. He is majoring in biology and aspires to continue his education at medical school and become a physician. He has received many special recognitions for his outstanding work in high school and college. He was on the Highest Honor Roll every quarter of high school and graduated third in his class with a 98/100 GPA. He earned the Maine Principal’s Award during his senior year and Headmaster’s Cup at his high school graduation. He received a Maine’s Top Scholar Award at the University of Maine prior to enrolling and has retained that award every semester. At the University of Maine, Devon has been on the Dean’s List every semester and he was a Presidential Scholar (4.0 GPA) three of those semesters. He also received the School of Biology and Ecology’s Highest GPA Award for his first and second year in college.
The IAPD Charitable Foundation was established in 1981 as a non-profit tax exempt corporation to provide scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels to employees of IAPD member firms and their children, as well as students enrolled in a professional sales program (major, minor or concentration).
Each year, worthy recipients are awarded up to US$5,000 to provide meaningful financial support for their college/university education.
If you have questions or issues with your application, contact Jean McClure at +913.345.1005.
The IAPD Annual Scholarship Program:
Funds for the scholarship program are collected primarily through donations from IAPD member companies. To find out how you can support the IAPD Annual Scholarship Program, please contact the IAPD Charitable Foundation at +913.345.1005.