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2014 IAPD Scholarship Recipients

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to award a 2014 scholarship in the amount of US$4,500 to the following students:

  • Andrew Baker, son of Jeffrey Baker, an employee of Asahi/America, Inc.
  • Kimberly Baston, daughter of Raymond Baston, an employee of Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products
  • Brad Burnett, an employee of SABIC Polymershapes
  • Nicholas Gross, son of Julie Clark, an employee of Regal Plastic Supply Company
  • Chris Hall, son of Helene Hall, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc.
  • Penelope Hussey, daughter of Cheri Hussey, an employee of Port Plastics, Inc.
  • Madison Jackson, daughter of Christy Jackson, an employee of Röchling Engineering Plastics
  • Marissa Jackson, daughter of Christy Jackson, an employee of Röchling Engineering Plastics
  • Lauren Lively, daughter of Gary Lively, an employee of Alro Plastics
  • Vanessa Lopez-Moratalla, daughter of Paul Aucremann, an employee of Port Plastics, Inc.
  • Georgia VanSolkema, daughter of Jeremy VanSolkema, an employee of Piedmont Plastics
  • Elizabeth Wiley, daughter of Robert Wiley, Jr., an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc.

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

Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker is a dedicated student who has had an illustrious high school career. Highlights include being on the honor roll every quarter, being inducted into the National Honor Society his sophomore year, earning 13 medals at the state and regional levels for the Academic Decathlon, received a gold medal in the National Russian Essay contest, was named a “20 Under 20” Outstanding North Shore of Boston high school student, is the captain of his swim team, participates in band and chorus and is the vice president of his school’s Russian Club. Andrew plans to enter Brandeis University this fall where he will major in health and human policy, minor in Russian and be on the swim team. He hopes to enter the field of bio-medical engineering and is extremely interested in improving healthcare for all, especially children in developing nations.

Kimberly Baston
Kimberly Baston will be a sophomore at Waynesburg University in the fall, where she is majoring in journalism. Her passion and natural talent for writing served her well in her role as senior editor of her high school newspaper and she placed second in a state-wide essay contest for biomedical research. Kimberly ranked in the top one percent of her high school class, averaging a 3.96 grade point average and was a member of the National Honor Society. She is a two-time recipient of the Presidential Academic Achievement Award. Kimberly 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. In college, she is a Leadership Scholar, leading the campus in academics and community service while incorporating leadership into her own academics.

Baston also received an IAPD scholarship in 2013.

Brad Burnett
Brad Burnett graduated Magna Cum Laude (in the top 0.5 percent of his class) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is working to earn his master of business administration (MBA) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is currently number one in his class. Carrying a 3.9 grade point average, Burnett has received numerous recognitions for his academics including being a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honour Society and Beta Gamma Sigma. Throughout college he was the director for the KG Memorial Park Project Fund for four years and a volunteer consultant for the Business Relief Organization.

Employees of member companies are eligible for an IAPD scholarship. Burnett also received an IAPD scholarship in 2013.

Nicholas Gross
Nicholas Gross is currently finishing up a year abroad, studying in Norway, where he has enjoyed the academic experience and opportunities available to him. He graduated in the top 10 of his high school class and spent his freshman and sophomore years as a student of Minnesota State University, but plans to transfer to the University of North Texas in the fall. He majors in international business and carried a 3.94 grade point average his sophomore 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 played golf and hockey and was the assistant captain for a travel hockey team, before giving up sports to focus on finishing his degree.

Gross also received an IAPD scholarship in 2013.

Chris Hall
Christopher Hall enjoyed a successful undergraduate career at New York University his freshman and sophomore years and finished at the University of Kansas, earning a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language. He is now entering a graduate program at Arizona State University, where he plans to continue his studies and focus on Literary Modernism, the period of literature between 1890 and 1950. Chris plans to publish papers in his area of expertise, present them at conferences and ultimately teach at the Ph.D. level while continuing his research.

Penelope Hussey
Penelope Hussey has maintained a 3.7/4.0 grade point average throughout high school and has been selected numerous times to participate in forums for the National Young Leadership Conference. Her math teacher has also selected Penelope to work for him at his rigorous accelerated math summer school program, in which she tutored students. This was a great achievement as a high school student has never held this position in the past. Penelope plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, where she will major in Mathematics. She hopes to pursue graduate degrees in Mathematics and become either a professor or mathematician.

Madison Jackson
Madison Jackson is ranked fifth in her high school class, carries a 4.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and has never missed a day of school since kindergarten. She has participated in volleyball and soccer all four years of high school, in addition to numerous clubs and civic activities, and has been involved in many church-based charitable projects and mission trips to Jamaica. Madison plans to go to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will major in biology.

Marissa Jackson
Marissa Jackson is ranked third in her high school class of 250 students, carries a 4.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and has never missed a day of school since kindergarten. She has participated in numerous sports, such as volleyball and soccer, was on the student council for four years and served as president during her senior year, has been in the National Honors Society all four years of high school and has been involved in many church-based sports, charitable projects and mission trips. Marissa hopes to combine her experience working with children at summer camps and on mission trips to Jamaica with her love of science and biology by becoming a pediatrician. Marissa will begin that journey this fall when she enters the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a pre-med or biology major.

Lauren Lively
Lauren Lively is a hard-working, accomplished student who has self-financed her academic career thus far, finishing a program at a local community college while also working full-time. She plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in business administration at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, USA. She has been on the dean’s list every year of college and was in the National Honor Society in high school where she graduated with honors. Lauren plans to learn as much as she can about running a business and applying that knowledge to her current job or at a start-up.

Vanessa Lopez-Moratalla
Vanessa Lopez-Moratalla is entering her junior year at Florida State University this fall, where she is a double major in finance and theater. In addition to all the extra-curricular activities that come with a performance major, she is also working as an intern. Among her proudest academic achievements thus far have been earning the International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2012. After three semesters at Florida State University, all of which have been on the Dean’s list, she has been invited to join many honor societies that only induct the top 10-15 percent of students at the school.

Georgia VanSolkema
Georgia VanSolkema will be a freshman this fall at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, USA, where she plans to major in Special Education and hopes to become a teacher. While in high school, she has mentored and tutored an autistic student, who has inspired her career path. She has been voted “Student of the Month” by her high school teachers and she is also a member of the National Honor Society, while working part time and volunteering as a nursery assistant and Bible school teacher with her church.

Elizabeth Wiley
Elizabeth Wiley will be entering her sophomore year this fall at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO, USA, where she majors in business management. She hopes to complete an associate’s degree, then transfer to the University of Missouri to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. In high school she was a member of the National Honor Society for two years, made the Dean’s list her first semester in college and has been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa. Elizabeth hopes to apply her business management degree to a career that works with animals, perhaps starting her own business in an animal care-related field.

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

2013 IAPD Scholarship Recipients