2019 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 2019 scholarship in amounts of up to US$5,000 to the following students:

  • Kylee Agabashian, daughter of Terri Rente, an employee of Polymershapes
  • Jacob Bonin, son of Michael Bonin, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc.
  • Kara Brushwyler, daughter of Scott Brushwyler, an employee of Professional Plastics, Inc.
  • Alexis Dukesherer, daughter of Scott Dukesherer, an employee of Alro Plastics
  • Edward Ferrara Jr., son of Edward Ferrara Sr., an employee of A&C Plastics, Inc.
  • Sophia Hagans, daughter of Michael Hagans, an employee of Braskem
  • Rayce Harrison, son of Leif Harrison, an employee of Polymershapes
  • Jennifer Jermolowicz, daughter of Michael Jermolowicz, an employee of Polymer Industries
  • Elise Kohler, daughter of James Kohler, an employee of Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
  • Yvonne Koperek, daughter of Suzanne Koperek, an employee of SABIC Innovative Plastics
  • Max Kugel, son of Curt Kugel, an employee of Braskem
  • Sowmya Magham, student of finance and business administration at the University of Washington
  • Jonah Mathias, son of Sarah Mathias, an employee of SWM International
  • Alex Mork, son of Angela Mork, an employee of Piedmont Plastics, Inc.
  • Shannon Murphy, daughter of Michael Murphy, an employee of F.W. Webb Company
  • Paul Phung, son of Antoine Phung, an employee of Technetics PTFE & Polymer Solutions
  • Elizabeth Plourde, daughter of Christine Plourde, an employee of Röchling Engineering Plastics
  • Augusta Walsh, daughter of Bradley Walsh, an employee of 3A Composites USA, Inc.

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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Kylee Agabashian

Kylee Agabashian is entering her freshman year at University of South Carolina, where she plans to major in international business. During high school, Kylee completed more than 100 service hours for non-profit organizations, helped organize school fundraisers and led projects, all while maintaining above a 4.0 grade point average. She participated in numerous extracurricular activities including varsity cheerleading, the school newspaper and Young Elites. 

Jacob Bonin

Jacob Bonin is entering his freshman year at Texas A&M University where he plans to major in forensic science. Jacob received the academic award for 2018-2019 Academic First Team All-State and second place in the Helen S. Boylan Poetry Writing Contest. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was an officer in the National Honors Society and Student Council. He participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including Key Club, football and baseball. 

Kara Brushwyler

Kara Brushwyler is entering her freshman year at Azusa Pacific University where she plans to major in nursing. Kara participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including captain of the volleyball team and a member of the choir. Additionally, she received her diploma in the International Baccalaureate Program and was the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.

Alexis Dukesherer

Alexis Dukesherer is entering her freshman year at Saint Mary's College where she plans to major in biology/pre-med. Alexis participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including basketball and softball. Additionally, she was secretary of the Student Executive Board and a member of the National Honor Society.

Edward Ferrara Jr.

Edward Ferrara Jr. is entering his freshman year at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he plans to major in computer science. Edward received an academic letter all four years of high school, was co-president of the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Scholar Finalist. He participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including varsity basketball, varsity soccer and served as a school ambassador.

Sophia Hagans

Sophia Hagans is entering her freshman year at University of Cincinnati where she plans to major in mechanical engineering. Sophia participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school, including varsity soccer, varsity basketball, varsity softball, the robotics club and Bible club. Additionally, she was a member of the National Honor Society and attended the American Legion Auxiliary Buckeye Girls State.

Rayce Harrison

Rayce Harrison is entering his junior year at University of Kentucky where he is majoring in pharmacy and serves as a resident advisor. Rayce participates in numerous extracurricular activities while in college, including the soccer club, volleyball club, LGBT+ club for inclusion and the Christian Student Fellowship. Additionally, he is a peer mentor and incoming student advisor

Jennifer Jermolowicz

Jennifer Jermolowicz is entering her junior year at Grand Valley State University where she is majoring in arts with an emphasis in graphic design. Jennifer participates in the Get Better Every Day Club in college.

Elise Kohler

Elise Kohler is entering her sophomore year at Montclair State University where she is majoring in music therapy. Elise participates in numerous extracurricular activities including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Music Therapy Student Organization and Sigma Alpha Iota. 

Yvonne Koperek

Yvonne Koperek is entering her freshman year at University of Massachusetts Amherst where she plans to major in business management. Yvonne participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including captain of the cheerleading squad, student ambassador and senior class treasurer.

Max Kugel 

Max Kugel is entering his freshman year at West Virginia University where he plans to major in chemical engineering. Max participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including the Science Honors Society, the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute and badminton club. Additionally, he was a member of the engineering certification program. 

Sowmya Magham 

Sowmya Magham is entering her sophomore year at the University of Washington where she is majoring in finance and business administration. Sowmya was admitted directly to the Foster School of Business and participates in the Interdisciplinary Honors program. Additionally, she is a student entrepreneur for Lavin, a competitive four-year entrepreneurship program.

Jonah Mathias

Jonah Mathias is entering his freshman year at Lebanon Valley College where he plans to major in exercise science. Jonah participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including being treasurer of the student council, president of the Future Business Leaders of America, captain of the varsity tennis team and a member of the National Honor Society.

Alex Mork

Alex Mork is entering his freshman year at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he plans to major in chemistry. Alex participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including the National Honors Society, the National Technical Honors Society and the Health Occupations Students of America. Additionally, he was the president and cofounder of his high school eSports League.

Shannon Murphy

Shannon Murphy is entering her freshman year at Northeastern University where she plans to major in international business. Shannon participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including being captain of the History Bowl and a peer mentor. She participated in theater as the technical director, head of costume design and execution, head of hair and makeup design and execution, actor and a run crew member.

Paul Phung

Paul Phung is entering his freshman year at Texas A&M University where he plans to major in chemical engineering. Paul participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including serving as vice president of the National Honors Society, captain of the tennis team, a member of the student council and clarinet section leader in the band

Elizabeth Plourde

Elizabeth Plourde is entering her freshman year at Conestoga College where she plans to major in health office administration. Elizabeth participated in extracurricular activities while in high school including concert band and honors band.

Augusta Walsh

Augusta Walsh is entering her freshman year at Texas Christian University where she plans to major in business finance. Augusta participated in numerous extracurricular activities while in high school including serving as president of the student council, first chair harpist in the varsity symphonic orchestra, a Frisco Independent School District Student Ambassador and a delegate of the Model United Nations. Additionally, she was an intern for State Representative Pat Fallon of House District 106.