media release

Date: July 18, 2019
Contact: Courtney Karr, Marketing and Education Manager, +913.345.1005


IAPD Awards US$105,000 in Scholarships to Students

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to announce that 18 recipients have been awarded a 2019 IAPD Scholarship through the IAPD Charitable Foundation. Annual IAPD scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
The following students have been awarded a 2019 IAPD Scholarship:
  • 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, a business student
  • 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 Maria 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 member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program for professional sales are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.
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. Each year, scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $10,000.

About the IAPD Charitable Foundation Scholarship

The IAPD Charitable Foundation was established to develop and administer the annual scholarship program at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to promote the study of professional sales. This program benefits both deserving students and academic institutions while also helping to channel outstanding personnel into employment within the performance plastics industry.

The IAPD Scholarship Program:

  • Provides meaningful financial support for the education of worthy scholarship candidates.
  • Benefits the business community through well-educated employees.
  • Exposes scholarship candidates to the ever-expanding performance plastics industry.
  • Strengthens IAPD through a direct link to education today.

To find out how you can support the IAPD Scholarship Program, please contact the IAPD Charitable Foundation at +913.345.1005.

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. For more information, visit

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