media release

Date: June 5, 2017
Contact: Liz Novak, Director of Marketing and Communications, +913.345.1005


IAPD Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Overland Park, KS — The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) is pleased to announce that 13 recipients have been awarded a 2017 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 2017 IAPD Scholarship:

  • Ingrid Block, daughter of Michael Block, an employee of Saint-Gobain Performance Products
  • Nicole Bradford, daughter of Bill Bradford, an employee of Piedmont Plastics
  • Dalton Bui, son of Thanh Bui, an employee of Braskem America, Inc.
  • Tara DiFazio, daughter of Gary DiFazio, an employee of Piedmont Plastics
  • Rayce Harrison, son of Leif Harrison, an employee of Polymershapes
  • Abigail Hubbard, daughter of Craig Hubbard, an employee of Regal Plastic Supply, Inc.
  • Julia Hurley, daughter of Steven Hurley, an employee of Polymershapes
  • Zachary Kerstens, an industrial distribution student
  • Isabella Kreko, daughter of Russell Kreko, an employee of Regal Plastic Supply, Inc.
  • Krista Russell, daughter of Beth Russell, an employee of Cope Plastics, Inc.
  • Hannah Smith, daughter of Ronald Smith, an employee of Braskem America, Inc.
  • Rachel Smith, daughter of John Smith, an employee of Plaskolite, LLC
  • William VanSolkema, son of Jeremy VanSolkema, an employee of Piedmont Plastics

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 $5,000.

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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