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The association also supported the Polymer Ambassadors program with a grant of $5,000 to help elementary through high-school teachers understand how to teach positive information about plastics in their classrooms.

Clare Goldsberry

December 28, 2016

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Plastics Pioneers Association awards scholarships to seven students

The Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA; McHenry, IL) announced at its fall meeting in Arlington, VA, that it has awarded scholarships to seven students. Recipients of the scholarships are as follows:

  • Christina Sheng, an honors senior undergraduate studying materials science and engineering at Rutgers University. She has conducted research on polymers, among other materials, since her freshman year.

  • Macy Johns, a senior at University of Louisville, majoring in chemical engineering. She received the W. Mueller scholarship.

  • Casey Baran, a senior at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He has followed in his older brother Tyler’s footsteps, spending the past two summers as a plastics tooling engineering intern for Apple Inc.

  • Emma Adams, a senior at Auburn University, is pursuing a dual degree in chemical engineering and polymer and fiber engineering. She received the M. Holland scholarship.

  • William (Bill) Miller attends the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is enrolled in the senior year of the plastics engineering program. He also serves as the vice-president of the UW-Stout chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

  • Logan Tate, a junior studying plastics and polymers engineering technologies at Pennsylvania College of Technology. In 2015, Tate graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in physics. At Penn College, he is the SPE Student Chapter President and is employed at the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as a student researcher.

  • Chris Buse, a senior at Ferris State University, has a goal of working in medical injection molding. He has spent two summer internships at a molding company, where he was responsible for integrating a new collaborative robot into a production work cell.

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According to the PPA Education Committee report, the budgeted annual expenditures projected are approximately $48,000, plus another $6,000 for two scholarships that are pledged. The group’s planned expenditures for 2016 included a $3,000 scholarship at UMass Lowell, plus a $15,000 payment on a commitment toward a $75,000 endowment for a perpetual scholarship, to be paid from the interest. “We are in the fourth year of a five-year payment plan,” said Lance Neward, Chair of the Education Committee. “Once the payment plan is completed in 2017, there will be a permanent scholarship in PPA’s name at Lowell.”

The PPA also supported the Polymer Ambassadors program with a grant of $5,000 to help elementary through high school teachers understand how to teach and integrate positive information about plastics into their classrooms and lesson plans. A similar grant will be awarded in 2017.

The SPE PlastiVan program is also supported by the PPA to the level of $7,500 with $2,500 of that carried over from 2015 and $5,000 freshly budgeted for 2016. Another $5,000 will be budgeted for the year 2017.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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