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The Recycling Education and Research Foundation Announces 2019 National Veterans Stipend Recipient

The recycling industry is proud to recognize and honor U.S. military veterans.

(Washington, DC) - The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF), formerly known as the Recycling Research Foundation, today announced Army veteran Chris Stevens as the recipient of its 2019 National Veterans Stipend.

ChrisStevensVeteransStipend“The Recycling Education and Research Foundation is proud to present this year’s National Veterans Stipend to Chris Stevens, a decorated Army veteran,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The goal of the Veterans Stipend is to provide educational opportunities to those who served our nation and Stevens has served his country admirably. This stipend is only a small token of the appreciation we have for all he has done for our country and the entire recycling industry thanks him for his service.”

From an early age Stevens loved his country. When high school was over, Stevens knew without question that he would join the military. In the summer of 2007, he enlisted as an Abrams tank crew member. At Fort Hood he attained a number of promotions during his many deployments to Iraq. Stevens was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Purple Heart. With the support of his family Stevens later became a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and flew missions for the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas.

Stevens, a husband and a father of three, is medically retired and works logistics at Fort Rucker in Alabama, while being a full-time student. His career aspirations involve designing and implementing aircraft parts. Leveraging his schooling of aviation maintenance and his military experiences, Stevens aspires to directly impact the mission of army aviation and help deliver troops safely around the battlefield.

“The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries truly cares about our military veterans,” said Stevens. “Receiving this scholarship has enabled me to continue to grow and learn, while supporting my family. I hope to have a large impact on others in my Army community, and with the help of these great people, I know I will do just that.”

Recognizing the need for financial aid as veterans seek to complete degrees, the stipend awards up to $8,000 to those who served in the U.S. armed forces. It covers $2,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years or the length of study.


The Recycling Education and Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). RERF’s mission is to sponsor projects that promote public awareness, education, research, and the advancement of recycling. Over the last 15 years, RERF has fulfilled this mission in two primary areas; the offering of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as military veterans, and the funding of research beneficial to the recycling industry. RERF has awarded more than $1.3 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students across the country and has overseen much needed research into the science and technology involved with recycling. The National Veterans Stipend was created in 2013.

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