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The Recycling Education and Research Foundation Announces 2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

RERF Awards Scholarships to 75 Students to Support Higher Education

(Washington, DC) - The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF), a 501 (c)(3), not-for-profit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has announced that 75 students were awarded scholarships, between $500 and $3,400, to be applied to their respective college educations. RERF awarded over $122,000 to college bound students across the United States and Canada for the 2020-21 academic year.

Funded by ISRI national chapters with scholarship programs, scholarships are awarded to dependents of employees of active ISRI member companies located within a chapter region. There are 14 active participating ISRI chapters with scholarship programs. Each chapter supports their scholarship program through fundraisers, donations, and other initiatives throughout the year.

2020 Recycling Education and Research Foundation Scholarship Recipients

ISRI Empire Chapter
Adena Rochelson - Syracuse University
Patrick Collins - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

ISRI Gulf Coast Chapter
Zachary Roesler - Oral Roberts University
Luis Loya - Texas Tech University
Jordan Chisholm - University of Oklahoma
Sarah Sahs - University of Mississippi
Kampbell Weiss - Texas Tech University
Stephanie Schroeder - Belmont University
Hannah Broom - University of Georgia
Amanda Miller - Texas A&M University
Christopher Arme - Southern Methodist University

ISRI Indiana Chapter                                                                                                
Cassidy Randol - Grace College
Makayla Cunningham - Indiana University South Bend
Tyler Groves - Ball State University
Cassady Coomes - Murray State University

ISRI Michigan Chapter
Rachael Lauzon - University of Windsor
Patrick Gault - Olivet College
Nicole Grady - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Kelsey Diekman - Kalamazoo College
Kara Hicks - Spring Arbor University

ISRI Mid-Atlantic Chapter
David Staronka - Stevens Institute of Technology
Emily Stevens - Pennsylvania College of Technology

ISRI Northern Ohio Chapter
Kenndy Minnick - Eastern Michigan University
Samantha Eisner - Indiana University

ISRI Ohio Valley Chapter
Emily Winter - Lipscomb University
Hayden Lang - Purdue University
Alyssa Wagner - Indiana Wesleyan University
Cheyenne Wimsatt - University of Louisville

ISRI Pacific Northwest Chapter
Tucker Silva - College of Western Idaho 
Jenna Peterson - Boise State University
Jacqueline Healey - Central Washington University
Cayla Prophater - Texas Christian University
Kaitlin Cook - Bushnell University

ISRI Pittsburgh Chapter
Stephanie Connors - Slippery Rock University
Madisyn Clark - Grove City College
Sarah Connors - Kent State University
Robert Carson - Slippery Rock University               
Samuel O'Bryan - Penn State University 
Christopher Noah - University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown 
Isabella Cato - Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Academy of Culinary   
Zachery Diethorn - University of Alabama

ISRI PSI Chapter                                            
Patryk Szczepaniak - University of Illinois at Chicago
Emily Reed - University of Tennessee – Knoxville
John Hargrave - Auburn University
Skyler White - University of Louisiana – Monroe
Stephen Klein - University of North Georgia
John Lamb - Georgia State University
Michael Altobelli - University of Connecticut
Madeline Buchheit - Miami University     
Nathan Beers - Grand Valley State University

ISRI Rocky Mountain Chapter
Ahitza Flores Beltran - University of Utah
Laurynn Armstrong - University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

ISRI Southeast Chapter                               
Hailey Wade - Virginia Tech
Adam Brown - Samford University
Dulce Labra - University of South Carolina Upstate
Guillermo Labra - Spartanburg Community College
Samuel Schaer - Brevard College
Courtney Shearin - The University of Tennessee at Martin
Mason Weaver - Middle Tennessee State University         
Cole Scott - Western Kentucky University
Hannah Rutherford - University of Alabama-Birmingham 
Garrett Crumes - Owensboro Community and Technical College
Jackson Trumbly - Western Kentucky University   
Brandon Parker - Southern New Hampshire University
Jamie Erwin - Austin Peay State University
Lydia Schulz - University of South Carolina
Arrington Schulz - Clemson University     
Blake Bernard - Clemson University         
Mason Bernard - Clemson University
Alexandria Laughter - Converse College
Hannah Smoke - Auburn University           
Sarah Smoke - Auburn University

ISRI Upper Midwest Chapter                     
Elliot Papendorf - Montana State University
Julia Breckheimer - University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Kyle Janssen - St. Cloud State University
Nicholas Hadacek - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities




The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF) is a nonprofit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). RERF’s mission is to sponsor projects which promote public awareness, education, research, and the advancement of recycling. Over the last 18 years, RERF has fulfilled its 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. Through generous donations, chapter fundraising, and other initiatives RERF has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to 1,200 students across the country and has overseen much needed research into the science and technology involved with recycling.

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