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Recycling Education and Research Foundation Announces a $5,000 Graduate Scholarship

(Washington, DC) – The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF) is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Recycling Education and Research Foundation National Scholarship. Recognizing the need for affordable graduate education, a $5,000 scholarship was created for individuals seeking a graduate degree in a field that supports the scrap processing and recycling industry.

“RERF continues to look towards the next generation to move the recycling industry forward,” said Kevin Lamar, RERF president. “The industry needs individuals who are looking to provide solutions and to advance the industry with innovative technology and policies.”

The U.S. scrap recycling industry is a sophisticated industry that completes the recycling chain between obsolete materials and new manufacturing. The challenges of scrap recycling have called for technological advances and solutions to everyday processes. The Recycling Education and Research Foundation National Scholarship was created to financially assist those who are dedicated to providing solutions and moving the industry forward.

The scholarship deadline is June 1, 2021. If you have a passion for recycling and for the advancement of sustainability, we encourage you to apply and learn more about the scrap recycling industry.


The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF) is a 501(c) 3 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 19 years, RERF has fulfilled its mission in two primary areas; offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as military veterans, and funding research beneficial to the recycling industry. Through generous donations from people within the industry, 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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