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October 30 - November 2, 2022 | Providence, RI

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Engineering and Pulp Manufacture Divisions

2021 Scholarship Recipients

 

Environmental Douglas Barton Memorial Scholarship
   
D'Kayla Thomas
D'Kayla Thomas

North Carolina State University (NCSU)

D'Kayla Thomas is a junior in Paper Science & Engineering and Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU).

D'Kayla was an engineering lab assistant at NCSU from January - July 2021. In 2020, she had a co-op with WestRock for seven months as a research and development engineer. She helped with multiple projects to test production improvements that would later be implemented in WestRock mills around the country.

   
Engineering Division Scholarship
   
Blaine Mercer

Blaine Mercer

North Carolina State University (NCSU)

Blaine Mercer is a Junior at North Carolina State University, double majoring in Paper Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering. He has been an active TAPPI member since his first semester and has 11 months combined work experience at two different mills. Blaine thrives in the mill environment as he enjoys the spark of problem solving. In his free time, you can find him enjoying the outdoors, reading and exercising.

 

   
Charles B. Tibbits Memorial Scholarship
   
Jarod Pierce

Jarod Pierce

North Carolina State University (NCSU)
Jarod Pierce is a rising senior at North Carolina State University dual majoring in Paper Science & Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Jarod previously served as the co-director of the philanthropy committee in NC State's Engineers' Council and is a current TAPPI member. He has gained valuable work experience in an engineering office with Yates Construction, focusing on engineering design within the paper industry, and with WestRock at a paperboard mill in West Point, VA. He will also be working at Evergreen Packaging's Canton, NC mill in the summer of 2021 before completing his senior year of college.