The Recycled Paperboard Technical Association has established a $5000 scholarship to recognize outstanding students who are interested in the recycled paperboard industry.


To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a 3.25 GPA
  • Declare a Paper Engineering or Science major
  • Served (or intend to serve) as a cooperative student or intern at a recycled paperboard mill
  • Comply with applicable requirements for maintaining paper foundation scholarships of your school
  • Comply with applicable scholarship policies of your school

Click here to access the 2018 Scholarship Application form.


For further information please contact: Jackie Howe at 202.347.9069 or jhowe@rpta.org.


The 2018 recipients of the RPTA Scholarship were:

  • Kristen Young, North Carolina State University, Chemical Engineering and Paper Science & Engineering major.
  • Abigail Cortright, Western Michigan University, Science and Engineering – Paper Engineering major.

The RPTA is excited about the opportunity to support college students pursuing degrees in paper science majors. Each year it's a challenge to select just 2 recipients out of a group of very deserving applicants. All the applicants are academic high achievers and have spent many hours working as interns in the pulp and paper industry.

These scholarships, by supporting their college studies, help prepare the students for careers in the pulp and paper industry. In the future, when they join our industry as leaders they will certainly be focused on the industry's efforts to do continuously improve the products our members make while conserving the natural resources used in our mills.

This year's recipients, Kristen and Abigail are excellent students and very accomplished individuals. We look forward to when they will become full-time members of our industry.

From left to right:
Kristen Young – North Carolina State Chemical Engineering and Paper Science & Engineering major and 2018 RPTA Scholarship Recipient
Dave Briere – Chairman, Board of Trustees for RPTA, SVP, Recycled Paperboard Mills, WestRock

From left to right:
Jen Johnson, Western Michigan University, Paper Engineering Student Mentor and Retention Officer, ChP (Accepting for Abigail Cortright)
Dave Briere, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, RPTA, SVP, Recycled Paperboard Mills, WestRock
Abigail Cortright – Western Michigan University Paper Engineering major, 2018 RPTA Scholarship Recipient (not pictured)



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