The Cleveland Section of SPE’s Education/Students Committee is hoping to have as good a session in 21-22 as we did last session. Despite the steep challenges that came with the COVID pandemic, including social distancing requirements and
limits on the usual activities, we were able to still help support the industry with our efforts to promote responsible plastics use, help propel young graduates into the polymers world, and show the evolving minds of our community youth the wonders and capabilities of plastics.
We were able to offer a scholarship this year to a northeast Ohio east side student studying at Akron in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. We were also able to give awards to some high school students at the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). The NEOSEF event was held virtually this year, but our judges were able to see recordings, pictures, and papers from the various projects. Three students with polymers/plastics-oriented projects were identified and awarded financial grants for their efforts in building their knowledge of plastics. We hope our modest contribution will encourage them to continue down the path of excellence in our
industry. Even with the expected struggles that come with the pandemic, we will continue in our efforts to build education and help students associated with the plastics industry
Ron Raleigh Education Chairman
The 2021 SPE Foundation Cleveland Section Scholarship ($1,500) was awarded to Ms. Kayla Riebe from Mentor, OH, a third year student at The University of Akron. Kayla is majoring in Chemical Engineering and pursuing a minor in Polymer Science/ Engineering.
Kayla’s inspiration to major in math and science came from her grandfather, who was an
Organic Chemistry Professor at John Carroll University.
Kayla enjoys her studies as well as serving as VP of the Society of Women Engineers and The University of Akron Bowling Club President.
Invest in our Future!
Contributions to our Education Fund can be sent to:
The Society of Plastics Engineers – Cleveland Section
P.O. Box 845
Brunswick, OH 44212
Please mark in the memo section of your check – “Education Fund” SPE is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Organization. Contributions are tax deductible