2021 Scholarship Winners Announced

Empire State TAPPI/PIMA would like to thank all the participants in the annual Grant and Heidi Cole Scholarship and the William E. Clark Memorial Scholarship Program for 2021.


Our winners are well deserved, and should be commended for their efforts and hard work. 


The selection criteria for these scholarships include the following:

  • The applicant must be a high school senior planning to attend college in the fall, or is a currently enrolled college student.

  • The applicant must have a parent or grandparent that’s a registered member of National TAPPI, and a dues paying member of Empire State TAPPI/PIMA.

  • Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent transcript, and complete the required essay questions.


This year we are pleased to announce that the winners of the two $2,500 scholarships are Daniel Palmer and Molly Scott. Please join the entire Executive Board of Empire State TAPPI/PIMA, in congratulating Daniel and Molly fpr their achievements.  We are proud to award these scholarships to such fine students, and wish them both continued success!


Daniel is the son of Ranya and Bill Palmer (Area Manager at Mohawk Paper Mill Waterford, NY) and is currently a sophomore at Binghamton University. He is majoring in biochemistry on a pre-med track and plans on pursuing a medical degree.   An accomplished student, he has a 4.0 GPA and achieved Dean's List recognition each semester.


In addition to his studies at Binghamton, Dan is an undergraduate teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry, and leads student study groups.  As a volunteer through the University Center for Civic Engagement, he has tutored and served as a mentor for elementary and middle school students in an after-school program in nearby Johnson City.  In addition, he currently tutors area high school students virtually.  He has also volunteered weekly at a soup kitchen in the Binghamton area.


Between semesters, Daniel works two jobs:  summer camp counselor and at a local retail establishment.  He is an accomplished bowler and is a member the Binghamton University bowling club.  This semester he’s been sharing his enthusiasm for music by participating in the Binghamton University student radio station.  Yacht rock, anyone?


Molly is the daughter of Gary and Kay Scott from Syracuse, New York.  Molly is a 2021 graduate of Nottingham High School.  She is planning on attending Falk College at Syracuse University in the fall of 2021 and pursuing a BS in Nutrition Science and is considering either a minor in music or psychology.

Molly is a part of the National Honors Society at Nottingham High School in Syracuse, NY and participated in various clubs and sports including cross country, outdoor track, the performing arts club, Seeds of Peace, and Key Club.  She was awarded the Most Improved Player for outdoor track as well as the Coaches Award and Most Valuable Player in cross country.  Molly has spent her summers working either part-time babysitting, tutoring kids in science and math, and at Stronghearts Cafe in downtown Syracuse. She enjoys playing the piano, singing, painting, and cooking in her free time. 


Molly’s father, Gary Scott, is Professor and Director of Engineering at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse and her mother, Kay Scott, is the School Nurse at Meachem Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District.  Molly has an older sister, Megan, who attends Binghamton University and a younger sister Madeline who attends Nottingham High School.