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2020 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 2020.


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 Randolph Butler Jr. and Daniel Palmer. Please join the entire Executive Board of Empire State TAPPI/PIMA, in congratulating Daniel and Randolph on their achievements.  We are proud to award these scholarships to such fine students, and wish them both continued success!


Randolph Butler, Jr. is the son of Randy and Dawn Butler of Frankfort, NY.  Randolph has a two year AA degree from Herkimer County Community College. While at Herkimer, Randolph was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  Randolph is currently a junior at SUNY Polytechnic Institute pursuing a BS in Business Administration.  He was on the President’s List this past fall semester. 

While at HCCC and SUNY Poly, Randolph played on the men’s soccer team.  He is an active member of his community volunteering as a youth soccer coach and mentor.  For the past four summers, Randolph has been a volunteer for the youth bureau golf program. 

Randolph’s father, Randy Butler, is Sales Manager of Morey Paper Mill Supply Co., Inc. in Frankfort, NY and his mom Dawn works at an elementary school in New Hartford.  Randolph has an older sister Sophia who started with Ernst and Young just last year, and a younger brother Nicholas who is a high school junior. 


Daniel Palmer is the son of Ranya and Bill Palmer (Area Manager at Mohawk Paper Mills, Waterford, NY). He is a 2019 graduate of Niskayuna High School, where he was awarded with Medal of Excellence and Medal of Academic Excellence awards.  In addition, he received Certificates of Merit for excellence in Mathematics, Foreign Language, Science and Social Studies.  

Dan is an avid bowler and bowled for his high school where he was awarded Most Honored Senior Bowler.  He bowled with the Schenectady USBC Junior Bowling Association for 10 years and was acknowledged with a Merit Award, High Average Award, and a 300 Award for bowling 2 perfect games during the 2018-2019 season.   He has volunteered at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital for over 2 years, and received a Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2019.

Currently Dan is attending Binghamton University where he maintains a 4.0 average and participates in the Freshman Research Immersion Honors Program.  He is pursuing a degree in biochemistry on a pre-med track. He enjoys studying languages and is considering a minor in Arabic. In addition to his course work he is involved with the Binghamton Bowling Club, the Med Life Club, and the university's Center for Civic Engagement. He volunteers regularly at a local soup kitchen, and tutors middle school students at an after-school program.

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