Awards & Scholarships

TAPPI Young Professionals of the Year Award

This award recognizes Young Professionals employed in the global forest products, pulp, paper, tissue, packaging, and associated industries for their contributions in the following areas: Leadership, Community Service, Problem Solving Contributions to Scientific or Engineering Projects. Eligible nominees are age 35 or younger, with no more than 10 years of industry experience, and been a TAPPI member for a minimum of one year.

Originally named “TAPPI’s Top 20 Under 30” award, this award was initiated in 2015 to recognize 20 aspiring, young leaders in the paper, packaging, tissue and related industries. The award was amended by the Young Professionals Division in 2017 to recognize a smaller group of young professionals, in an effort to raise the level of prestige of the award, expand the demographics of winners to be more inclusive of all younger professionals, and provide more exposure for each awardee. The award was elevated to Association level status starting with the 2018 class.

Nominations are due by August 1 of each year for the award to be presented the following calendar year.   

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2021 TAPPI YP of the Year Award Winners


Lena Sharesky, PCA


Avery Wilson, Jacobs


Kyle Duffy, International Paper

Josiah Fonte, Westrock

Josiah Fonte, Westrock

Kimberly Hollifield, International Paper

Kimberly Hollifield, International Paper