The Recycling Education and Research Foundation continues to fulfill its mission in two primary areas: funding research beneficial to the recycling industry, and offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as military veterans.


Veterans’ Stipend

The 2022 application period is now open! Click here for the application forms and guidelines.

The Recycling Education and Research Foundation is keenly aware of the number of veterans who need financial aid as they seek to pursue personal and professional development. Understanding that not all expenses may be covered through traditional government and scholarship aid, RERF created a stipend of up to $10,000, open to those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. The stipend is $2,500 per year and is eligible for renewal for up to 4 years. Awards will be announced on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2022.

For inquiries email RERF staff.


Research Grants

A priority of the Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF) is to work with the recycling industry to identify appropriate research and programs that benefit the industry. The Recycling Education and Research Foundation is focused on finding topics that have the greatest application and advancement for the industry.

RERF is able to fund a broad array of projects with the purpose of advancing the industry. Through the years, the Recycling Education and Research Foundation funded numerous studies, including:

  • Adoption of the new lugger truck container securement standards by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
  • A comprehensive study in Houston, TX analyzing the air quality from recycling facilities and nearby neighborhoods.
  • Creation of a uniform ASTM standard that governs the manufacture of loose-filled playground mulch.

If you believe your research will benefit recycled material processing or the recycling industry, and you’re interested in receiving funding from the Recycling Education and Research Foundation, we’d like to hear from you.

For inquiries email RERF staff.

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National Scholarships

The Recycling Education and Research Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to more than 1,200 students. The Foundation has advanced the recycling industry through its academic support and dedication to higher education.

Since 2010, the Recycling Education and Research Foundation has sponsored a graduate scholarship to individuals seeking a graduate degree in programs that support scrap processing or the recycling industry. Recognizing the need for affordable graduate education, the Foundation created a $5,000 national scholarship open to graduates regardless of their affiliation with ISRI.

The industry needs individuals who want to provide solutions and advance the industry with innovative technology and policies. We look towards the next generation to move the industry forward. If you have a passion for recycling and for the advancement of sustainability, we encourage you to apply and learn more about the scrap recycling industry.

The current application period is closed. Check back soon for 2023 scholarship information! For inquiries email RERF staff.

Nathan Logan 2020 Recipient

2020 National Scholarship Winner
Nathan Logan

Nathan Logan pursued a Masters of Science in Risk and Insurance (MSRI) from Butler University. Through his studies, Logan hopes to advance safety integration in the workplace, and help companies reduce risk and thrive in an ever-changing marketplace.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship. Being selected feels like a validation of hard work and the aspirations I hope to reach for,” said Logan.


Chapter Scholarships

The Recycling Education and Research Foundation provides scholarships funded by ISRI national chapters with scholarship programs. These programs award scholarships to dependents of employees of active ISRI member companies. Each chapter establishes the qualification criteria and the amount, and selects its own recipients.

A current list of ISRI Chapters with a scholarship program:

  • ISRI Empire Chapter
  • ISRI Gulf Coast Chapter
  • ISRI Indiana Chapter
  • ISRI Michigan Chapter Application
  • ISRI Mid-Atlantic Chapter
  • ISRI Northern Ohio Chapter
  • ISRI Ohio Valley Chapter
  • ISRI Pacific Northwest Chapter
  • ISRI PSI Chapter
  • ISRI Rocky Mountain Chapter Application 
  • ISRI Southeast Chapter
  • ISRI Upper Midwest Chapter
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