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AATCC Foundation is offering two new scholarships

Dec '19
AATCC Foundation is offering two brand new scholarships - NCTO Paul T O’Day Scholarship and Percy W Woodruff Jr Textile Manufacturing Scholarship. Thus, it will be providing more funding to students in textile and related fields in future. For 2020-2021 academic year, AATCC Foundation will award more than 35 scholarships and fellowships worth nearly $150,000.

“The Paul O’Day Memorial Scholarship was created to honour a man whose influence and legacy in the fibre sector of the textile industry was revered as he served as president of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) for more than three decades,” said NCTO president & CEO Kimberly Glas.

Since the 2018 merger of AFMA with the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), the scholarship is awarded to children of employees at NCTO Fiber Council member companies.

“The National Council of Textile Organizations is pleased to partner with the AATCC Foundation to promote this scholarship and select recipients with outstanding academic achievements who desire to choose career paths to support the American fibre industry.”

The O’Day Scholarship provides $5,000 per year to an undergraduate student, renewable for up to four years.

The Woodruff Textile Manufacturing Scholarship is named for Percy W Woodruff, Jr, who was a non-traditional university student. Despite working several jobs, the only way Woodruff could afford to complete his college education was through the GI Bill as a WWII veteran and income from his wife’s teaching career. After graduating from college with a degree in textiles, he spent his career in US textile industry, retiring from Burlington Industries.

The Woodruff Scholarship is awarded to other ‘non-traditional students’ particularly those in the Clemson University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Non-traditional students may be anyone disadvantaged by starting college late or in the wrong major, or any other circumstance.

Recipients of the Woodruff Scholarship receive $2,500. All Foundation scholars are also eligible for free registration and reimbursement of travel funds to attend the AATCC International Conference.

AATCC Foundation Inc is a charitable organisation, funded by tax-deductible donations from those who wish to support the future of the textile industry.

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, US, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

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