AATCC Foundation Connelly/Perkins Graduate Fellowship


Due to the generosity of Charles E. Gavin, III, AATCC Foundation, Inc. is pleased to offer the new AATCC Foundation Connelly/Perkins Graduate Fellowship to worthy U.S. students pursuing their Ph.D. degrees in fibrous and polymeric materials at Clemson University Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).


Applicant must be a U.S. citizen pursuing a Ph.D. with a focus on fibrous and polymeric materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University. Preference is for a graduating senior, or a masters student who has made application and been accepted into the Ph.D. program.  The fellowship is intended to be offered to a deserving student for one academic year.


Graduate students are to submit an AATCC Foundation application to the AATCC Foundation Connelly/Perkins Graduate Fellowship Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will review all applications, nominate an intended recipient, and submit this information to the AATCC Foundation Board of Directors for approval. In the event that the nominated recipient decides not to pursue his/her degree, the Foundation Board may approve another eligible recipient as an alternate.


The fellowship amount of $5,000 will be paid to the recipient in full prior to the beginning of the fall semester each year, preferably in July or August.


Students receiving the AATCC Foundation Connelly/Perkins Fellowship are eligible to attend the AATCC International Conference free of charge during the year of their fellowship, as is the case with other AATCC Foundation named scholarships. Under the current rules, the fellowship recipients would be allowed to ask for travel reimbursement for up to $500 from AATCC Foundation, provided expense receipts are submitted for such expenditures. There is also the possibility of the student submitting a poster regarding his/her Ph.D. research for consideration at the AATCC International Conference.

Eligible students may fill out the Scholarship Application Form.
Application deadline is MARCH 31.

HISTORY of the AATCC Foundation Connelly/Perkins Graduate Fellowship:

Charles E. Gavin III, chief executive officer and board chairman of MFG Chemical, headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, also served as past president of AATCC, and chair of AATCC Foundation, Inc. from 1999-2000, and as  AATCC and AATCC Foundation Treasurer from 2003-2012. Gavin  was instrumental in forming AATCC’s public charitable arm, AATCC Foundation, Inc., and was the first contributor to AATCC Foundation. Over the years, Gavin has made many additional donations in support of numerous named scholarships, including the establishment of the AATCC Foundation Connelly/Perkins Graduate Fellowship; this fellowship honors two individuals, who were graduates of Clemson University, and instrumental in the continued success of AATCC Foundation, Inc.

The two individuals honored with this named fellowship are:

 Roland Connelly, a retired Industrial Color Scientist,and currently a consultant to the color, retail, and lighting industries. Connelly served as president of AATCC in 2003 and 2004.

Warren Perkins, Alumni Professor Emeritus, Auburn University, and retired Georgia Power Company Professor of Textiles, University of Georgia, is currently serving a five -year term (2013-2017) as Treasurer of AATCC and the AATCC Foundation, Inc. Perkins served as president of AATCC in 1991-1992.