Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Scholarship


The AATCC Foundation’s Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Scholarship is a $5,000 per year scholarship that supports students pursuing a career or performing coursework in textile engineering, textile chemistry, textile science or a related discipline. Recipients are eligible to receive one half of the award for the fall semester, and one half for the spring semester.

Scholarship Eligibility
An undergraduate level college student attending (or accepted into) an accredited university, who is enrolled in a textile-related program, and whose career goals are in the fields of textile engineering, textile chemistry, textile science, or a related discipline. Applicants are limited to citizens of the United States.

Selection Criteria
Selections will be based on the following criteria and all selections are final:
• Enrollment at an accredited university in one of the required disciplines
• SAT/ ACT scores or college/university GPA
• Demonstrated leadership skills in high school, college or the community
• Financial need
• Work experience

Applications are considered complete if they include the following:
• Application
• Resume or letter of work experience (including internships)
• Personal statement of 500 words or less, freely expressing interest in textile or      related field, academic and professional aspirations, financial need and expectations, with particular emphasis on intended career following graduation
• Copy of college transcripts

Applications are due to AATCC by March 31. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by May 30.

Those who satisfy the above criteria are invited to submit a completed Scholarship Application Form.



Gordon Osborne received a B.S. from the Lowell Technical Institute and an M.S. and Ph.D from the University of North Carolina before joining Warwick Mills in Rhode Island in 1934. He became president and treasurer of the company in 1948, after leveraging his scientific background into making Warwick Mills a go-to company for fabrics during Worldhttps://www.aatcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/G.Osborne.png War II.

“Given his scientific and research background, Gordon got Warwick to produce parachute cloth, which was new and necessary during the war,” said Karl Spilhaus, a longtime colleague of the Osbornes and chairman of the museum’s board of trustees.

Osborne continued to spearhead the company’s evolution after the war, leading the charge to produce sail cloth, kevlar, industrial fabrics, and even the cloth for a vehicle that landed on Mars. He continued to have a major role in the company well into his 70s and 80s.

“Gordon was a genius at machinery, engineering, every aspect of making fabrics,” said Spilhaus. “He was so business-smart in the way he was able to keep the company moving into the right markets.

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For questions, please contact AATCC Foundation, Inc. at 919/549-3524 or email Debra Hibbard.