AATCC Foundation NCTO Paul T. O’Day Memorial Scholarship


AATCC Foundation is pleased to partner with the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) to offer the Paul T. O’Day Scholarship.

To be eligible for the Paul T. O’Day Scholarship, at least one parent or guardian of a student must be employee of an NCTO member company and/or organization. Applicants may be the sons or daughters, legally adopted children, or stepchildren of any active employee of an NCTO member company. Non-dues paying members of NCTO are not eligible for this program.

The Paul T. O’Day Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship that will be awarded per academic year up to four years, for a cumulative scholarship of $20,000.  Applicants may pursue any area of study supportive of the American fiber industry. This includes, but is not limited to business, marketing, design, accounting, or engineering.

IMPORTANT: This scholarship application REQUIRES a faculty letter to be attached. Please ask a faculty member to write a recommendation letter and either give it to you to include in the application form, or email to Debra Hibbard at AATCC Foundation, who will post on the application form.

This scholarship is intended for

    • undergraduate rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors attending any accredited four-year, degree-granting college
    • students attending any accredited two-year college, with plans to transfer credits to a four-year college or university for completion of a four-year degree,
    • or any accredited technical college for completion of a two-year degree program.


Students who receive this scholarship:

    • must remain continuously enrolled throughout the academic year unless called for military service or affected by serious illness.
    • must carry a course load sufficient to be classified as a full-time student.
    • must notify the Foundation of any changes in his or her educational plans, including transfer or change of major. Failure to do so may result in loss of the scholarship.
    • may be enrolled in the co-op program of the college and may attend summer school provided attendance is for the purpose of accelerating graduation.
    • may attend any college or university in the United States and transfer to another school while receiving the scholarship.

Selection Criteria

The NCTO Review Committee will consider the following in selecting scholarship recipients:

    • Letter of recommendation REQUIRED (from teacher or faculty)
    • Personal statement explaining how this scholarship will assist studies in support of the American fiber industry. The statement may include details about choosing a school, selecting a curriculum, or planning a career. Personal information may be included to clarify the applicant’s comments.
    • Honors and awards, including academic achievement
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Community, church, or service activities
    • SAT or ACT scores (high school seniors)
    • Grade point average/ratio (GPA/GPR)
    • GPA in major (college students)
    • Transcript
    • Financial need and other scholarships awarded

Scholarship Renewal

Scholarship recipients may renew the award annually by submitting a complete transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5/4.0. The NCTO Scholarship Review Committee may request additional evidence of satisfactory progress toward graduation. Renewals for any individual will not be made more than once for students working toward two-year technical degrees or more than three times for students pursuing four-year degrees. Renewals will not be made for work beyond the undergraduate level.

Applications are due by March 31. Applicants will be notified of the AATCC Foundation NCTO Paul T. O’Day Scholarship by May 30.

Those who satisfy the above criteria are invited to submit a completed Scholarship Application Form.  Questions:  contact Debra Hibbard, AATCC Foundation

Paul T. O’Day
NCTOThe Paul T. O’Day Scholarship was established in honor of Paul T. O’Day, who served as President of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) for more  than 30 years. After the merger of AFMA into NCTO, the NCTO Fiber Council voted  to continue the scholarship, awarding it to a candidate from an NCTO Fiber Council member company for studies in support of the American fiber industry.

O’Day passed away on June 1, 2017, but his legacy and dedication to the fiber industry lives on through the continuation of the Paul T. O’Day Scholarship fund, which was set up in 2014 to help students pursue a degree in a fiber related field.