AATCC Foundation Woodruff Textile Manufacturing Scholarship


The AATCC Foundation Percy W. Woodruff Jr. Textile Manufacturing Scholarship is a $2,500 scholarship designed to support a non-traditional, undergraduate college student attending Clemson University. To be eligible for this scholarship, students MUST be enrolled at Clemson University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).  A “non-traditional student” denotes a student who is disadvantaged in some sense: perhaps by race or ethnicity or perhaps by getting started in college in the wrong major and experiencing a low initial grade point ratio (GPR) that results in the student being ineligible for traditional financial assistance.

Scholarship Eligibility
Undergraduate student attending and enrolled in Clemson University Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Selection Criteria
Priority will be given to eligible applicants in the Clemson University MSE program; additional criteria includes:
a. Non-traditional student status (based on personal statement)
b. Financial need
c. Preference to students NOT in their final year before graduation
d. Textile manufacturing experience (e.g., internship or co-op)
e. Expectation of graduation in a reasonable time period

If no eligible student from Clemson University MSE is identified, the funds will be provided to Gaston College in support of one or more student(s). Eligible Gaston College students will be identified directly by college faculty rather than through the online application process.

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

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

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

The Woodruff Textile Manufacturing Scholarship is named for Percy W. Woodruff, Jr., who   was a non-traditional university student. The oldest of five children, whose father achieved up to a 6th grade education, Percy worked many jobs in high school in order to pay his way to North Carolina State University. These jobs included stage managing for a Raleigh theater, textile manufacturing, and paper manufacturing. Despite the large number of jobs, the only way he 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 the US textile industry, retiring from Burlington Industries.