Undergraduate students at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering may apply for this $6,000 scholarship. The Gavin Family Scholarship provides $3,000, and Georgia Institute of Technology provides matching funds of $3,000. Two scholarships are awarded each year. Students who receive this scholarship may be eligible to have it renewed for a second year.


  • Rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors
  • Attending (or planning to attend) Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Coursework focus in textile related programs (textiles/polymer science)
  • Native-born U.S. Citizen, eligible for in-state tuition

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership in school or community
  • Financial need
  • SAT scores
  • Academic expectancy to graduate
  • Work experience and history


Applications due February 29. Applicants will be notified by early summer.

To access and complete the AATCC Foundation scholarship application form, click here. You may be eligible for this and other AATCC Foundation scholarships.

For questions, contact AATCC Foundation Inc at 919.549.3524 or email India Hansen.

Mr. Charles E. Gavin III

Charles E. Gavin, III has been a very active member of AATCC since 1958 when he joined the student chapter at Auburn University. He served as a Councilor of the Southeastern Section, AATCC President,  and treasurer of AATCC and AATCC Foundation. Gavin was instrumental in establishing AATCC Foundation Inc.

Gavin began his textile career in 1959 as a shift dyer in the carpet industry. He quickly grew from superintendent of carpet dyeing to vice-president of carpet manufacturing. Under his direction, the first acid-dyed nylon carpet product line was developed, which changed the direction of the carpet dyeing industry by providing products with superior colorfastness properties. Gavin formed MFG Chemical Inc, which continues to produce a wide range of surfactants and polymers in two manufacturing plants. Today, Gavin serves as Chair of the Board of MFG Chemical Inc.

Gavin attributes his career successes to the education he received at Auburn. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Textile Management (Dyeing Option) in 1959. Gavin’s first two years at Auburn were funded by a scholarship he received from West Point-Pepperell and money he received from the University’s co-op program.

Gavin never forgot the assistance and support he received from those caring individuals who helped foster his growth in his early college and work career. In order to pass along the opportunities provided to him, he created the Charles E. Gavin III Family Scholarship for students studying  materials science and engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and for students studying polymer and fiber engineering at Auburn University.

“It is the desire and hope of the Gavin Family that those students who are chosen to receive this scholarship will, someday, consider passing this opportunity on to another deserving student.”

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