The AATCC Foundation’s Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Scholarship is a $5,000 per year scholarship supporting students pursuing a career or coursework in textile engineering, textile chemistry, textile science or a related discipline.


  • Undergraduate students
  • Study in textile engineering, chemistry, science or related discipline
  • Career goals in the fields of textile engineering, textile chemistry, textile science, or a related discipline
  • Citizens of the United States

Selection Criteria

  • SAT/ ACT scores or college/university GPA
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in high school, college or the community
  • Financial need
  • Work experience


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

Applications must include:

  • 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

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.

Gordon Osborne

Gordon Osborne received a BS from the Lowell Technical Institute and an MS and PhD 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 World 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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