Scholarship Details

AATCC Grants and Scholarships

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UG and GR Students


To increase knowledge of the application of colorants, chemicals, and polymers in the Textile Industry

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 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.


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.

Terms of Award:

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.

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PRINT a copy of the completed application form, attach the requested documents and mail to:

AATCC Foundation, Inc.
Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Scholarship Committee
PO Box 12215, 1 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2215

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