ASC Scholarship Program
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The ASC Scholarship Program was initiated in memory of Gene Simmons, one of the industry's most experienced, knowledgeable and respected pressure sensitive adhesive formulators. Gene was very dedicated to his development work, but recognized the tremendous importance of passing his knowledge onto those less experienced in his field. In keeping with his spirit of willing mentorship, this award was started with the support of Evans Adhesive to support students in pursuit of their degree in a related field.  Learn more about Gene Simmons HERE.



Congratulations to all of the 2020 recipients and thank you for helping our industry 'Secure the Future'!

Matthew Han - $2,000
Matthew Han is a Senior at Boston College pursuing a double major in Chemistry and Economics. While in college, he has interned with Henkel for two years as well as Fidelity in 2019. Matthew has also served as a Teaching Assistant for an MBA course at the Carroll School of Management for the past three years. He is also involved with many social and volunteer organizations and is a member of the International Economics Honor Society. Matthew's career goals are to work in the chemical industry, preferably with adhesives and sealants. His father is employed by Henkel Corporation.

Matthias White - $1,500
Matthias White is a Senior at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, pursuing a B.S. degree in Management with a minor in Economics. While in college, he interned at Sika Corporation, where he worked in Product Management and R&D. Matthias is also active in his fraternity, and helps underprivileged kids with tutoring support and organizing sports events. His career plans include working for a manufacturing company where he can apply his management skills. His father is employed by Sika Corporation.

Aliah Hasna - $1,500
Aliah Hasna is a Junior at Seton Hall University, pursuing a B.S. degree in Chemistry. While a full-time student, she is employed in the chemistry labs, where she has responsibility for 25 sections of lab and spends several hours each week preparing materials and coordinating with TAs, professors, and other lab staff. Aliah will pursue a career in materials science where she can use her analytical chemistry education and one that permits her to travel and communicate with scientists around the world. Her father is employed by Kraton Corporation.

Reagan Hubbard - $1,000
Reagan Hubbard is a Sophomore with Junior standing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Certificate in International Engineering. While in college, she has had first-hand company experience through her internships, and her courses in polymer science and mechanical engineering have opened her eyes to how prevalent adhesives are in virtually every product. Reagan's volunteer experience includes providing tutoring services in math and engineering as well as with Badger Volunteers, where she has helped perform chores in homes. Her father is employed by H.B. Fuller.

Jack Koch - $1,000
Jack Koch is a Junior at Union College, pursuing a B.A. degree in Managerial Economics and a B.A. in Spanish and Hispanic Studies. While in college, he has interned for several years as a technical aid at 3M's Corporate Research Laboratory, specifically in the development of digital knitting. Jack is also Captain of the Union College Baseball Team, earning All-American honors as a freshman and sophomore. He has successfully balanced his academic and athletic workload while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. His father is employed by 3M.

This year's recipients will be formally announced on November 5th at ASC's Annual Convention and EXPO in Louisville November 4-6, 2020

Recipients are not required to attend the Annual Convention, but are strongly encouraged to do so. The event is an excellent way to learn about the industry and network with leading adhesive and sealant companies. You can view a list of member companies HERE. There is no registration fee for recipients to attend, but ASC must be notified by recipients of their plans to attend or not attend.

Accepting Applications for 2021 Scholarships Soon!
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Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for scholarship funds through the ASC Scholarship Program, candidates must:

  • Be a full-time junior or senior at an accredited college, university, or community college.
  • Be pursuing a degree in a science-related or business field of study.
  • Be a direct relative (child, stepchild or grandchild) of an employee currently employed by an active member of the ASC ("Active member" will be defined as any company that is in good standing as a current member of the ASC and has a record of recent participation in ASC programs and/or attendance at ASC conferences and events.)


Selection Process

The Selection Committee reviews all applications to determine the best overall applicants.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a recipient's relevant academic field of study, future career objective, and academic and/or leadership achievements.

The highest-rated students are selected as scholarship recipients.



Award Amounts

Scholarships will be awarded annually to 4-5 applicants, depending on the availability of funding, in an amount ranging between $500-$2,000 each, depending on the volume of selections.




ASC's Scholarship Program is funded exclusively from donations. To make a donation to the ASC Scholarship Program, please complete the online DONATIONS FORM or make a check payable to "ASC Scholarship Program" and send to: The Adhesive & Sealant Council (ASC), 510 King Street, Suite 418, Alexandria, VA 22314. Because ASC is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, donations are not tax deductible. All donors/donor companies will be announced at the ASC Annual Convention each year along with the scholarship recipients.



2021 Application

Applications for 2021 scholarships will be accepted beginning November 1, 2020, due by February 1, 2021.


Please submit a brief (500 words max) statement discussing:

  • the applicant's education, future career interests, academic or leadership achievements and relevant professional experience, and
  • how their education, experience, and achievements are potentially applicable to the adhesives and sealants industry.

Please also include the applicant's name, educational institution, year of study, and the name of the ASC member company. Please also include contact information for your educational institution's office of financial aid.


Once 2021 applications are open for submission, you'll send all completed applications to An email will be sent to you within 5 business days as confirmation of receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call 301-986-9700.



Distribution of Scholarships

These scholarships will be announced at the 2021 World Adhesive & Sealant Conference (WAC2021) in Chicago, IL, April 19-21, 2021. Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient's college or university.



2019 ASC Scholarship Award Recipients


Shay Hubbard, University of Wisconsin-Madison - $2,000

Matthew Han, Boston College - $2,000

Theresa Cahill, University of Tennessee at Knoxville - $2,000

Karen Li, Emory University - $1,000

Joey Griese, University of Wisconsin at Stout - $1,000

Matthias White, University of Massachusetts at Amherst - $1,000

The 2019 recipients were announced on April 10, 2019 during ASC's 2019 Annual Spring Convention and EXPO in Philadelphia. Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient's college or university.

2018 ASC Scholarship Award Recipients


Andrea Jorissen, St. Olaf College - $1,500

Joey Griese, University of Wisconsin at Stout - $1,500

Jason Miller, Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - $500

Karen Li, Emory University's Goizueta Business School - $500

The 2018 recipients were announced on April 25, 2018 during ASC's 2018 Annual Spring Convention and EXPO in Miami. Scholarship funds are sent to the financial aid offices at the recipient's college or university.

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