The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently awarded scholarships totaling $7,000 through the ASC Scholarship Program to five outstanding students pursuing science and/or business-related degrees. The scholarship program was established in 2017 in memory of Gene Simmons, one of the industry’s most experienced, knowledgeable, and respected pressure-sensitive adhesive formulators. Simmons was dedicated to his development work and recognized the importance of passing his knowledge on to those less-experienced in his field. In keeping with his spirit of willing mentorship, the program was started with the support of his wife, Irene, and Evans Adhesive to support students in pursuit of their degree in a related field. Scholarships are made possible only through donations.
Matthew Han ($2,000) 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 and with Fidelity in 2019. Han has also served as a teaching assistant for an MBA course at the Carroll School of Management for the past three years, is involved with many social and volunteer organizations, and is a member of the International Economics Honor Society. His career goals are to work in the chemical industry, preferably with adhesives and sealants. His father is employed by Henkel Corp.
Matthias White ($1,500) 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 Corp., where he worked in product management and R&D. White 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 Corp.
Aliah Hasna ($1,500) 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. She 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. Hasna’s father is employed by Kraton Corp.
Reagan Hubbard ($1,000) is a sophomore with junior standing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a certificate in international engineering. While in college, she has had first-hand company experience through her internships. Her courses in polymer science and mechanical engineering have opened her eyes to how prevalent adhesives are in virtually every product. Hubbard’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) 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. Koch 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.
The scholarship recipients will be formally announced on November 5 at ASC’s Annual Convention and EXPO in Louisville. For more information about the ASC Scholarship Program, visit www.ascouncil.org/scholarships.