The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently announced the recipients of its member-only Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Totaling $7,000, the scholarships were awarded in the spring to five outstanding students pursuing science and/or business-related degrees.

The 2020 ASC Scholarship Recipients are:

  • Matthew Han ($2,000), a senior at Boston College pursuing a double major in chemistry and economics. While in college, he interned with Henkel for two years, as well as with Fidelity in 2019. He also served as a teaching assistant for an MBA course at the Carroll School of Management for multiple years. Han was involved with many social and volunteer organizations, including 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), 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 was also active in his fraternity and helped 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), a junior at Seton Hall University, pursuing a B.S. degree in chemistry. While a full-time student, she works in the chemistry labs, with responsibility for 25 sections of lab. She spends several hours each week preparing materials and coordinating with TAs, professors, and other lab staff. Hasna 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 Corp.
  • Reagan Hubbard ($1,000), 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), 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 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.

ASC is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information, visit