The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently announced the recipients of its member-only Scholarship Program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholarships totaling $7,500 were awarded to five outstanding students pursuing science and/or business-related degrees. The 2021 ASC Scholarship recipients are:
- Maija Beckwith, a junior at Iowa State University pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. While in college, she has worked as a corporate technology intern at Donaldson Co. and also has an internship this summer with 3M. She is active in several extracurricular activities while maintaining a GPA of 3.9, including the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), where she holds the leadership position of vice president of the SWENext committee. She has a passion for research and development on a product that touches customers' daily lives. She says she has learned from her father, who is employed by H.B. Fuller, that adhesives are found in countless products that we use every day.
- Morgan Norris, a junior at Pennsylvania State University pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. While in college, he has been active in the Penn State Habitat for Humanity and THON, which is the largest student-run philanthropy fighting against pediatric cancer. This summer, he has an internship with a large adhesive manufacturer. Morgan's interest is in finding more ways adhesives can replace mechanical fasteners. After graduation, he is interested in pursuing a position with an adhesive manufacturer to work on new adhesive designs with advanced adhering capabilities. Morgan is especially interested in applying advanced adhering capabilities in the aerospace industry, since the aerospace industry relies heavily on working toward lightweight alternatives. His mother is employed by Dow.
- Adam Colteryahn, a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in biomolecular engineering. While in college, he has interned with several companies, including Kraton Corp. Adam is active outside the classroom, participating in AIChE and Engineers Without Borders. Additionally, he has worked as a TA and tutor for freshman-level biology and chemistry courses. He believes that his education in chemical and biomolecular engineering combined with the adhesive industry would provide him a great opportunity to contribute to areas of innovation and sustainability. His father is employed by Kraton.
- Nicholas Amann, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a degree in electrical engineering, currently with a 3.98 GPA. While in college, he has interned at the appliance manufacturer Sub-Zero Wolf, where he experienced that electrical components are becoming smaller and adhesives are the most effective way to assemble them. He believes the adhesives industry will play an increasingly important role in the electronics boom. He is also interested in working in the field of electric vehicles and batteries, having had some exposure to this through a Formula SAE team at his school where he works on the Electric-Car sub-team. Nicholas' father is employed by The 3M Co.
- Hunter Godina, a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursuing a degree in computer science. He has spent both summers in college working with different companies to prepare him for the working world after graduation. After his freshman year, Hunter worked with a supply chain startup company in Chicago, Ill., developing new software for tracking international commercial freight over any mode of transportation. Following his sophomore year, he worked with a financial institution in Lincoln, Neb., developing solutions for handling customer service and sales. Hunter serves as vice president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. Hunter's father is employed by TR International.
"On behalf of the ASC Board and staff, I am honored to announce this year's scholarship recipients, an accomplished and well-rounded group of students with a bright future ahead," said Bill Allmond, ASC president. "This membership program is an important way in which ASC helps support the next generation achieve their collegiate goals, preparing them for their career."
This year's recipients will be formally recognized at ASC's Convention and EXPO this October in Orlando. ASC will begin accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year on November 1, 2021.
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 very dedicated to his development work and recognized the tremendous importance of passing his knowledge onto 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.
For more information about the members-only ASC Scholarship Program, visit www.ascouncil.org/scholarships.