Debra HibbardJune 22, 2021 Foundation Newsletter

Up to five Piedmont Scholarships are presented each year to students studying at schools in the AATCC Piedmont Section (VA, WV, NC, SC). This $3,000 scholarship is just one of more than 20 awarded by the AATCC Foundation each year. Learn more about the 2021-2022 class of Piedmont Scholars in their own words.

Deja Herelle

I am a rising Senior from Garner, North Carolina studying Fashion and Textile Design with a concentration in Fashion Design and a minor in Business Administration at North Carolina State University. I am honored to be receiving the Piedmont Section Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Over the past year, I have continued to work as a wedding alterations intern in addition to going to school. Currently, I am interning for Kohl’s this summer for apparel design. I would like to thank everyone at AATCC for the help and support I have received over the past few years. With the help of this scholarship, I will be continuing my education in textiles and pursuing a career in apparel design. I am more than grateful for this opportunity, and I am looking forward to finishing strong. Thank you AATCC!


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Madeline Hall

I attend the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University in Raleigh as a  member of the University’s Scholars Program. I have always had an interest in the textile and apparel industries, and I am very excited for the opportunity to continue this passion by majoring in Fashion and Textile Management. I plan to combine all of my passions and investigate solutions to the problems of environmental, economic, and social sustainability in apparel and textiles. I am beyond grateful for what this scholarship has provided me, as receiving it has had a significant impact on lowering my tuition costs at NC State. With this scholarship, I plan to continue my academic success in the textile program, my participation in extracurriculars, and my efforts to help others in my community through volunteering. As a sophomore with a junior standing now, I also plan to explore additional academic textile-related opportunities such as pursuing research, studying abroad, and working professional internships. Additionally, I am extremely appreciative of the AATCC Summit invitation, AATCC student membership, and access to association benefits. Upon returning to NC State in the fall, I will also continue my participation in the university’s AATCC chapter. I would like to thank AATCC Foundation for all that they do for the textile industry, as well as their generous scholarship and support. I am truly honored to be this year’s AATCC Piedmont Scholarship recipient and I will honor their support and be a positive representation of the AATCC community while at North Carolina State University.


Jessica Schwendeman

I am a North Carolina native and senior in Textile Engineering at NC State University. With every semester, I become more fascinated with my field of study and more excited to work in such an incredible industry. After graduation, I hope to complete a master’s degree in Textile Engineering at NC State to deepen my knowledge in special textile topics and better prepare me for my career in industry. My dream for my career has always been to use my skills in a meaningful way that will impact the lives of others. To fulfill this dream, I would like to work in military textile research and development. The years of service and dedication of the many military members I know inspires me to use my degree for their benefit. With the knowledge and skills I am developing, I hope to contribute to advancing the protection and innovation the military deserves in their clothes and gear. I am deeply grateful to the AATCC for helping me to pursue this goal. Thanks to the assistance of this scholarship, I am free to focus on making my plans reality without financial stress. The AATCC’s generosity and encouragement continually amazes me, and I am thankful for its unfailing support.



You can support students like these with a donation to AATCC Foundation. Gifts of $100 or more in 2021 are recognized with a gold pin in honor of AATCC’s 100th anniversary.


Alex Hutchens

I am from New Bern, North Carolina, and am a rising sophomore at North Carolina State University. I grew up a dancer and took part in my school’s dance team. During the summers I lifeguard and also work in retail. I enjoy learning about current fashion trends and how they will change in the future. I plan on taking courses throughout the next school year to learn more in depth about fashion trends. Being a member of the AATCC has helped strengthen my knowledge in areas of textiles I had no previous knowledge of, and this scholarship has further connected me to this organization. I am grateful to be given this scholarship and excited to see the positive impacts it will have on my learning experience. In the future, I plan to find my career in trend forecasting and analysis, where I can continue my love of fashion trends.



Sophie Frain

I am a rising sophomore at NC State University in the Polymer and Color Chemistry program (American Chemical Society Certification concentration). During my first year at NC State, I have been our AATCC student chapter Social Media Chair. This summer, I am participating in a Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) program at the Zeis Textile  Extension Dyeing and Finishing Lab. Post-graduation, I hope to be contributing to sustainable textiles. Many thanks to the AATCC Scholarship Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of the Piedmont Section Scholarship! I will forever be grateful for the impacts AATCC has already had and will continue to have on my education.

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