Debra HibbardJune 22, 2021 Foundation Newsletter

The AATCC Foundation presents more than 20 different scholarships to students studying various aspects of textiles. Read more for a brief profile of each 2021-2022 Charles H. Stone scholar in their own words.

Stone Scholarships support juniors and seniors majoring in polymer or textile chemistry at North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles or Clemson University College of Engineering and Science. Four $6,000 Charles H. Stone Scholarships are awarded each year.


Luis Martinez

I am 21 years old and going into my 4th year at the Wilson College of Textiles majoring in Polymer and Color Chemistry, while also double minoring in Biological Science and Forensic Science. On campus, I am an active general body member of the NC State Chapter of the AATCC, I have served on two executive boards of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and I am currently the President of the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. I recently got accepted to be a Wilson College of Textiles Student Ambassador and I see this as an opportunity to get more involved within the Wilson College community. This summer, I am taking part in the Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) program at the Wilson College of Textiles working under Dr. Januka Budhathoki Uprety. The project that I am working on this summer is the development of a hydrophobic and cotton seed oil-based textile finish for Cotton Inc. This scholarship will help me become the first college educated graduate in my family and as a first-generation college student, this scholarship will help me graduate debt-free. I am extremely grateful to the AATCC Foundation for considering me for this scholarship. Making a change through textiles has been my goal since I came to college and this scholarship will no doubt help me on that path.


Shane Harrington

I am a rising senior at NC State University, studying Polymer & Color Chemistry with a concentration in Medical Sciences. I am heavily involved on and off campus through leadership positions in organizations at NC State, along with being an avid volunteer in hospitals and clinics in Raleigh N.C. I am also involved in biomedical research, with my projects focusing on tissue engineering and dynamic scaffolds, along with another utilizing an implantable textile to target a rare pediatric cancer. I am also a student-athlete, ranked top 10 nationally as a collegiate powerlifter. At the moment, I am in the process of applying to medical school, with a backup plan of getting my master’s degree in biomedical engineering.




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.


 Kayleena Otero

I am from Garner, North Carolina. I grew up in the Raleigh-Garner area and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and currently attend NC State University’s Wilson College of Textiles. I am currently pursuing my B.S. in Polymer and Colour Chemistry with a concentration in Science and Operations. Along with my bachelors’ degree, I have also begun taking graduate level classes for my Masters in Textile Chemistry through an Accelerated Bachelors-Masters’ Program. I am currently working on a color matching project in the Datacolor Color Science Lab under Dr. Renzo Shamey through the college’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and have enjoyed learning more about what goes into color matching textiles and working with spectrophotometry. Aside from academics, I am the president of the Society of Future Cosmetic Industry Professionals, a club in which students interested in the cosmetic industry can learn about the ingredients and chemistry that go into cosmetic products and different careers in the industry. I am also a member of the Gamma Xi chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity, a Professional Chemistry-Based fraternity. Being a recipient of the Charles H. Stone Scholarship is an honor and a privilege, and I am very grateful for the opportunity from the AATCC Foundation. This award is not only a financial relief for the upcoming semesters and allows me to focus on my schooling, but this award personally has helped me to believe in myself and solidify my place in the community of polymer and color chemists. In the future I plan on completing my Masters in Textile Chemistry and pursuing research in the fields of the use of dyes and pigments in cosmetics and the applications of biopolymers within the cosmetic industry.


Eelya Sefat

I am a rising junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Polymer and Color Chemistry. Currently, I am conducting research in Dr. Gluck’s lab investigating electrospinning scaffolds and coating them with proteins as a method of treatment for different illnesses. Being a recipient of the Charles H. Stone Scholarship is a true honor for me. Receiving this scholarship has been an indication to me that others outside of the typically academic community I am used to at the Wilson College of Textiles also believe in my talents and work just as much as those in the community. I hope to make the legacy of the scholarship proud by upholding the traits of Charles H. Stone as I progress through my academic and professional career. Similar to Mr. Stone, I hope to be a pioneer in whatever fields I become a part of and use my knowledge for a greater good to help progress our communities through whatever trying times we may face ahead. I am forever grateful for the blessing I have received in the form of the Charles H. Stone Scholarship.


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