NCTO announces winner of O’Day Memorial Scholarship

Posted June 30, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council of Textile Organization’s (NCTO) Fiber Council announced Rachel Crouse of Reidsville, N.C., as the recipient of the 2021 Paul T. O’Day Scholarship Award.


She is the daughter of Sandra and Martin Crouse, who is employed by Unifi, Inc.


Crouse graduated in June with high academic honors and achievements from Rockingham County High School. She will attend North Carolina State University in the fall. She plans to pursue a career as an engineer working to reduce the environmental impacts of the textile industry.


“I am extremely grateful to be the recipient of the NCTO Paul T. O’Day Scholarship as it will help enable me to fully focus on academics through college,” Crouse said. “With the help of this scholarship, I hope to graduate early and begin making an impact either through research within a graduate studies program or through my career.”


NCTO Fiber Council Chairman David Poston, president of Palmetto Synthetics LLC, commented, “We are pleased to recognize Ms. Crouse’s record of honors and achievements and passion for critical thinking and problem solving as we name her the 2021 recipient of our Paul T. O’Day Memorial Scholarship. On behalf of the Fiber Council, we congratulate Ms. Crouse and wish her continued success in her academic career.”


The scholarship program was created in 2014 in honor of Paul T. O’Day, who served as president of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) for more than three decades. The association merged with the NCTO in 2018, and NCTO’s Fiber Council now administers the scholarship program. Recipients receive a $5,000 award each year, totaling $20,000 for four years of study. Sons or daughters of NCTO’s Fiber Council member company employees are eligible to apply.


Source: NCTO

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