NCTO announces winner of O’Day Memorial Scholarship

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Lauren Biggs
Paul O'Day

Posted July 1, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council of Textile Organization’s (NCTO) Fiber Council announced Lauren Biggs of Charlotte, N.C. as the recipient of the 2020 Paul T. O’Day Memorial Scholarship Award. 


She is the daughter of Sheila Price and Alexander Graham Biggs III, who is employed by Unifi, Inc.


Biggs graduated in June with high honors from Myers Park High School.  She will attend the University of South Carolina entering the program for Computer Science this fall. She sid she is grateful to the NCTO Paul T. O’Day Scholarship Committee for choosing her as this year’s scholarship recipient.


“Your generosity is truly humbling and greatly appreciated,” she said. “Being awarded the Paul T. O’Day Scholarship will make a huge difference in my finances while I work to achieve my goal of becoming a creative problem solver, leader and innovator in the fiber industry just as Mr. O’Day was for so many years. Thank you again for this honor. I hope to one day give back to those who gave so much.”


“We are pleased to recognize Ms. Biggs’s record of achievements and passion for learning as we name her the 2020 recipient of our Paul T. O’Day Memorial Scholarship,” said NCTO Fiber Council Chairman David Poston, president of Palmetto Synthetics LLC. “On behalf of the Fiber Council, we congratulate Ms. Biggs 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 National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in April 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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