CPSPE Scholarships Supporting Students in Polymers


254Congratulations to the four Chemical Engineering students who have been awarded scholarships due to their academic achievement and specialization in polymers: Elisabeth Meyer, Nicholas Neill, Isaac O’Brien, and Gregory Brown.

Scholarship programs like these provide valuable opportunities and open doors for students, which is why The University of Akron disburses more than $22 million in scholarships each year. The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is proud to be a part of that tradition, and now more than ever CPSPE is encouraging students to study polymers by providing scholarship aid through The Nelson Family Scholarship in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, and The George Clinton and Julia Lucille Fouts Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Nelson Family Scholarship was established in 2016 by UA Alumni Harvey S. Nelson, the co-CEO of Main Street Gourmet and a member of the Advancement Council in CPSPE. It will assist students pursuing an undergraduate degree with a specialization in polymers or a minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Students are eligible if they are enrolled in the Honors College or if they maintain a full course load with a GPA of 3.5 or more.

The Fouts Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2005 by Mrs. Julia Lucille Fouts, provides full tuition assistance, including books and fees, to two students at The University of Akron each year. One of the two students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering and the other in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. To quality, both recipients must be enrolled full time, have demonstrated financial need, and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Both of these scholarships are aimed at introducing more students to the world of polymers. In support of this goal, the college has developed a minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to be offered for the first time this fall. It is a 6 course, 18 credit program that provides the foundation students need to understand polymers, including practical lab experience and research in topics such as polymer physics, polymer chemistry or polymer processing.

The Fouts Endowed Scholarship and the Nelson Family Scholarship are part of an ongoing effort to bring more students to the internationally acclaimed programs at CPSPE. They, along with the addition of the minor, will produce a talent pipeline for Ohio’s vital polymer industry. Over 2,000 alumni of CPSPE are currently at work in the industry, which continues to grow. According to the U.S. Census, Ohio is the #1 producer of rubber and plastic in the United States. With these scholarships and a new minor allowing more students than ever to participate in polymer education, CPSPE will provide even more students with the ability to start a career in the thriving polymer industry.

Learn More about the Minor in Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering