Edcational Support Programs for Junior High & High Schools

Richard Goolsby Scholarship

The Richard Goolsby Scholarship Committee recently awarded $15,500 to area students who have demonstrated career interests in plastics while meeting other criteria for financial need and academic merit. The 2017/2018 award recipients are enrolled in programs at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T State University, Clemson University and Ohio State University.

Since 1989 the Goolsby Scholarship has awarded $347,550 to one hundred and twenty two students. Several have graduated with honors and joined our industry. Members of the Goolsby committee experience great pleasure in meeting and interviewing the recipients. This year’s recipients are all STEM students (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math).   Each year the committee is impressed with the intelligence, creativity and drive of the students we meet.  


The Richard Goolsby Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students who express a career interest in plastics or have demonstrated practical experience in the industry. Preference is given to students living within geographic areas in close proximity to the Carolinas.

The next application period begins in early January 2018 with a March deadline to apply.   Look for Richard Goolsby Scholarship Fund information on the Carolinas Section web site (www.specarolinas.org), Foundation For the Carolinas web site (www.fftc.org) and on bulletin boards at various colleges and universities. Please pass the news about the Goolsby Scholarship to family, friends and colleagues in the industry. If you have any questions concerning the Goolsby, please contact Sue Booth via email @sbooth@teknorapex.com.

It’s Goolsby Scholarship Time Again: Deadline March 3, 2017

Applications for the Richard Goolsby Scholarship Fund are now available online from Foundation For The Carolinas. The scholarship was created by William and Martha DeBrule in honor of Richard Goolsby, a plastics pioneer, and is sponsored by the Carolinas Section Society of Plastics Engineers.

The Fund provides college scholarships to students who have expressed career interest or demonstrated practical interest in the plastics industry with preference given to students living in the geographical area served by the Carolinas section of the Society of Plastic Engineers.

We ask your assistance in making your students and associates aware of this opportunity. If you have an organization or school newsletter, please feel free to post an announcement or spread the news via word of mouth and email.

Graduate and undergraduate applications are available through the Foundation website at https://fftcscholarships.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx. Application deadline is March 3, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the eligibility requirements or application procedures, please feel free to contact Qiana Auston at Foundation For The Carolinas email: qaustin@fftc.org. You may also contact any Carolinas Section Board Member or Sue Booth at 704.641.6287/ email: sbooth@teknorapex.com.

Kasey Britt from Mount Gilead, NC won the “Wonder of Plastics” Essay Contest

Plastics Innovation in Sports

What is innovation? To me, innovation is change in a new, more creative perspective. An innovation enhances the world around us and is involved in everything we do. An example of an innovation is plastic. In particular, plastic is involved in most sports and has caused a revolution to the sporting world. Plastic is contained in most safety materials and is also in most sporting
goods such as running shoes, hiking shoes, clothing, and drills equipment. Plastic is also contained in sports-related venues such as tracks and stadiums.

Wonder of Plastics” Essay Contest

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), with sponsorship from SPE Sections and Divisions, present the 16th annual “Wonders of Plastics” Essay Contest. Open to all junior high and high school students, the essay must be submitted to the local Section, be sponsored by a teacher, and meet certain requirements. The winning entry at the Section level will be published and publicized in the Section newsletter and forwarded to SPE Headquarters for judging at the international level.

Suggested Topics:

  • Plastics in the environment
  • Plastics usefulness in society
  • Creative use of recycled plastics
  • How plastics benefit humankind
  • What plastics has done for me
  • Why the bad reputation of plastics is wrong
  • How plastics improve our lifestyle
  • Advantages of plastics in food packaging

Download the Entry Form

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