INVISTA supports local graduates with an eye toward science
INVISTA is once again offering college scholarships for local high school students interested in science. The scholarships, awarded through the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, support the area’s continued need for well-educated professionals in scientific fields.
Last year, INVISTA awarded the scholarships to Natalie Cascario, a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, and Ryley Stevens, a graduate of Waynesboro High School who also attended the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. Both women are now attending college in pursuit of science-based studies.
“It is a privilege to support hard-working, ambitious young people like Natalie and Ryley,” said Beth Otto, INVISTA Waynesboro site manager. “Our production facility and R&D lab depend on well-trained, skilled individuals—which is why we are thrilled to offer scholarships that support science and technology education.”
Ms. Cascario is a student at Wake Forest University and is studying Psychology with a minor in Biology and is a pre-medical student. Ms. Stevens attends the University of Virginia and is part of the Systems Engineering degree program.
“We proudly support individuals with aspirations for better lives in many ways, including our administration of over two dozen scholarship programs,” noted Dan Layman, CEO of the Community Foundation. “It is our honor to partner with INVISTA to offer our only scholarships dedicated specifically to the pursuit of science-based careers. It is one of our most competitive scholarships, for which Natalie and Ryley were among 28 highly-qualified applicants.”
The INVISTA Waynesboro scholarships are available for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. To be eligible, students must be a high school senior graduating from a public high school in Staunton, Waynesboro or Augusta county, and must have plans to pursue a career or education in a science-based field of study. For a full list of requirements, and to apply, visit the INVISTA scholarship page on the Community Foundation’s website.
INVISTA’s manufacturing facility began operations in Waynesboro 85 years ago and is credited as the birthplace for spandex. The site produces LYCRA® fiber that is found in diapers, swimwear, activewear, intimate apparel and many other types of clothing. The site’s R&D facility supports fiber innovations and new technologies for operations around the globe.
About The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge
The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge enriches the quality of life in Staunton, Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Nelson, and Highland by responding to needs and inspiring philanthropy in our community. They have presented over $7 million in grants, scholarships, and awards since their inception in 1992.
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