ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced the recipients of its member-only Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarships were awarded in the spring to five students pursuing science and/or business-related degrees, totaling $7,000.

The scholarship program was established in 2017 in memory of Gene Simmons, one of the industry’s most experienced, knowledgeable and respected pressure-sensitive adhesive formulators. Simmons was very dedicated to his development work and recognized the tremendous importance of passing his knowledge to those less experienced in his field. In keeping with his spirit of willing mentorship, the program was started with the support of his wife, Irene, and Evans Adhesive to support students in pursuit of their degree in a related field. Scholarships are made possible only through donations.

The 2020 ASC Scholarship recipients include the following individuals.

Matthew Han ($2,000) — Senior at Boston College pursuing a double major in Chemistry and Economics

While in college, he interned with Henkel for two years as well as Fidelity in 2019. Han also served as a Teaching Assistant for an MBA course at the Carroll School of Management for multiple years. He was also involved with many social and volunteer organizations, including the International Economics Honor Society. Han’s career goals are to work in the chemical industry, preferably with adhesives and sealants. His father is employed by Henkel Corp.

Matthias White ($1,500) — Senior at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, pursuing a B.S. degree in Management with a minor in Economics

While in college, White interned at Sika Corp., where he worked in Product Management and R&D. White was also active in his fraternity and helped underprivileged kids with tutoring support and organizing sports events. His career plans include working for a manufacturing company where he can apply his management skills. His father is employed by Sika Corp.

Aliah Hasna ($1,500) — Junior at Seton Hall University, pursuing a B.S. degree in Chemistry

While a full-time student, Hasna worked in the chemistry labs, with responsibility for 25 sections of lab, and spends several hours each week preparing materials and coordinating with TAs, professors and other lab staff. Hasna will pursue a career in materials science where she can use her analytical chemistry education and one that permits her to travel and communicate with scientists around the world. Her father is employed by Kraton Corp.

Reagan Hubbard ($1,000) – Sophomore with Junior standing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Certificate in International Engineering

While in college, Hubbard has had first-hand company experience through her internships, and her courses in polymer science and mechanical engineering have opened her eyes to how prevalent adhesives are in virtually every product. Hubbard’s volunteer experience includes providing tutoring services in math and engineering as well as with Badger Volunteers, where she has helped perform chores in homes. Her father is employed by H.B. Fuller.

Jack Koch ($1,000) - Junior at Union College, pursuing a B.A. degree in Managerial Economics & a B.A. in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

While in college, Koch has interned for several years as a technical aid at 3M’s Corporate Research Laboratory, specifically in the development of digital knitting. Koch is also Captain of the Union College Baseball Team, earning All-American honors as a freshman and sophomore. He has successfully balanced his academic and athletic workload while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. His father is employed by 3M.

This year’s recipients were formally recognized on November 5th at ASC’s virtual Convention and EXPO.

ASC is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information about the scholarship program and the 2021 application process, visit