The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge selected Emily Chandler and Logan Rexrode as recipients of two INVISTA scholarships for local high school students interested in science. The $1,500 scholarships aim to support the Waynesboro area’s continued need for well-educated professionals in scientific fields.
“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 Emily and Logan were among 25 highly-qualified applicants.”
Ms. Chandler is a 2015 graduate of Buffalo Gap High School and will attend Shenandoah University in the fall and major in biology. She aspires to be a physical therapist. Ms. Rexrode graduated from Wilson Memorial High School and will attend James Madison University. Ms. Rexrode plans to study health sciences with the goal to attend medical school.
“We are thrilled to announce two new INVISTA scholarship recipients,” said Beth Otto, INVISTA Waynesboro site manager. “Supporting science and technology education is a win-win. It assists students with education and vocational training, and it helps the community develop a well-trained workforce—INVISTA’s Waynesboro plant and R&D lab depend on both of these.”
INVISTA’s Waynesboro manufacturing facility, credited as the birthplace of spandex, has been in operation for 85 years. The plant produces the LYCRA® fiber 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.