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9/11/2017 4:08:00 PM
Ascend Cares Foundation awards scholarships to three South Carolina students

HOUSTON – September 11, 2017 – The Ascend Cares Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of leading nylon 6,6 manufacturer Ascend Performance Materials, announced today the awarding of scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to three South Carolina students.

This year, the Ascend Cares Foundation will award a total of 25 scholarships to children of the company’s employees from its six U.S. site locations. Applicants were selected based on their outstanding community service and strong academic achievements.

Three winners from South Carolina are children of Ascend team members from its Greenwood facility and include:


  • Taylor McCord of Fort Mill, 21, is a senior at Clemson University, majoring in sociology. Outside of school, she volunteers with a number of philanthropic groups, including Camp Spearhead, Adopt-a-Highway, Clemson Elementary, Clemson Child Center, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, South Carolina Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. Her parents are Tina and Hal McCord. Hal McCord is the site director at the company’s Greenwood facility.
  • Lauren Rhodes of Ninety Six, 18, graduated from Ninety Six High School and plans to attend the College of Charleston and major in early childhood education. Outside of school, Taylor is involved with Salkehatchie, Operation Christmas Child, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Meals on Wheels, St. Paul Vacation Bible School, Miracle League and Cheerleading Kiddie Camp. Her parents are Dawn and Gregory Rhodes. Gregory Rhodes is an electrical engineer with Ascend.  
  • Halli Talley of Waterloo, 21, is a senior at the College of Charleston, majoring in special education. Outside of school, she volunteers with REACH where she mentors students with intellectual and/or development disabilities. Her parents are Wendy and Timmy Talley. Timmy Talley is a polymer operator with Ascend. 

“We are proud to support each of these students and commend the support of the parents of all of our applicants,” said Rachell Gold, director of the Ascend Cares Foundation. “We believe that part of being a good company means being good to our team members, their families and our community.”

The Ascend Cares Foundation was founded in 2011 and is managed by team members of Ascend Performance Materials. It is financed through a combination of individual contributions and matching company funds. 

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