Turner Alfrey, Jr. Scholarship Fund #00205
To provide an annual, nonrenewable grant to a student demonstrating a career interest in research or teaching in the fields of science or engineering.
From the fundholder:
The Turner Alfrey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of the late Turner Alfrey, distinguished teacher and scientist. It was created at the request of his family by the Midland Foundation from memorial gifts received at the time of Dr. Alfrey’s death. Turner Alfrey, Jr. was born in Arkansas on May 7, 1918. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1938 and his M.S. in physical chemistry in 1940, both from Washington University in St. Louis. He received a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry in 1943 from Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn. In 1950, Dr. Alfrey started his long and eminently successful career with The Dow Chemical Company in Midland where he became one of the four Research Fellows of the company, the highest scientific rank with Dow, and where he was awarded the Herbert H. Dow medal. He was one of the country’s leading polymer chemists. He was the author or co-author of four books, two of which are used as university texts, and more than 90 technical publications in polymer chemistry and rheology. He had 25 patents credited to him. He assisted with the establishment of the science program at Saginaw Valley State University and was on the teaching staff at Michigan Molecular Institute and at Central Michigan University.