Established on the records of the Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass - Dartmouth) Foundation in the spring of 1979 by gifts in memory of the late William F. Sullivan, this fund is intended to provide financial aid to students in good standing at the University who are majoring in the Textile Science and Textile Technology area.
William F. Sullivan headed the Northern Textile Association and its predecessor the National Association of Cotton Manufacturers from 1950 to 1979. A noted labor relations expert and prominent legal representative of the industry in Washington on trade matters, he was Vice Chairman of the Textile Advisory Council of the Textile Sciences Department at S.M.U. He was a strong advocate of the school's textile program and worked with unusual effectiveness to bring knowledge of the program to the attention of the textile industry leaders in the North. His support of programs and participation of the Textile Department of the College contributed significantly to the awareness, prestige and enhancement of the Textile Science program at S.M.U. At the time of his sudden death in the spring of 1979, he was representing the Northern Textile Association at a convention.
The investment income from the Fund is awarded annually to a student deemed scholastically or otherwise worthy by the Textile Scholarship Committee, with the approval of the Chairperson of the Department and Dean of the College.