Ron Cascone Memorial Scholarship

Ron Cascone was a voice of wisdom and wit at NexantECA and a tireless champion of the innovative technology behind greening the chemicals industry.  Called by Biofuels Digest “the Sage of Hastings-on-Hudson,” over his 53-year career, over 30 years of which were with Chemsystems, Nexant and NexantECA, Ron’s big personality and keen expertise had an outsize presence in our lives.   When we lost Ron in March of 2021, he left behind a legacy not only of his many contributions to the field of chemical engineering, bio-renewable technology and green chemistry, but also legions of grateful colleagues who benefited from his generosity, his mentorship and his enthusiasm.  


The NexantECA Ron Cascone Memorial Scholarship is NexantECA’s way of honoring our departed colleague and continuing his passion for making the world a better place using engineering and chemistry.  We want to empower the next generation of leaders and experts in bio-renewables to pay forward Ron’s life’s work – and that’s where you come in.

The NexantECA Ron Cascone Memorial Scholarship is more than just a monetary award.  We want to be on hand to give you the opportunity for the same mentorship and expert commentary Ron gave us all.  We want to help you experience what it’s like to be truly at the frontiers of our industry, to have insight into the complex systems that undergird the greening of the chemical industry, and to spar with world-renowned experts that Ron helped us become.  

Who are we looking for? (Eligibility)

  • Full-time students in a 4-year undergraduate program
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Rising seniors studying chemistry, chemical engineering, or materials science
  • Attending an institute of higher education in one of the 5 boroughs of New York City, Rockland County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County

How can you apply? (Application)

  • Provide a resume and current transcript
  • Write an essay of up to 1000 words on the following topic:

Ron Cascone devoted his life to helping the energy and chemicals industries become more environmentally friendly and sustainable.  What projects or issues in green chemistry are you passionate about?  How will you use your studies to follow Ron Cascone’s example?

Submit your resume, transcript and essay to

The Ron Cascone Memorial Scholarship awards 3 students per year up to $5000 towards their tuition, as well as offers opportunities for mentorship and real-life experience from one of the top industry consultancies in the world.  Awards will be made once per year during the Summer.  

The closing date for 2021 application was August 1st 2021. 

Announcing the 2021 Scholarships Awards

Catherine chen scholarship

Green chemistry is an opportunity for reflection. It means going back to the drawing board to redesign chemical products and processes and prove that environmental consciousness does not necessarily undermine performance and profitability.

Catherine Chen
Gold Tier Scholarship Awardee

Catherine is a fourth-year chemical engineering student at The Cooper Union school in New York City.  Her background has focused on biochemical research and electric power, including previous work at New York’s PSE&G and ConEdison. She impressed us with her understanding of the issues in green chemistry and her nuanced views on green hydrogen.

Catherine hopes to make a career of cost and emission optimization in current industrial processes and managing cutting-edge research on emerging technologies to reach net-zero emissions goals.

Amy ngo scholarship

Within the past decade, Vietnam has been increasingly industrializing, resulting in the pollution of the many water sources for over 1 billion people. As a consequence of this contaminated water, the citizens of Vietnam are susceptible to cholera, dysentery, and other waterborne diseases. Solutions that focus on water purification are necessary to mitigate these health crises.

Amy Ngo
Silver Tier Scholarship Awardee

Amy is a fourth-year chemistry student at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Her background is in analytic chemistry and water purification research. She shared with us her emotive personal experiences with water contamination and scarcity and how she has used that experience to drive her passion for green chemistry.

Amy wants to pursue a future in water and water issues as well as being a general sustainability advocate.