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Fashion School at Kent State Receives $25,000 Scholarship

Posted Jun. 27, 2011

Hudson, Ohio - Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, is sponsoring a $25,000 scholarship fund with The Fashion School at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. This fund will support an annual $5,000 scholarship over a period of five years.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is a longtime donor and supporter of the Fashion School at Kent State.

The fund is called the Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. First Generation Scholarship for Fashion Design and Merchandising. One of the requirements for the recipients of these scholarships is that the student must be a first generation college student with neither parent having completed a four-year college degree.

"This scholarship is a great next step in the relationship between Kent State and Jo-Ann," said J.R. Campbell, Director of The Fashion School at Kent State University.  "We are always thinking about ways to attract new students into the Fashion School, and this scholarship helps achieve this goal with its significant financial contribution. It supports the growth of The Fashion School and the future of our students."

Scholarship recipients will be selected based upon academic achievement and involvement in activities relating to fabrics, crafts or sewing. In addition, recipients must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50. All applicants must also write a statement as to why they are applying for this scholarship and what it means to them to be one of the members of their family to commit to graduating with a four-year degree. In this statement, applicants are also asked to address specific examples of how they performed as a leader among their sewing or crafting social group.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for young people who love fashion design and merchandising to get the financial support they need to achieve their lifelong dreams," said Margaret Skinner, Director of Corporate Communications for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

The scholarship may be applied to various costs associated with attending Kent State. The Director of the Fashion School at Kent State University in conjunction with the Kent State University Foundation and Kent State's Office of Institutional Advancement will be responsible for administering the fund.

About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the nation's largest fabric and craft retailer with locations in 48 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, more than 750 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers with creative inspiration. For additional information, visit www.joann.com.

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Contact:

Margaret Skinner, Director, Corporate Communications, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, 330-463-6705, margaret.skinner@joann.com