Fashion Students Win Big at Fashion Scholarship Fund YMA Awards in NYC

Several students from the Kent State University Fashion School traveled to New York City in January for the 2019 Fashion Scholarship Fund YMA Awards annual dinner with four students walking away with $5,000 scholarships.


Since the inception of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund in 1937, they have awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to thousands of students worldwide. Annually they award scholarships from $5,000 to $35,000 to students from over 60 colleges and universities nationwide, providing students the opportunity to pursue their education and career goals. 


Four Kent State Fashion School students won at the $5,000 scholarship level. Stephanie Birkmeier (mentored by assistant professor Joanne Arnett) won in the design and product development category. Students Tyshaia Earnest (mentored by professor Dr. Catherine Leslie), Amelia Johnson (also mentored by Dr. Leslie) and Tiana Rogers (mentored by Fashion School director Dr. Kim Hahn) were each awarded scholarships in the merchandising and marketing scholarship category. 


"I was extremely impressed and proud of our YMA scholarship finalists and winners this year," said Dr. Hahn.  "I am also grateful for all the faculty mentors and students who completed the Fashion Scholarship Fund proposal submissions for this year’s competition. I have high hopes that more students from our school will participate in this year’s FSF case study competition, as the prospect of becoming a qualified finalist provides them with a unique opportunity to network with industry executives in New York City next year for the 2020 YMA Scholarship Fund Awards annual dinner.”


About the YMA Scholarship Fund

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund encourages gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business, seeking to create career opportunities for students worldwide. The scholarships are designed to support educational expenses and to provide an opportunity for students to network with industry executives. For more information, visit


About the Fashion School

Established in 1983 as the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the school was named an Ohio Center of Excellence by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) and is a member institution of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI). It also is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



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POSTED: Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 9:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 5:56pm