Ten Students from Kent State Fashion School Receive YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards

Ten students from The Fashion School at Kent State University received YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards with one of the students, Andrew Shafer, receiving an award at the $10,000 level.


Since the inception of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund in 1937, they have awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to thousands of students worldwide. Every year they award approximately two-hundred $5,000 scholarships. They also award a total of four $30,000 scholarships to outstanding National Merit scholars and another four scholars with $10,000 scholarships, providing students the opportunity to pursue their education and career goals.


Nine students from The Fashion School won scholarships at the $5,000 level, while fashion merchandising and marketing major, Andrew Shafer (mentored by Lyu) won at the $10,000 level. The following students received $5,000 scholarships: McKinna Kahl (mentored by Lyu); Emily Kopchak (mentored by Lyu and instructor Connie Marsh); Elisha Hamric (mentored by associate lecturer Barbara Rhodes); Alexandra Laurenzo (mentored by instructor David Hahn); Tyshaia Ernest (mentored by graduate studies coordinator Dr. Catherine Leslie); Katelyn Schmidt (mentored by assistant professor Joanne Arnett); Stephanie Birkmeier (mentored by Arnett); Faith Zwicker (mentored by lecturer Marji Wachowiak); and Brooke Denune (mentored by assistant professor Dr. Lauren Copeland).


“The Fashion School is thrilled to announce that 10 of our amazing students have been recognized for their submissions to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Competition!” said J.R. Campbell, Fashion School director.  “Dr. Jewon Lyu’s coordination of this process has been amazing and has helped to ensure that Kent State has some of the highest percentages of student-winners in this annual competition.  We are very grateful to the Fashion Scholarship Fund for their support of our students as they become the next leaders in our industry! A big thank you to all of our faculty mentors who helped guide the students in their research and submissions!”


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 https://www.ymafsf.org


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)





Brittani Peterson, bpeter12@kent.edu, 330-672-2714


POSTED: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:19am