Scholarships

The Scholarship Application Form will open at the end of the Fall semester and will be due Monday, January 27, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Scholarship Application Form 

Brage and Hinda Golding Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1992

Brage Golding was the president of Kent State University at the time that Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman approached the university to create The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. The Chestnut Society, who supports major university programs in the arts, generously donated the funds for a scholarship in Dr. Golding's honor. This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic achievement as well as financial need. The recipient must be a full-time student and seniors must have one remaining semester.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

The Cafaro Foundation Endowed Scholarship for Fashion
Established in 2018

The scholarship recipient shall be selected on the basis of: Student must be from Trumbull County, a fashion design or merchandising major, demonstrate financial need, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better. The scholarship may be applied to any of the following costs associated with attending KSU: Tuition, Room and Board, Fees, Books and Supplies.
Award: $1,300
Majors Eligible:  Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: All students

Charles and Betsy Mangin Endowed Scholarship for International Study
Established in 2004

Charles and Betsy Mangin are dedicated supporters of the Friends of Fashion at Kent State University. They have always appreciated fashion and the art of sewing fine clothing, and have noted the impact that different cultures have on fashion. Charles and Betsy have traveled in Italy and Florence, in particular, and have translated their love of Italy and its traditions into a scholarship to support study at KSU Florence. Awarded to a design student who demonstrates strong commitment to the fashion design program and who wants to further their fashion education by attending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Sophomore, Junior and Seniors

Charles Kleibacker Endowed Design Scholarship
Established in 2010

This scholarship was enabled through a donation from the estate of Charles Kleibacker, who was a great supporter of the Fashion School and who passed away in 2010.  He was an exceptional designer who reveled in draping techniques for creating garments.  This scholarship will be awarded to a stellar student who has shown a particular love/aptitude for draping, who has best exemplified the qualities that Charles Kleibacker celebrated in his own work as a designer and who is otherwise a strong student.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Chester R. Edwards Endowed Fashion Scholarship
Established in 2003

Chester (Chet) Edwards was very involved with the Kent State University Museum and the Fashion School. He loved to travel, and wanted to assist students so that they, too, could explore great opportunities. His passion for Florence, Italy, and his belief that fashion students should have the very best education led to the establishment of this scholarship named in his honor. Awarded to a design student who demonstrates strong commitment to the fashion design program and who wants to further their fashion education by attending a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. Student needs to demonstrate financial need. 
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

David A. Jewell Memorial Award
Established in 2007

Awarded to a Fashion Merchandising major who has completed at least 30 semester hours and is enrolled for the second-year merchandising curriculum. 2.7 minimum GPA. FAFSA must be completed. Residents of Trumbull County will be given first preference with second preference going to students who reside in Mahoning county. Students working to self-finance their education are preferred.
Majors Eligible: Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomore, Junior, Seniors

Don Witkowski Fashion Merchandising Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2019

This Scholarship will Support Fashion Merchandising majors in their sophomore, junior, or senior year with a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Recipients must show an exemplary talent and commitment to the field of fashion merchandising, demonstrated through a recommendation by a faculty member. Preference for a student who is passionate about fashion merchandising and shows potential to make a major impact in the fashion industry, preferably with a focus on menswear. The scholarship is non-renewal able.
Award: $1,000
Majors Eligible:  Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Donna Hayes Endowed Fashion Design Scholarship
Established in 1998

Donna Hayes was a woman who loved fashion and an anonymous donor established this scholarship in her memory. The scholarship is to support a school-approved internship in New York.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

DOTS, LLC Endowed Scholarship in Fashion Merchandising
Established in 2004

Dots, LLC, has been a long-time supporter of the Fashion School. They established this award to recognize the recipient's performance and potential as a fashion merchandising student.
Majors Eligible: Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Drs. Geneva M. and O. Rex Damron Scholarship Endowment for Fashion Design

Awarded to a Fashion Design major in their junior year and attending the NYC Studio. Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Has a special interest in designing ladies' apparel that reflects taste and elegance. Viewed by faculty as one who will be highly successful in fashion design and who will make a major impact on the fashion design industry.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Juniors

Elizabeth A. Rhodes Scholarship in Fashion
Established in 2013

Dr. Elizabeth A. Rhodes served as Director of the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from 1994-2009.  This scholarship was established in her memory.  The scholarship will be awarded to a Fashion student who intends to study at the New York Studio, who demonstrates financial need and has a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Fashion Group Cleveland , Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1991

The Cleveland component of The Fashion Group International has an educational mission and supports students in their pursuit of fashion degrees. The scholarship is awarded to a student to support a school approved internship.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

The Fashion School Study Away Endowment Program Fund
Established in 2019

Kathleen Breen is a 1968 graduate of Kent State University, having earned her Bachelor of Fine and Professional Arts Degree. She made an initial gift of $5,000 to open this fund and additional donors will contribute funds to this endowment as well. She and her husband Gerald, who is now deceased, are major donors to the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. This scholarship was created to support students wishing to pursue an opportunity to study away and learn more about fashion and design. This fund's spending distribution will support a program fund. The fund shall be sued to support the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising Study Away Program and any expenses related towards its maintenance. Additionally, this fund shall be used to provide scholarships for students in their Junior Senior year of study in good academic and university standing who are enrolled in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising  and will be attending a university-approved study away program.
Award: Two $500 (summer semester), Four $2,000 (each fall/spring semester)
Majors Eligible:  Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors and Seniors

Frances Kleibacker Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1997

Frances Kleibacker, an Ohio native, was the mother of American designer, Charles Kleibacker. Charles Kleibacker and his sister Ruth Richard established the endowment in honor of their mother, a woman of great style and fashion. The scholarship goes to a full time student who has prior academic performance, strong faculty recommendations involvement in extracurricular activities and an outstanding record of design experience and expertise.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Seniors

FSO- Fashion Student Organization
Established in 2015

The scholarship is awarded to support a student in the Fashion Student Organization at The Fashion School. Number and amounts awarded will be ddetermine by the FSO board and the Scholarship Committee of The Fashion School based on available funds. Student must have a good academic standing, a need for financial aid, be an active FSO member, and complete an essay (see scholarship administrator for details)
Award: $500 (Design), $500 (Merchandising)
Majors Eligible:  Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: All students

George Stavropoulos Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2004

George Stavropoulos was one of America's most famous designers of high fashion couture. He was best known for his flowing chiffon designs reminiscent of the ancient Greeks. Mr. Stavropoulos bequeathed his private collection to the Kent State University Museum. This scholarship was established to reward fashion design students who show great promise in design
The scholarship goes to a full time fashion design student who has demonstrated great design potential.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Higbee Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1987

The Higbee Company had its headquarters in Cleveland at the time The Fashion School was established. The company sold Shannon Rodgers for Jerry Silverman garments and a close relationship existed between Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman and Higbee executives. This relationship continued long after the company was no longer in existence.
The scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits outstanding academic achievement, strong extracurricular involvement, and evidence of firm commitment to fashion.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Irene Jaffe Bachman Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2005

Irene Jaffe Bachman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where her love of fashion led to multiple fashion-related careers from modeling to buying to fashion consultant. This scholarship was established in honor of her years of hard work, dedication and fashion inspiration.
Awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding performance and potential as a design or merchandising student.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

JCPenney Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1996

A strong industry linkage between The JCPenney Company and The Fashion School has long existed. Students have done internships at corporate and in stores nationwide. To further support fashion education, the JCPenney Company established this endowment for a merchandising student with strong academic performance, good faculty recommendations, demonstration of leadership on campus and in the community, and a student who demonstrates motivation, character, ability and potential to be successful in the field of fashion merchandising.
Majors Eligible: Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Janet McCue Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2000

Janet McCue was the Fashion Editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Upon her retirement the Plain Dealer established this endowment in her honor.
The endowment goes to a full time student in design or merchandising whom the faculty feel has exemplary talents and commitment to the field of fashion.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

James W. and Nancy S. Arthur Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1997

Jim and Nancy Arthur are entrepreneurs in Kent , Ohio. They are supporters of the university and of The Fashion School. The scholarship is awarded for internship support based on exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular involvement. Verification of financial need is required.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Class Standing Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2003

Jo-Ann Stores, Inc, the nation's largest fabric and craft store, established this award to recognize a student with strong academic performance, financial need, and a demonstrated love of sewing.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Judith and Christopher Everett Endowed Scholarship for Fashion Merchandising
Established in 2014

Judith and Christopher received degrees from Kent State University with Judith receiving a degree in Fashion Merchandising. They established this scholarship as a way to give back to the University where they met and received their education. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a junior or senior Fashion Merchandising major with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Preference will be given to students with financial need studying at the NYC studio or Florence program.
Majors Eligible: Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Karen and Kenneth Conley Endowed Fashion Award for International Study or Internship for Fashion Design
Established in 2003

Karen and Kenneth Conley wish to encourage fashion design students to seek opportunities to further their educational and professional goals. They have established this scholarship to provide support to design students for international study and travel or internship expenses.
This scholarship is awarded to a fashion design major to support a school-approved internship or study in the Florence Program or other travel/study program.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Karen and Kenneth Conley Endowed Fashion Award for International Study or Internship for Fashion Merchandising
Established in 2013

Karen and Kenneth Conley wish to encourage fashion design students to seek opportunities to further their educational and professional goals. They have established this scholarship to provide support to design students for international study and travel or internship expenses.
This scholarship is awarded to a fashion merchandising major to support a school-approved internship or study in the Florence Program or other travel/study program.
Majors Eligible: Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Lane Bryant Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2002

Lane Bryant created this scholarship for a student who demonstrates strong academic achievement, professional promise and financial need.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

The Lawrence Pollock Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2018

The scholarship will support a scholarship for students studying Fashion. The scholarship may be applied to any of the following costs associated with attending KSU: Tuition and Program fees.
Award: $1,000
Majors Eligible:  Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: All students

Linda Allard and Herb Gallen Scholarship for Fashion Design
Established in 1985

Linda Allard is an American designer who built her career with the company Ellen Tracy. She is a graduate of Kent State University and sits on The Advisory Board of The Fashion School.
The scholarship is awarded to a student who shows strong scholastic performance and exemplary creative ability. Preference is given to students who qualify for financial assistance. Application requires supplemental materials and financial need statement.
Majors eligible: Design
Class Standing: Junior, Seniors

Lindsay J. Morgenthaler Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1987

Lindsay J. Morgenthaler was a great friend of Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman long before The Fashion School was established. From the very beginning she helped to support the school and its efforts. The scholarship is for a design student with a 3.5 GPA who has demonstrated leadership and involvement in community service and extracurricular activities.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Margaret and Thomas Catalano Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1990

The Catalanos held significant roles in the fashion industry and were contemporaries and friends with Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman. They created this scholarship to benefit the future generation going into the industry. It is to be awarded to a student to subsidize a school approved internship in New York or travel costs for a study tour.
Majors Eligible: Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Mario Nolfi Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1995

Mario Nolfi was a fashion business executive who also taught at The Fashion School at Kent State. He was "loved" by all his students. After his death his family established an endowment to help support and encourage students interested in the world of fashion. The scholarship is awarded for exemplary academic achievement and extracurricular activities in fashion.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Martha Phillips & Lynn Phillips Manulis Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1991

This endowment is intended to benefit students studying fashion design and merchandising and to encourage them to go forward and make their place in the world of fashion.
The scholarship is for a full-time student in fashion design or merchandising who is going to do a school approved internship in New York the summer or following academic year after the presentation of the award
Major Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

The Margaret Clark Morgan Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a high school senior who has been admitted to the fashion design major, has a 3.25 high school GPA or higher and financial need. Applications are automatically mailed early in the fall semester to those who meet requirements. The award is applied to the student's second semester and continues with the student through the senior year. Students who have the Morgan Scholarship must maintain a 3.25 GPA each semester to keep the scholarship for the next semester.
Award: $4,000/year
Majors Eligible:  Design
Classification Eligible: Freshmen

Mary Elizabeth Elgin Anderson
Established in 1987

Mary Elizabeth Elgin Anderson loved fashion and fine clothes. Mr. Anderson set up this scholarship fund in memory of his wife and her love of fashion.
The scholarship is awarded for tuition assistance to a student who has exemplary academic achievement, financial need and professional promise. Verification of financial need is required.
Majors eligible: Design and Merchandising
Class Standing eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

Mary K.W. and Marc Hutchinson Study Abroad Scholarship for the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
Established in 2017

Kent State University students who are in their Junior or Senior year of study pursuing a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising and enrolled in a university approved KSU Study Abroad Program. This scholarship is not renewable; however Junior year recipients may reapply. Recipients must demonstrate evidence of strong need for financial support through the completion of the FAFSA form in the Office of Student Financial Aid as well as academic success and engagement as expressed through grade point average and involvement in extra-curricular activities. This scholarship will be awarded to two recipients annually in the amount of $2,500 each funds permitting. Students must complete a Student Online Donor Acknowledgement (SODA) in order to receive the scholarship. Recipients will be selected by the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising scholarship committee. Kent State University has the final selection authority for this scholarship.
Award: $4,000/year
Majors Eligible:  Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors and Seniors

Michael I. Cunningham Scholarship in Fashion Design
Established in 2013

This scholarship was established to support a fashion design student who has junior standing, at least a 3.0 GPA and financial need.
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Juniors

Michael T. O'Connor Endowed Design Scholarship
Established in 2008

Michael T. O'Connor has spent his lifetime working with the branding, promotion, and marketing of luxury goods. This scholarship was established to assist a Fashion Design student wishing to intern in a major metropolitan area. 
Majors Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors, Graduating Seniors

NAMSB, Inc. William Hefner Award for Excellence in Menswear Design
Established in 2005

This award is granted annually to the junior student who is chosen by the faculty for excellence in men's wear. This student is then expected to do his/her senior line in men's wear the following year. The presentation is made at Portfolio. Junior design majors will be informed of the application procedure in their junior classes after the men's wear unit. Students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. There is no application for this award.
Major Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Juniors

Nancy McCann Endowed Award
Established in 1998

Nancy McCann was the Fashion Director for Higbees at the time The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and The Kent State University Museum were established and she coordinated the event called Dazzle that opened the museum. Later she would rise to the Vice President of Forest City Enterprises and also to the President of the Murphy Foundation. Her husband established this endowment for an annual award in her honor.
There is no application for this award. Faculty evaluate the students and select the one with the most creative talents applied to the area of fashion show production. Typically this student is identified from the class that produces Portfolio. The award is given on the evening of Portfolio.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Nat Kaplan Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1987

Nat Kaplan, an industry great and contemporary with Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman established this scholarship to help develop new talent for the fashion world.The scholarship is for a full-time student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and strong extracurricular involvement.
Majors eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores

The Northeast Ohio Community Education Foundation
Established in 2010

The Chosen student should demonstrate financial need with a GPA of 2.8 or higher and preference will be given to Hispanic students first, then all other students
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Class Standing Eligible: All students

Outstanding Student Award

Awarded to the senior design and senior merchandising student voted by faculty to show the greatest potential for success in the field of fashion design or merchandising. There is no application for this award.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Seniors

Outstanding Student in Fashion Design in Honor of Kara Hill
Established in 2017

Awarded to a Design major who has financial need. The student must be committed to completing the degree and working as a designer. That was Karas Dream.​​​​​​​
Majors Eligible: Design 
Classification Eligible: All students

The Robert Broadbent Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1985

Robert Broadbent was the last CEO of the Higbee Company in Cleveland. He is an outstanding entrepreneur and philanthropist and has supported The Fashion School since its conception. Mr. Broadbent values international learning experiences and encourages students to become aware of the influence and interrelationship of Asia on the American fashion industry.

This scholarship provides approximately $3,000 annually to five students who will study on an exchange program at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Each fall four junior or senior students in fashion design or merchandising are selected by the faculty to study at Hong Kong Polytechnic the following spring term. The students register at Kent State paying the usual tuition to KSU and then attend HKP. Housing arrangements are made at HKP but have to be paid for by the student. Airfare and other expenses are those of the selected student. Courses are identified at HKP that will be accepted into the KSU program so that no loss of credit is experienced. With the supplement of the Broadbent Scholarship a student should experience a cost factor similar to what tuition, room, board and living expenses are here at KSU.

The application for this scholarship is due by 5pm on Monday, January 27, 2020. The application consists of a one page essay and a resumè. Selection of the students for this award will be made early March with attendance at HKP in the following spring term (late January through early May).
Typical Award: Five $3,000 awards (subject to change)
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Class Standing Eligible: Junior or Senior who has at least one remaining semester to return to KSU after the HKP exchange is completed

This scholarship provides approximately $3,000 annually to one student who will study at the Paris American Academy (PAA). Same rules and eligibility apply.

Robert J. and Lizabeth Gunton Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1991

The Guntons are Cleveland-based entrepreneurs who knew Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman and who became instrumental in establishing The Fashion School through the generous contribution of this scholarship to support a school approved internship or a fashion study tour.
Majors Eligible: Design and Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Juniors, Seniors

Shannon Rodgers Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1988

Friends of Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman established this scholarship in their honor and upon Shannon Rodgers' death, Margaret Clark Morgan made a substantial contribution to the endowment.
The scholarship is for a student with strong scholastic performance and creative ability.
Majors Eligible: Design, Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors

SUEDE says™ Endowed Critics Award
Established in 2000

Stephen Whitney Baum is the first graduate of The Fashion School to give an annual award to a current student. He also was the first graduate of the school to be the university commencement speaker. Stephen chooses the recipient of his award from the Senior collections each year. No application is required. 
Major Eligible: Design
Classification Eligible: Seniors

The Taylor Pifer Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2017

This scholarship has been created to support a scholarship for incoming first year KSU students majoring in Fashion Design who have at least a 3.25 GPA in high school. Preference will be given to female applicants.
Award: Two $1,000 awards
Majors Eligible: Design 
Class Standing Eligible: Freshmen

Walter H. and Vivian B. Mills Scholarship
Established in 2008

This scholarship is awarded to a fashion design or fashion merchandising major based on merit with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Majors Eligible: Design, Merchandising
Classification Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Graduating Seniors