“We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of time and gifts from industry colleagues in the home products industry,” said Ingrid Johnson, acting chair of the Home Products Development program.
Stephen Pond, founder of Home Textiles Today and Furniture Today, donated $50,000 to create the endowment. He continues to challenge the industry to match his gift so the Carole Sloan Fund can reach its goal of $105,000.
Johnson added, “Anne Gevers is a perfect Carole Sloane Scholar because she excels in and out of the classroom. Anne [pronounced Anna] researched every program FIT offered and then met with me many times before applying to the Home Products Development program. Achieving the highest grade point average in her junior year, it is apparent she prepares well and works hard to learn as much as she can from her professors, industry professionals, and team project experiences. One of Anne’s impressive academic credentials is that she also is taking a minor concentration in economics. The Home Products Department is very proud that she is the recipient of the 2012 Carole Sloan Scholarship Award.”
Gevers commented, “I feel honored to have been selected for an award named after Carole Sloan, a woman who was influential in the industry and wanted to see more women follow in her path. The Home Products Development major has been a formative experience for me, especially because of the opportunity to attend trade shows and interact with industry professionals. I have learned a great deal from my professors and peers, and feel grateful for their guidance and inspiration. Given how challenging this program is, I initially was apprehensive about enrolling. Now I consider myself very wise to have taken that chance.”
Tax deductible contributions to the fund can be made to the FIT Foundation, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th Street, Room C204, New York, NY 10001. Please note “Carole Sloan Scholar Fund” on the check. For additional information, contact Terry Culver, director of development at 212 217.4109.
FIT’s program in Home Products Development – the only one of its kind in the world – offers studies in both hard furnishings and accessories and soft textile line classifications leading to a bachelor of science degree. The program was developed with the assistance of members of the home furnishings industry and FIT alumni. Courses include product development, product knowledge, and marketing specific to the home products industry.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Visit fitnyc.edu.