Nancy Fischetti, a fifth-semester student majoring in Home Products Development at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), has been named the first Carole Sloan Scholar by the college. Fischetti received $2,500 for achieving the highest GPA in the Home Products Development (HPD) program. The award is named for Carole Sloan, longtime editor and writer for Home Textiles Today and Furniture Today, who passed away in January 2011.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous gifts received from industry colleagues and members of Executives Working in Home Textiles that made it possible to exceed the $2,500 needed to award the scholarship this year, said Ingrid Johnson, acting chair of Home Products Development.
Stephen Pond, founder of Home Textiles Today and Furniture Today, donated $50,000 to create the endowment. He has challenged the industry to match his gift so the Carole Sloan Fund can reach its goal of $105,000.
Johnson added, When we first met with Nancy Fischetti to discuss the Home Products Development program, she was unsure she would do well in it because of its challenging nature. Nancy has proven her worth very well. She is a perfectionist who constantly challenges herself to excel. A great team player, she gives her all to her work, the department, and the HPD Club.
Fischetti commented, As a Home Products Development major, I am continuously challenged and motivated to work hard. I want to thank my professors for their guidance and support in helping me reach my goals. I am proud to be part of the Home Products family and the FIT community.
Tax-deductible contributions to the fund can be made to the FIT Foundation, Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27 Street, Room C204, New York, NY 10001. Please note Carole Sloan Scholar Fund on the check. For additional information, contact Terry Culver, FIT's 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.