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Kent State’s Fashion School Receives $2.5 Million Gift

by MENINSIGHT
Kent State’s Fashion School Receives $2.5 Million Gift

Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson, Ohio. The gift is slated to fund two new initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the Fashion School’s director and a matching grant of up to $1 million to support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students. Students are provided with an opportunity to spend a semester in Florence, Italy, with the world’s best designers, work in the fashion school’s New York City Studio and attend programs in Paris and Hong Kong. “This incredible gift from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will greatly enhance global experiences for our fashion students,” said Beverly Warren, president of Kent State. “The foundation’s support of our fashion school elevates the professional trajectory of both faculty and students and positions Kent State as a distinctive global innovator.” The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, a private grant-making foundation, supports the nourishment of the human mind through the promotion of mental wellness, the arts and education. Rich Kellar, president of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, said, “Peg Morgan, our founder, had a lifelong interest in fashion and always deeply valuedFollow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.