The GSGEF was founded over 25 years ago and provides student scholarships and funding assistance to Fashion Merchandising students and faculty in the Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors department.
Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in Fashion Merchandising in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors. Preference is given to students with an emphasis in Product Development & Design. Students will be chosen based on a combination of the following:
Future study abroad participant
Students should apply early in the Fall Semester for each year’s awards.
We work in close cooperation with the Dean and Faculty of the School of Family & Consumer Sciences. The Foundation funds Professorships, Scholarships, Study Abroad Programs, as well as other academic needs identified by the faculty. The Foundation also helps to network students for internships and post-graduation employment in our industry in fields such as design, product development, merchandising, sourcing, retailing, logistics, and quality control. The work of the Foundation is funded by a trust, as well as other fundraising activities such as an annual reception during Fashion Week at the University. The Foundation is governed by an open membership Board of Directors who meet twice annually at the University.
Kaki Read, UGA alumnus and PR director for Warby Parker Eyewear, keynote speaker at 4th GSGEF Reception
Tosha Hays, TMI alumnus and product designer at Spanx, Inc., keynote speaker at 3rd GSGEF Reception
Jack Schmidt honored for his committment to GSGEF following his retirement from the board
Emphasis area introduced in 2007, title changed to Product Design and Development
Sewn Products Equipment Company donates an Inkjet Plotter for use in TXMI 3540 - CAD for Apparel Design and Production
1st annual GSGEF Reception
1st scholarships sponsored by Lectra and Riverside
Alecia Brooks hired to teach CAD/CAM course
Helped establish the CAD/CAM lab center
Donated $500,000 to UGA in support of GSGEF Distinguished Professor
Soft Goods Merchandising and Manufacturing "emphasis area" added under FM major
Worked to develop courses for the Soft Goods emphasis area
Charlie Gilbert hired as GSGEF Distinguished Professor solidifying the partnership between TMI and the GSGEF board
Approached FACS about establishing a Soft Goods Degree Program in TMI department
The sponsorship from GSGEF provides awards and scholarships for study abroad, internships, and a named scholarship for 1 year. These are given to students majoring in FM based on the criteria of leadership, GPA, financial need, future study abroad participation, and internship goals.
Red Sponsor - $5,000
2011 Lectra and Buhler
2010 Lectra and Riverside
Black Sponsor - $2,500
Silver Sponsor - $1,000
Additional scholarships can be found on our Scholarships page.