Lauren Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles in 2014 from Washington State University. Lauren was an active member of the WSU Greek Community where served as Chapter President of Alpha Gamma Delta. Prior to graduation, Lauren completed the Retail Management Internship at Nordstrom. Upon completion of her AMDT Degree Lauren was hired by Nordstrom where she continues to work in management. Lauren attributes her success to the industry related trips that were facilitated by the AMDT program. The week of Fashion House Networking in New York City and the Cotton Incorporated Trip to North Carolina solidified Lauren’s decision to pursue a career in the Retail Fashion Industry.
Doug and Sandy Thomas are also Washington State University Graduates. Doug in Agricultural 1987 and Sandy in Political Science 2010. Doug is also an alumnus of the WSU Greek Community member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity where he served as Chapter President. Doug served on the WSU Board of Governors and as a Trustee on the WSU Foundation. Additionally, Sandy served on the WSU Parent Advisory Board. The Thomas Family has experienced some of the best times of their lives at WSU and for that reason are dedicating this scholarship in their daughter Lauren’s name. The hope and expectation is to have future AMDT students have the opportunity to experience industry events and build a passion for the retail world of fashion.
This scholarship is to provide financial assistance for AMDT students for faculty/advisor led group student industry tours/trips. IE: Cotton Trip, New York City Fashion House Trip, European Fashion House Trip, Nordstrom Headquarters Trip, etc. . . . This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who will also contribute a meaningful amount to the AMDT industry trip. Selection priorities to a member of the WSU Greek Community in good standing with their local chapter; a WSU Pullman Campus student who is making progress towards AMDT degree completion who has shown ambition and is actively participating in various AMDT department activities.