Buffalo State Awards First Black Fashion Scholarship


Madison Bryant-Wagstaff, a senior fashion merchandising major, is the inaugural recipient the Fashion and Textile Technology Department’s Black Fashion Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 2021 in conjunction with that year’s Runway show, “History Retailored,” which honored the accomplishments of past and present Black fashion designers following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Black Fashion Scholarship’s mission is to foster equity and inclusion within the fashion industry by supporting promising students of Black, African American, or African descent who are committed to creating a more equitable society. It is open to all students of African descent.

The Black Fashion Scholarship is just one of the funds that you can support during Buffalo State Gives, the campus’s largest online giving campaign, which runs through noon on Thursday, March 16. Please join us in supporting the next generation of Black fashion students or any of the other campus departments or programs that touch your heart. Visit the Buffalo State Gives website to find out more about the many ways you can help students like Madison Bryant-Wagstaff in their academic, personal, and professional journeys at Buffalo State. Thank you!

Video by Ken Giangreco and John Myers, Buffalo State Creative Services, Marketing and Communications Office.