1st proceeds from Tartan Plaid sales go to scholarships

photo of Miller, Li and Ellis
From left, CAM the Ram, Miller, Li and Ellis don Tartan Plaid and hoist the big check at the Homecoming football game.

The Department of Design and Merchandising has received its first swatch of funding from revenues generated by the Tartan Plaid one of its students designed last year.

In spring 2013, CSU held a contest to choose the pattern for its official Tartan Plaid, using the University’s branded colors. Seventeen students submitted 76 designs, which were then narrowed to three finalists.

A pattern created by CSU interior design student Ajay Li received the most votes, and that Tartan Plaid has now been registered in the Scottish Register of Tartans and in the United States.

Officials from the CSU Bookstore and the Department of Athletics pledged to contribute a portion of the sale of Tartan Plaid products to undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Design and Merchandising.

Acting on behalf of the Bookstore and Athletics Department, Mike Ellis, assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of the Lory Student Center, presented the first check for $2,800 to department representatives during the Oct. 18 Homecoming game.

Accepting the check were Dr. Nancy Miller, head of the Department of Design and Merchandising, and Li, the designer of the winning Tartan Plaid.

New Rams Timeless Tartan Plaid products arrive throughout the year, and future sales will continue to generate scholarship money for the department, so CSU fans are being encouraged to continue to shop for Tartan Plaid products.