The grant, which Texas Tech has received for two years, funds a class on retail trends.

Retail Management Program Wins Grant from Cotton Incorporated

The education grant will fund a class which includes student trips to Santa Fe and New York City.

The Retail Management program in Texas Tech University’s College of Human Sciences is offering a special class next year, thanks to an educational grant from Cotton Incorporated.

Professor Deborah Fowler, the faculty project leader for the grant, teaches the retail trends class, which will be offered next fall and will include a trip to New York City to visit Cotton Incorporated’s headquarters. Students will also attend the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, all funded by the grant.

In addition to this class, the grant will pay for supplies and additional components to other retail management classes, allowing students to receive cotton content throughout their educational careers.

“We want the students from Texas Tech to understand about cotton,” Fowler said. “When I wrote the grant the first time I was like, ‘We’re right here in the largest cotton patch in the world and these kids know nothing about cotton.’ How shameful.”