The Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) named two scholarship awards in Fabric Innovations' president and owner Deborah Herman's honor. The dedication of the Deborah Herman Scholarship and Fabric Innovations Scholarship stems from Herman's donations, as well as close relationship with the school as mentor and past guest lecturer in a series where young women of the SHA learned about her experience firsthand as an entrepreneur who established her own company, Fabric Innovations.
The Deborah Herman Scholarship and Fabric Innovations Scholarship awards $10,000 to two students currently enrolled in the School of Hotel Administration who meet the qualifications to receive financial aid. The Cornell University Financial Aid office reviews the need of each student admitted, and compiles financial aid packages, including relevant scholarships such as those in Herman's name, accordingly.
In addition to operating Fabric Innovations, Herman serves as the international ambassador for NEWH - the Network of Women in Hospitality, and has dedicated over 20 years to help promote and mentor young women in the hospitality industry.
Herman's Miami-based company is the sole vendor for Heavenly Bed by Westin, Four Points by Sheraton top-of-the-bed, and is a bundled vendor for Aloft Hotels. The company is also a branded vendor of drapery fabrics for multiple hotel brands, and will be announcing new global partnerships for worldwide production with two new brands.
Fabric Innovations currently manufactures draperies in South Hill, Va., drapery fabric in Turkey, linen products in India, bed products in Mexico, and a multitude of hotel products in China.