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Fashion Scholarship Opportunities

Updated: 10/08/2020 @ 2:30PM

 

Looking for fashion scholarships or professional organizations to connect with? Check out the Jefferson Fashion Design department’s guide for fashion-related scholarships and opportunities, both internally and industry-wide.

 

  • Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF)
    • https://www.fashionscholarshipfund.org/
    • The Fashion Scholarship Fund is dedicated to supporting the careers of promising fashion school students. Each year, FSF awards over $1.2 million to help students succeed in all areas of the fashion industry
    • Juniors complete this scholarship project as part of their FASD-316 course. Seniors can also complete independently with (optional) guidance from faculty
    • CRITERIA:
      • Minimum overall GPA of 3.2
      • Must be a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student at a FSF member school
      • Seniors graduating in December 2020 or January 2021 can still apply
      • Contact Carly Kusy for more details
    • PRIZE: $5000 scholarship awarded to multiple recipients; top finalists may compete for higher prizes
    • OFFICIAL DEADLINE: OCTOBER 12,2020 *Must email Carly Kusy if interested in applying*

 

  • CFDA Scholarship
    • https://cfda.com/programs/students/gucci-changemakers-x-cfda-scholars-by-design-award
    • The Council of Fashion Designers in American (CFDA) sponsors a scholarship every year for its CFDA partner schools. CFDA have not released the project prompt for 2020 yet.
    • Juniors complete this scholarship project as part of their FASD-316 course
    • CRITERIA:
      • Full-time, year-three undergraduate fashion student of an American college or university
      • Accepted specializations include: Apparel, Accessories, Jewelry, Materials, Technical Design
      • The CFDA will accept up to 10 submissions per school as endorsed by the school’s Dean, Chair, Director or equivalent.
    • PRIZE: Award (2) $25,000 scholarships each year
    • OFFICIAL DEADLINE: TBA (usually spring semester)

 

  • Black Talent in Design and Fashion Fund
    • https://www.blacktalentfund.com/
    • Black Talent in Design and Fashion Fund’s initiative is to directly fund Black students studying to enter the fashion or footwear industries.
    • CRITERIA:
      • Full time undergraduate of color enrolled in accredited college/university
      • Fashion design and management majors eligible
      • Culminative GPA of 2.5+
    • PRIZE: One $500 scholarship awarded
    • APPLICATION DUE DATE: 9/30/2020

 

  • Eileen West/ UFC
    • https://underfashionclub.org/
    • Each year since 2018, the Under Fashion Club (UFC) has sponsored a scholarship competition for Thomas Jefferson Fashion Design students in memory of late sleepwear designer Eileen West.
    • CRITERIA:
      • For junior level students only
      • Applicant must have overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in most recently completed semester.
      • Applicant must submit all documents required (Application, Resume, Personal Statement, Illustrations) by the specified deadline.
      • Applicant must be interviewed by members of the SAIG Committee representing the Underfashion Club, Inc. For the interview applicant should bring his/her portfolio and 2-3 projects.
    • PRIZE: Scholarship amounts have historically been awarded up to $15,000; multiple winners
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA (usually December)

 

  • Make It with Wool Contest
    • https://makeitwithwool.com/
    • National Make it with Wool is a once a year sewing and design competition that is supported by the American Sheep Industry. A fashion design competition is sponsored specifically for college students in fashion design majors.
    • CRITERIA:
      • Only students currently pursuing a degree in a college-level fashion or apparel design program may participate.
      • Garment may be created for the participant or another/ model.
      • See website for fabric requirements
    • PRIZE: Winner will receive a $1000 scholarship from the American Wool Council and a trip to the Make It with Wool Sewing Contest in January.
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Must be postmarked by November 1, 2020.

 

  • Martinson Fund
    • Jefferson students only. Students can apply through InfoReady
    • This grant is made possible by the generosity of Eileen Martinson, alumna (Class of ’86) and chair of our Board of Trustees. The Martinson Capstone Awards provide funding for students to use as part of their projects. Capstone projects and similar junior and senior level major projects will be considered.
    • CRITERIA:
      • Must be a junior or senior student working on capstone project to apply
      • Must have the support of at least one faculty member
    • PRIZE: Can apply for specific funding amount
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA

 

 

  • Season Zero
    • Sponsored by Fred Segal and Black in Fashion Council
    • CRITERIA:
      • Must be designer in the fashion or creative industry without a current brick and mortar or retail footprint
      • Must submit 10-15 digital files of personal designs, brand bio, brand vision, and an optional brand video
    • PRIZE:
      • $10,000 prize and pop-up showcasing your work at Fred Segal’s store in LA + mentorship opportunities
      • Second and Third places are awarded $5000 each
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

 

  • Elevate Grant and Mentorship Program- Stitch Fix
    • This grant/mentorship program sponsored by Stitch Fix is designed to support early-stage underrepresented entrepreneurs in fashion
    • CRITERIA:
      • Must be an early-stage (minimum 2 years operation) fashion/ apparel business operating in the US
      • Company must be majority BIPOC-owned
    • PRIZE:
      • 5 Recipients will receive $25,000 grant for business expenses and advisory support
      • Business mentorship opportunities with Katrina Lake, CEO of Stitch Fix, and Brandice Daniel, Harlem Fashion Row founder.
      • Wholesale orders of your product will be placed to sell on the Stitch Fix platform
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 31, 2020O

 

 

OTHER FASHION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS:

 

  • Harlem’s Fashion Row
    • https://www.harlemsfashionrow.com/
    • Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) is an organization dedicated to uplift designers of color. Through unique partnerships, fashion shows, and funding opportunities, this social company gives a voice to multicultural designers.

 

  • Your Friends in New York
    • Sponsored by Kerby Jean-Raymond (Pyer Moss) and Kerang
    • Launching 2021

 

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