2016 Geoffrey Beene Scholarship Winner: Aya Mechelany, Parsons

Major: Design and Management

Graduation: May 2016

Where are you from? I am originally from Beirut, Lebanon.  I grew up between Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland.

What drew you to pursuing a career in fashion? Early on, I [became] passionate [about] strategy, marketing, and management in the business of fashion. My favorite [aspects of the industry] include teamwork, research, and design thinking. Coming from an economics and sciences background, I have acquired excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and a good affinity for numbers, which I believe are essential for a successful career.

After graduation, where do you hope to see yourself working? After graduation, I intend to work in fashion branding, merchandising or retailing in Paris, Milan, London, or New York City.