To advance the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business, ensuring the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative individuals.

 

MISSION 

 

 
 
 
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FROM THE PRESIDENT

WILLIAM SUSMAN

Welcome to the Fashion Scholarship Fund, the premier educational fashion non-profit in the United States.  For more than 80 years, with a mission to advance the fashion industry by encouraging talented, creative young people to pursue careers in the field, the FSF has offered scholarships and comprehensive programs to the best and brightest fashion students in both business and design.  

We believe in education and giving back to the industry that has given us so much, and one of the best ways to do that is to support the future leaders of fashion.  I invite you to discover the worthwhile investment that we make in young people who dream of working in our exciting industry, and join us in our mission.

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PETER ARNOLD

Since its inception in 1937, the Fashion Scholarship Fund has been working with and for the fashion community by identifying and nurturing promising emerging talent. We lead the industry in our support of and commitment to education and career placement in the fashion arts and fashion business. Annually, we award scholarships of from $5,000 to $35,000 to students from over 60 colleges and universities nationwide. 

Our scholarship, internship and mentoring programs nurture and foster young talent, as students and as alumni after graduation. We are committed to advancing the careers of students and young professionals — the future of the fashion industry!

 
 

We regard our scholarship grants as a very worthwhile investment in the future of the fashion industry and, since inception, have awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to thousands of students worldwide. Record donations of over $25 million have been received in the past ten years.

In addition to the approximately two hundred $5,000 scholarships we award annually, we also award four outstanding scholars a $30,000 to $35,000 scholarship to pursue their education and career goals, and another four scholars with a $10,000 scholarship. Generous contributions from benefactors and sponsors support our mission, and 100% of net proceeds from the annual YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner go directly to our programs. This is thanks to the generosity of the FSF Board of Governors, who volunteer their time to ensure that all funds raised go where they are needed most: the students.

As further support to scholarship recipients, we facilitate internships with prestigious fashion companies and provide career mentoring by prominent senior executives who serve on our Board of Governors. Participating companies have included: Phillip Van Heusen, Randa Accessories, Calvin Klein, Global Brands Group, Nautica, 24 Seven, Levi's & Co, Ross Stores, Ralph Lauren, Macy's, Tailored Brands Group, Perry Ellis, Levi Strauss & Co., Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger, to name just a few.