WWD: FSF Alumni Compete for SAP-Funded Grant

Earlier this week, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund kicked off its accelerator grant program with a “pitch night” competition, which was hosted at SAP’s Innovator Lab in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards.

The YMA FSF is the “largest and oldest scholarship organization serving the needs of the fashion industry,” and has connected more than 65 partnership schools with 1.2 million in funding. Similar to a reality show, “Shark Tank,” four presenters, (who are all FSF alumni) pitched their nascent businesses on stage to a panel of judges, as well as an attending audience.

It marks the first event convening of all the stakeholders; be it mentors, sponsoring organizations (such as SAP, Macy’s and PVH) with FSF students, in one room. The four presenters are all applicants in the grant program, competing for the $50,000 award, which is underwritten by SAP. The contestants showcased a range of product category innovation and funding needs.

The FSF is still accepting applications until the grant program closes on April 30. Applications are then reviewed, and finalists will present to a panel of judges on June 12. One of the aims of the event was to build awareness of the program with other alums. The judging panel included Anushka Salinas, chief revenue officer of Rent the Runway; Laurel Pantin, fashion features director at InStyle; Meghan Cross Breeden, partner at Amplifyher Ventures; and Waris Ahluwalia, designer at House of Waris. Mary Alice Stephenson, founder of Glam4Good, moderated the event.

The competitors during the event all praised the FSF and its mentorship. Participant Jameel Mohammed, who is founder and chief executive office of luxury jewelry line Khiry, which is inspired by the African Diaspora, said the FSF has been “incredibly instrumental in my development thus far.”

Other competitors included Francesca Skwark, founder and ceo of Checka, an ath-leisure loungewear line, Nicholas Lee, cofounder of Arturo, a marketplace for global artisan goods, and Madalyn Manzeck, founder of Madalyn Joy Designs, a bespoke lingerie line based in Wisconsin.

FSF aims to procure and develop top student talent throughout their journey, and doing so with a nationwide footprint, providing undue opportunity to schools lacking connection to major fashion markets. “I don’t think kids always know, and I don’t think organizations always teach,” said Peter Arnold, the FSF’s new executive director, who joins FSF with executive leadership experience at the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Cushnie et Ochs, and prior Cynthia Rowley.

Joining FSF only four months ago, Arnold plans to build on the pitch night event to continue “connecting the dots” throughout the continuum for talented students and the fashion and tech companies — such as SAP — seeking their placement.

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MR: Inside this Year’s Record Breaking YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner

by Karen Alberg Grossman Jan 11, 2019

What a fabulous night for the fashion industry and fashion design/merchandising students across the country. At a record-breaking dinner (1500 attendees, plus an extra $100,000 generated by a live auction) at the NY Hilton, honorees spoke of the tremendous contribution that young people are making to our industry. Past scholarship winners spoke with emotion about how their scholarship changed their lives, giving them internships and opportunities that would not have happened otherwise.

The 2019 scholars who received either $15,000 or $35,000 awards were: Maxine Britt (U of Minnesota), Rachel Davis (U of Cincinnati), Jennifer Junker (Iowa State University), Jeremy Kalteux (U of Georgia), Viviana Martinez (U of Texas at Austin), Isabella Mendez (Savannah College of Art and Design), Sydney Silver (Academy of Art University) and Javier Uriegas (U of Texas at Austin).

Industry honorees were Ryan Seacrest, Martha Stewart and Hal Lawton, all of whom spoke beautifully about the growing importance of fashion in the world. Seacrest, claiming to be daunted by the size of the crowd as opposed to his television audience, pointed out that current disruption in the retail world is actually a good thing, creating excitement and opportunity for today’s trailblazers. Stewart, speaking with unexpected humor and humility, talked not only about living creatively with style but also about the value of education as “not preparation for life but as life itself.” Lawton, who wisely eschewed any mention of yesterday’s stock market prices, noted that of all the industries out there, fashion leads in terms of diversity and inclusion.

YMA, now in its 82nd year, proudly printed their stats on the Awards program: more than $1,100,000 awarded annually, 200+ scholarship recipients from 60+ colleges and universities, 100% summer internship placements, 100+ corporate recruitment partners, 1000+ fashion industry mentors and an alumni community of more than 2,000. For more info or to get involved: ymafsf.org; 212-278-0008.

WWD: FSF Rasies $3.5 Million for Scholarships

Students Night Out: FSF Raises $3.5 Million for Scholarships  Martha Stewart, Ryan Seacrest and Macy's Hal Lawton were honored  on the evening.  By David Moin on January 11, 2019

There’s a need for new talent in the fashion business but the issue is being addressed.  On Thursday, in one of those crowded, feel­good, chicken­dinner industry events, 1,500 retail and fashion  executives raised $3.5 million for the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, at the organization’s   benefit  , held  at the Hilton New York.    This year’s top eight student finalists, together with over 200 scholarship recipients, were celebrated at  YMA’s 82nd annual scholarship gala. The guests of honor were Hal Lawton, Macy’s Inc. president, who  received the “retailer of the year” award; Ryan Seacrest received the “style icon of the year” award, and  Martha Stewart received the “lifetime achievement” award.    The two big scholarship winners were Jennifer Junker of Iowa State University and Isabella Mendez from  Savannah College of Art & Design. They each won $35,000.

Stewart recapped her multidimensional career as a stylemaker, a designer, TV celebrity, author, Wall  Street executive and as a model posing for numerous photographers, one of which she singled out. “I  should have married Frank Coburn.” She said she’s published more than 90 books. “My autobiography  will be my 100th. I don’t know when it will happen, but it will happen.”  Her advice to the scholarship winners: “Never stop learning. Never stop reading. Never stop looking  forward and never stop trying…Stoke your curiosity, absorb technology and take calculated risks. Never  foolish chances.”    And she had some pragmatic advice to the aspiring fashion designers in the crowd: “Clothes have to be  well made, fit, serve a purpose, feel good and have to last.”  “I still consider myself a bit of a novice in this world,” said Seacrest. But he said he got into the fashion  business “driven by business opportunity and a long­time fascination with fashion…I just wanted to feel  good in my clothes.”    “Ryan is dapper, well­groomed, modern but not ultra­modern and very approachable. He wants to be the  fashion curator for young Americans so they can always dress well for an occasion,” said David Katz,  vice president and chief marketing officer of Randa, which co­created the Ryan Seacrest Distinction  men’s collection with Seacrest. The collection is sold at hundreds of Macy stores exclusively.    Among those at the event: William Susman, Peter Sachse and Michael Setola, president, chairman and  treasurer, respectively of the YMA. Also spotted: Gary Sheinbaum, John Tighe, Liz Rodbell, Abbey  Doneger, Tom Burns, Karen Murray, Morris Goldfarb, Sam Haddad, Danielle DiFerdinando and a bevy of  Macy’s executives including Jeff Gennette, Paula Price, Justin McFarland, and Marc Mastronardi, who  serves as vice president of the YMA.   

Peter Arnold, executive director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund, said, “I’ve been on the job just eight  weeks now, but I’ve learned the YMA is changing young people’s lives in profound ways.”

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Peter Arnold Named Executive Director of the Fashion Scholarship Fund

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and career placement in the fashion arts and business, has announced that it has named Peter Arnold as executive director. Arnold previously served as executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and as CEO of fashion brands Cynthia Rowley and Cushnie et Ochs. The premier educational nonprofit in the United States, FSF grants the largest amount and number of scholarships to the fashion community annually.

Arnold has spent much of his career in senior management positions in the fashion space, having also served as president at John Varvatos. He has dedicated significant time in service to various nonprofit organizations throughout his career. After receiving his JD from the New York University School of Law, he spent five years volunteering and, as a Board and Executive Committee member, leading initiatives for GMHC, the nation’s leading provider of HIV/AIDS services, while working as a corporate transactional partner for law firm Sidley Austin.

“Peter is a proven champion of the next generation of leaders in fashion, and we’re thrilled to have him join our organization,” said William Susman, president of FSF. “His dedication to philanthropic organizations, combined with his deep knowledge and experience at the helm of major fashion brands as well as of the CFDA, make him the ideal leader to execute our mission.”

Marc Mastronardi, vice president of FSF, added, “While at the CFDA, Peter led the organization’s charitable arm, working closely with leading design schools and companies to provide substantive support to young designers. His broad experience across fashion and philanthropy will be key to his success in guiding FSF’s initiatives.”

“I’m honored to join the nation’s preeminent fashion educational nonprofit,” commented Arnold. “I’ve long been attracted to FSF’s mission of supporting students studying not just design, but all aspects of fashion commerce, and I’m thrilled to bring my knowledge and experience to a team focused on funding and supporting emerging talent in the fashion space.”

FSF will host its 82nd Annual Scholarship Awards dinner on January 10, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The event will honor Martha Stewart, Ryan Seacrest and Macy’s president Hal Lawton, and the organization expects to award scholarships to over 200 students representing 65 different schools across the country.

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WWD | Alumni Dream Grant Winner Announced

Thistle & Spire is a women's lingerie brand Chen founded with a college friend, Maggie Bacon.

By Jean E. Palmieri on July 17, 2018

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund has expanded beyond its roots offering scholarships by establishing a grant program and has identified its first winner. 
 Called the FSF Alumni Dream Grant, the first $50,000 prize will be awarded to Lily Chen, a former scholarship winner from the Fashion Institute of Technology and cofounder of Thistle & Spire, a women’s lingerie brand. 
 In June of 2017, FSF announced the expansion of its portfolio of scholarships to include the $50,000 equity-free Alumni Dream Grant as a way to find, mentor and support the people it has identified as top talent in the industry. Chen, was chosen by the Alumni Association’s vetting panel based on the viability of her idea, growth potential, development and vision, progress evaluation and brand fit. 
 Marc Mastronardi, Macy’s Inc. executive vice president of new business development and innovation and an FSF vice president, oversees the program and said, “All of us who care and are invested in the future of fashion need to continue to identify the next generation of leadership and give them the support they need to succeed.” 
 Thistle & Spire was founded by Chen and Maggie Bacon, who met at FIT. “Maggie and I cofounded Thistle & Spire because we both saw the power in lingerie,” she said. “As young women, it helped us find confidence, not as something we purchase to wear for other people, but for ourselves. 
 “It’s been a lot of hard work, but thrilling to watch our company grow,” Chen added. “As someone who was not confident growing up, the brand allows me to help other women find their confidence through lingerie. After all, there is nothing more unstoppable than an army of confident women.” 
 The FSF traces its roots to 1937 and has awarded more than $12 million in scholarships over that time.

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JUST JARED | Danielle Brooks & Pregnant Coco Rocha Attend Fashion Scholarship Fund Dinner

Danielle Brooks strikes a pose as she arrives at the 2018 Fashion Scholarship Fund Dinner on Tuesday night (January 9) at the Marriott Marquis Times Square Hotel in New York City.

The 28-year-old Orange is the New Black star looked super chic a faux fur coat over a black dress as she stepped out for the event.

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Joining Danielle at the event was pregnant model Coco Rocha along with designer Christian Siriano and his husband Brad Walsh.

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Dandy in the Bronx | 2018 Gala Awards Dinner

EVENTS, Fashion

by DiegoJanuary 9, 201810:07 PM



The 81st Annual Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) National Merit Scholarship Awards Dinner celebrated and awarded nearly $1.4 million in scholarships to the 2018 FSF class and eight National Merit Scholarship finalists, who come from the top programs at universities and colleges nationwide. Let’s check out the event!

Dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business

The Fashion Scholarship Fund is a national non-profit organization made up of influential members of the fashion community. Dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business, the FSF grants scholarships to talented students and facilitates internships, mentorships, and career programs.


Tonight’s honorees were Christian Siriano, American Fashion Designer and Author of “Dresses to Dream About,” Kenneth J. Wyse, President of Licensing and PR at PVH Corp., Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder and CEO of Birchbox and Stephen Sadove Former Chairman & CEO of Saks, Inc.

The night’s guests also included IMG Model, Coco Rocha, “Orange Is The New Black” Actress, Danielle Brooks, Model and Founder of Project Start, Candice Huffine.

As part of the evening, honorees Christian Siriano, Kenneth J. Wyse, Katia Beauchamp and Stephen Sadove were acknowledged for their generous contributions to the fashion industry with Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Wholesaler of the Year, Fashion Innovators of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Fashion Scholarship.

Thanks FSF for having me!

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