Several LIM College students have recently been awarded scholarship prizes from leading fashion and retail organizations. I am proud of our students’ accomplishments and grateful for the support these groups provide to young women and men as they strive to achieve their educational goals.
On January 10, Emily Acle, Mary Kate Guidry and Christina Reid will receive $5,000 scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) at its annual star-studded awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. The FSF is a national non-profit association dedicated to promoting education in the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships and facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs. LIM College is one of only 34 educational institutions chosen to participate in the YMA FSF competition. Other participating schools include Barnard College, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia.
This past fall, the Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) announced that four of the 12 college scholarships it will distribute this year will be given to LIM College students. Those students are Kayla Hart, Sherene Lynch, Victoria Walton, and Diane O. Zavala. For more than two decades, BRAG has provided financial assistance to students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in fashion, retail or related industries. Scholarship recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, leadership, community service, and need.
Also this past fall, the Free Your Star Foundation awarded its inaugural scholarship of $500 to LIM College senior Shean England. Free Your Star scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students with financial need who maintain a high grade point average and demonstrate a passion for contributing to their community. The Free Your Star Foundation was started by LIM College alumna Sahar Pazirandeh (Class of 2008) and aims to change the face of the fashion, film, photography, and magazine industries by providing financial resources and mentoring for urban youth and women. Free Your Star also plans to award a $1,000 scholarship this spring.