Six students from the University of Delaware Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies are winners of the 2016 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition.
Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as an
internship at a top retail company and an executive mentor who will
assist them in networking at the top levels of the fashion industry.
Scholarships were awarded in two categories, apparel design and
fashion merchandising. Students receiving scholarships in fashion
merchandising were Lexis Kambour, Angelica Suarez, Alyssa Dugan, Megan
Dawson-Elli and Jenna Levy. Gracie Leung won in the apparel design
UD is one of 50 academic institutions selected to participate in the
YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition. Other institutions
participating include the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), the
Parsons School of Design, Harvard University, the University of
Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.
UD has competed for the past six years and has been the recipient of $175,000 in scholarships during the six years.
“The fact that UD students do so well in this competition speaks to
the quality of our program in both apparel design and fashion
merchandising,” said Hye-Shin Kim, department chair.
“Meeting other award winners and speaking to leaders in the fashion
industry were amazing experiences that I will take with me throughout
the rest of my career. The event was inspirational, and I look forward
to working hard and applying again next year,” said Leung, an apparel
The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) is a national non-profit
association consisting of over 35 member companies of the fashion
community, dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and
business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating
internships, mentorships and career programs. FSF’s goal is to advance
the fashion industry by encouraging gifted and enterprising young people
to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business so
the industry will continue to attract dedicated, capable and creative