CCAD students win big in national YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund competition

This January, three Columbus College of Art & Design Fashion Design students will each bring home $5,000 scholarships from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF).

This year’s CCAD Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) winners are MollyKate Cline (Fashion Design, 2020), who took home a FSF scholarship in 2017 as well; Brianna Becaj (Fashion Design, 2021), and Ryder Teach (Fashion Design, 2021).

This is CCAD’s third year as a member school of the Fashion Scholarship Fund, which distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship funds annually. In addition to the scholarship fund, the trio of Fashion Design students and Fashion Design Associate Professor and Chair Suzanne Cotton have been invited to attend an all-expenses-paid awards gala in New York City on Jan. 10, 2019. This year, the gala will honor Martha Stewart, Ryan Seacrest, and Hal Lawton from Macy’s.

Students in the FSF competition were tasked with a case study: Pick a real-life fashion company and explore opportunities for it to expand in the global market in a location it does not already have a permanent, physical presence. Students could complete the objective through the lens of design, merchandising, analytics, or supply chain; the retailer had to offer products in at least one of the following categories: apparel, accessories, beauty, or home goods.

The submissions were judged by the depth and relevance of their research, the creativity and feasibility of the concepts, and the clarity in their portrayal. The case studies were judged by industry professionals including the YMA FSF Board of Governors, YMA FSF Mentors, and YMA FSF Alumni.

The FSF award can be applied to any educational expense, such as tuition, internship housing, a study abroad program, and more. Scholarship recipients are invited to join the FSF Mentor Program and be paired with an industry mentor during the year of the award. Winners also have access to internship opportunities through FSF partner companies, and they are eligible to join the FSF Alumni Association to grow their professional network.


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