Fashion Scholarships

Pursuing an education in fashion isn’t all about becoming a household name and watching your creations march down a runway. It’s about being creative and refining your talent to not only make yourself marketable, but to learn what works and what doesn’t. From the designers to the stylists to those in charge of merchandising, a career in fashion can also mean a career in big business, so you need to be savvy enough to recognize not only what looks good, but how to present and sell what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish.

There is more to it, and fashion and design enthusiasts can see that. By majoring in fashion, students can realize their creative streak and refine their talent. Unfortunately, there are only so many Giorgio Armanis and Donatella Versaces, so students who want to make it big must work hard. Fashion doesn't stop when class lets out. Internships, travel (maybe even studying abroad), work, and work, and work are all a part of the industry.

Fashion scholarships exist in both the fields of design and merchandising and, as they will be competitive, you’ll most likely need to show a scholarship committee why you’re their best bet for a particular award in the form of designs you’ve come up with or other creative outlets you’ve pursued. Many will be awarded in the form of competitions, so you should be prepared to be judged against other bright talents from across the country. Fashion scholarships through schools specializing in fashion and merchandising will usually take not only your creativity into account but your academic achievements, as well, so it wouldn’t hurt to work on your GPA in between preparing those design portfolios.

We’ve pulled some examples of fashion scholarships from the database and listed them below. For more examples of fashion scholarships, conduct a free scholarships search, indicating your major in your profile. You can also look for scholarship awards based on other criteria, because if you’re interested in fashion, you’re probably a creative individual who may be eligible to win a number of other scholarships outside the realm of fashion.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
CBYX for Young Professionals is a yearlong fellowship, funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State. The program annually gives 75 American young professionals the opportunity to study, work, and live with a host in Germany. The CBYX program consists of three phases: two months of German language school; four months of classes in your career field at a [...] More

FIDM Designer of Tomorrow Scholarship Competition
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Scholarship Competition is open to all U.S high school seniors or graduates who have not had any prior training in the category of the competition they are entering. In previous years, entrant projects included: creating a promotional plan for a major fashion retailer; designing a poster for a trendy line of sportswear; creating an ideal [...] More

Stella Blum Research Grant
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The Stella Blum Research Grant is intended to assist the research of a current undergraduate or graduate student who is a member of the Costume Society of America and working in the field of North American costume. This $2,000 grant is awarded to the student to provide financial assistance with research; an additional travel component of up to $500 is awarded as a stipend to allow the recipient [...] More

WJA Womens Jewelry Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
To empower both its female members and students in the jewelry, watch and related industries, the Women's Jewelry Association offers two types of educational financial aid, student scholarship and member grants.

Student scholarships, in varying amounts starting at $500 and as high as $7,000, are available to female students (including WJA members) who are enrolled in fine jewelry and watch [...] More

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: November 13, Annually
The YMA Scholarship Fund regards its grants as a very worthwhile investment in the future of the fashion industry, and since its inception in 1971, has awarded over $6MM in scholarships to thousands of students.

Scholarships are available only to students from YMA Fashion Scholarship fund member universities, which offer a range of design and business oriented programs across the U.S. [...] More

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