Fashion design students often major in fine arts or attend an art or fashion school in lieu of a traditional four-year college. These schools are often expensive because of the hands-on experience and specialized training they provide fashion design students. Scholarships help fashion design students earn money to pay for specialized training while applying their fashion design skills.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) offers multiple scholarships for fashion design students. Scholarships from the CFDA reward students for their potential as fashion designers in different stages of education. The CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship, in partnership with Target, gives a $25,000 award to a Target Fashion Scholar each year. This award goes to a high school senior with promise in fashion design who is planning on studying at a participating CFDA school. College seniors at a participating school may apply for the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Awards which provides $25,000 to a student who addresses the need of today’s woman through design.
Scholastic’s Art and Writing Awards, which seeks to reward creative students in grades 7 through 12, has three categories geared toward future fashion designers. Students may submit pieces in the design, fashion or jewelry categories for a chance to win scholarship money. Students who reach the national level of the competition and are awarded a gold or silver medal have access to scholarships from many of the competition’s corporate sponsors. High school seniors interested in fashion design may also choose to submit a portfolio of their designs to the art portfolio competition for a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 for a silver or gold medal portfolio.
The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund allows sophomores, juniors and seniors from member schools to apply for a $5,000 scholarship. In addition, students who qualify for the scholarship may also receive one of four $25,000 Geoffrey Beene Scholarships. Students must be nominated by an educator at their college in order to apply, so interested students should contact their school’s financial aid department or talk with their professors to see if they are eligible for the scholarship.