Annual Scholarship Information
Each year the Center for Retailing Studies awards scholarships to retailing students based on their academic achievement, leadership skills, and demonstrated interest to pursue professional careers in retailing. All students are encouraged to apply. Applications are due mid-spring, and awards are presented at the marketing department’s annual awards banquet in May.
YMA FASHION SCHOLARSHIP FUND NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
Aggies sweep Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards in 1st competition
The fashion world is often perceived as one of the elite, the beautiful, the artistic…one that is not easily penetrated. Different fashion competitions abound, with hordes of hopefuls vying for their chance to enter the industry. Getting one’s shoe in the door to compete in one of these prestigious competitions is a feat; catwalking away with multiple awards is another. Mays Business School students in Dr. Sandi Lampo’s advanced retailing class accomplished both at this year’s YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) national scholarship competition.
Texas A&M University was accepted to participate in the competition for the first time this year. The FSF is a national nonprofit association of influential members of the fashion community including CEOs, presidents, designers, and manufacturers. Member companies include Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren, Macy’s and other recognizable leaders in the world of fashion. In efforts to recruit talented individuals and advance the fashion industry, the group awards 75 scholarships each year to students attending selected universities. In early 2010, the Center for Retailing Studies began the rigorous vetting process to be included in the competition. Center director Cheryl Holland Bridges said, “Given the strength of our retailing program and the talents of our students, we knew Aggies needed to be involved.” The nation-wide competition includes 33 schools; A&M students competed against students from the likes of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Cornell, Parsons The New School for Design, and The Wharton School.
FSF executive director Harry Harrison calls it “unprecedented” that a school competing for the first time should enjoy such success. Projects were evaluated by four retailing executives and scored by strict metrics.
Each wins a $5,000 scholarship and the chance to compete in the next phase of the competition, which will award three $25,000 scholarships. All five Aggie winners are guaranteed internships with New York City fashion designers
2010 FSF scholarship winners
Marisol Hernandez, Marketing major, Spring 2011
Alexandra Sinatra, Marketing major, Spring 2011
Mary Colligan, Marketing major, Spring 2011
Kristin Shelley, Marketing major, Spring 2011
YuJin Yong, Marketing major, Spring 2011
2011 FSF scholarship winners
Alexa Adams, Marketing major, Spring 2012
Chelsea Sauder, Marketing major, Spring 2012
Kailah Gonzalez, Marketing major, Spring 2012
Katherine Eichhorn, Marketing major, Spring 2012
Partner companies of the Center are invited to participate by funding scholarships. This is a special way to directly enhance the success of students interested in retailing. Scholarships are named for the funding partner. Proceeds from the Center’s premier conference for industry executives, the Retailing Summit, also fund scholarships. Companies interested in participating in funding and naming a scholarship should contact Kelli Hollinger at 979-845-0325.