LIM College Students Win YMA FSF Scholarships

Rebekah Austin (pictured at left) received a $10,000 scholarship award and Jillian Guaragna received a $5,000 scholarship at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner on January 7 at the Waldorf Astoria.

LIM College is one of a select group of educational institutions throughout the nation chosen to participate in the YMA FSF competition. Other participating schools include Barnard College, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Harvard University. Scholarships are awarded based entirely on merit, taking into consideration the applicants' GPAs, the completion of a case study project, a personal essay detailing their aspirations, work experience, community service, and an interview with a YMA FSF Ambassador.

In addition to the scholarship funds, Rebekah and Jillian will receive internship placements at top fashion companies, where they will be matched with an executive mentor who will guide and assist them in networking with industry contacts.

In a profile posted on the YMA FSF’s Facebook page Rebekah said, “…being at LIM College gave me the opportunity to be a part of the amazing YMA FSF process and the Geoffrey Beene scholarship process. LIM College prepares me for the real world by offering unique internship opportunities to gain hands-on work experience while going to school in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. I really feel like I have found my niche while being at LIM!”

Courtney Vander Linden, a 2014 graduate of LIM, was also at the event to present Chip Bergh, President and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co., with an award for his achievement in fashion. As a Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship finalist last year, Courtney secured an internship at Levi Strauss & Co., which led to a full-time position.

Founded in 1937, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund is an international non-profit organization composed of influential members of the fashion industry. The 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 individuals.