LIM Students Win Prestigious Scholarships

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The Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) has selected LIM College students Erica Fouts, Helena Miller, Victoria Montalti, Danielle Russo and Erin Sallee as 2021 FSF Scholars, with Sallee also named as an inaugural Virgil Abloh Post-Modern Scholarship recipient.

Each student will receive a $7,500 scholarship from the Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) and have access to exclusive industry opportunities. The five students will be formally recognized at the FSF Scholarships Announcement & Celebration event in January 2021, which will be livecast to a global audience.

The Fashion Scholarship Fund supports the careers of the country’s most promising fashion students from all backgrounds. It awards over $1.2 million each year to help students succeed in all sectors of the industry, including design, merchandising, analytics, marketing and supply chain. The FSF also provides Scholars with coveted internship and career opportunities, mentorships, networking, and access to the industry’s most influential leaders and companies.

The FSF supports students at 60 colleges and universities nationwide, including Brown, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, taking into consideration the applicants' GPAs, as well as the completion of an annual case study project.

This year, applicants in the Merchandising category were asked to pair a current political, cultural, or social phenomenon with a product from an existing fashion, beauty or lifestyle brand and create an online and in-store merchandising campaign. The Product Development/ Design category asked the students to develop a line of fashion products for Gen Z consumers and pair it with a retailer and/or e-commerce platform where the line would be launched. 

Fouts, Miller, Montalti, Russo and Sallee are all featured in the FSF Digital Showcase – a directory of 120 scholarship recipients that includes links to their FSF case studies and LinkedIn profiles.

LIM faculty advisors Marla Greene and Bob Conrad supported all participating students throughout the 8-month scholarship application process.

Said Professor Greene, “The FSF scholarship program is a natural fit for our students, because an LIM education is all about applying knowledge to real-world business challenges. We are so proud of these future fashion business leaders.”