Fashion can be a passion. And fashion grants can help you to fulfill that passion. This is a geographically based industry with around 75% of jobs in the field found in either California or New York. That’s really not surprising since fashion design careers include mainly positions at apparel manufacturers, wholesalers and within the film and television industry. Although some become quite rich and famous, the vast majority of fashion designers make between $45,000 and $90,000 per year. That’s not a bad living. And you never know, you might just go on to be one of the rich and famous. There are grant opportunities available for those working in the field already as well as to those entering fashion school trying to make their way to the limelight.
Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation
Known also as the EDFF Award, this foundation was created in 2001 to support talented fledgling fashion artists. Emerging designers can win an opportunity of a lifetime to showcase during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. With the $25,000 grant, a memorable fashion show can be created to display the winner’s collection with flair and style. There are three categories this year including men’s wear, women’s wear and accessories. Many famous names have previously received the EDFF Award including Rag & Bone, Doo Ri and Alexander Wang. Full details are available at the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation website. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find links for full contest criteria, the application, official competition rules and to learn about this year’s judges.
Fashion Scholarship Fund
The Fashion Scholarship Fund is composed of three different scholarships for students attending its member schools. The scholarships come in three different denominations including the $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship, the $10,000 Jim Edleman Scholarship and the $5,000 YMA FSF Scholarships. The Geoffrey Beene is handled by nomination from member schools, case study and selection by committee. The Jim Edleman is for a Wharton business student dedicated to the retail industry. The YMA FSF is based totally on meritorious achievement inclusive of GPA, a case study, job and community experience, an essay on personal aspirations, an interview and plans for how the scholarship funds will be used. Each of these have made significant contributions to students in the industry. In total they have contributed greater than $10 million to YMA FSF member school scholars and emerging leaders in the industry. You can find more information on the Fashion Scholarship Fund by visiting the organization’s website.