The eponymous American fashion house partners with Marist College in New York for a fashion and design scholarship.
Ralph Lauren is investing in the future generation—their commitment to young designers manifested through their recently established scholarship grant. The American design house that is known for the “old rich” aesthetic partnered with Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York for the scholarship. The company is awarding $100,000 to underrepresented students who want to pursue design in the future.
The Ralph Lauren Design Scholars Program opens up pathways toward creative careers. The scholarship would start in the 2024-2025 academic year. Aside from the sponsored education, the scholar would also be mentored and developed in Ralph Lauren’s corporate offices for summer internships.
For the community
“This scholarship will go to a stellar design applicant from an underserved community in an effort to continue to enhance the diversity and equity within our Marist Fashion Program,” Fashion Program Director at Marist John Bartlett captioned on Instagram. The scholarship plays upon the strength and connection of Marist—the institution’s national reputation for providing cutting-edge and hands-on learning, and access to career connections in the global fashion hub of New York City.
“Diversity and inclusivity are not only important values, but they are also essential for driving innovation and progress,” said Dr. Edward Antonio, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Marist. The scholarship opportunity blurs the line between two barriers to quality education—inaccessibility and lack of diversity. The scholarship aims to cultivate the future fashion industry with a diverse crowd and quality education.
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