Two Stephens College fashion students—one for the second consecutive year—are among the 226 recipients nationwide of the highly competitive 2018 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) scholarships. Each student will receive $5,000 from the YMA FSF, which is the fashion industry’s leading educational nonprofit, granting the largest sum of money and total number of scholarships.

Fey ChavezThe Stephens recipients are two-time winner Audrey Lockwood ’18 (pictured above) and Fey Chavez ’18 (pictured right), both fashion design and product development majors. In addition, Chavez was selected this fall by Project Runway alumni Michael Drummond and Joshua Christensen to show her men’s fashion collection in this March's Spring 2018 Kansas City Fashion Week.

“The Stephens College fashion program is honored once again to have winners in the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “YMA supports the American fashion industry through the scholarship program that is closely aligned with students having access to mentors and internships in the fashion industry.”

Lockwood and Chavez also will receive an all-expense paid trip to the annual January Awards Gala in New York City and have access to internship opportunities through YMA FSF partner companies, which include Calvin Klein, Global Brands Group, Nautica, and PVH Corp (formerly Phillips-Van Heusen Corp), to name a few.

Each student will be matched with an industry executive who will serve as a mentor during the year of the award, providing career guidance, industry insights and introductions to their elite professional networks through ongoing communication and in-person meetings.

In her submission for the scholarship money, Lockwood focused on creating plus-size clothing that “actually fit” women over 30.

“Thank you to all of the people who assisted me in this case study,” Lockwood wrote in a Facebook post. “I am so proud and worked so hard for this scholarship. This was definitely the most difficult year of my life, but all of my achievements made it well worth it.”

Kirsteen Buchanan, associate professor of fashion, said the scholarships are only awarded to students from colleges and universities who are invited by the YMA FSF to participate as a member school. Last year was the first time Stephens was asked to join the competition, and six students applied for the scholarship money and four were selected as recipients. This year, Stephens again had six students apply for the scholarship money.

“It is my hope that we have more student entries next year as students can enter all four years they attend Stephens,” McMurry said. “It is a true honor to be part of the invited colleges/universities that participate in YMA-FSF.”

Each student, who needed a 3.0 GPA or above and have a major that closely aligns to the fashion industry, was asked to complete a case study that explored how weaving together of digital technology with offline shopping can improve the performance of a fashion retailer of their choice. 

Established nearly 80 years ago with a mission to advance the fashion industry by encouraging creative young people to pursue careers in the field, the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund offers scholarships and comprehensive programs to fashion students across the country. Each year, the organization presents scholarships from $5,000 to $30,000, leading the industry in support and commitment to education. 


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