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2009 April 29

The Chicest Scholars

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(NEW YORK) The Council of Fashion Designers of America may be best known for honoring and nurturing both established and up-and-coming designers, but the organization's influence reaches even further to aid the aspiring fash set. This year, via the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship and the CFDA Scholarships, the organization will award $75,000 to fashion design students currently attending the nation’s leading design colleges and universities, including Pratt, Parsons, and FIT in New York, Otis in Los Angeles, the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Rhode Island School of Design, the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco, and more.

The Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship was established in 2007 by the CFDA, and awards the largest scholarship to one womenswear design student. Student submissions are judged by a panel of industry experts with a close relationship to Mr. Beene: Kim Hastreiter of Paper Magazine, Russell Nardozza, SVP/COO of Geoffrey Beene, and designers/CFDA members Doo-Ri Chung, Richard Lambertson, Stan Herman, and Narciso Rodriguez. This year, the talented recipient (to be officially announced at the CFDA Fashion Awards on June 15) is Parsons The New School for Design Student Niloufar Mozafari, who will receive $25,000.

The CFDA Scholarships are awarded to college juniors. Past recipients include Peter Som in 1996, the scholarship’s inaugural year, and Jack McCollough, who won in 2001. This scholarship’s selection committee was made up this year of CFDA members Kari Sigerson of Sigerson Morrison, Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos, Charlotte Neuville, Rebecca Taylor, Gerard Yosca, and Calvin Klein Collection men's creative director Italo Zucchelli.  This year's recipients of the $10,000 award include Mozafari, Yunqui Wu of the Academy of Art University, and Atsuko Yagi of Parsons, who is the aspiring menswear design student to receive the Clara Hancox Menswear Award. $5,000 scholarships are also being awarded to Thomas Finney of SCAD, Arianna Isabel Perez of the Academy of Art University, and Trey Phillips and Dylan Paul Moran Taverner, both of Parsons.

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