In 1986, the CFDA established an endowed scholarship at Parsons School of Design, in memory of Member and previous president Perry Ellis.
In 1996, the CFDA Scholarship Program was created to award annual merit-based scholarship grants to students in their junior year of study in a four-year, full-time college level fashion design program. In 2005, CFDA Board Member Joseph Abboud made a personal commitment to underwrite the CFDA Scholarship Program.
The Clara Hancox Scholarship Fund was established in 2007, to support the next generation of menswear designers. Clara Hancox reported for the Daily News Record (DNR) from 1944-1993, and was a great friend to the menswear industry. Each year, the CFDA will select one aspiring menswear design student from among the applicants within its existing Scholarship Program to receive the Clara Hancox Scholarship Award.
The CFDA Scholarship Program is highly competitive, and entrants represent the best from the country’s top design colleges and universities. The CFDA Scholarship Program has awarded $1,110,000 to students since its inception.
2012 $10,000 AWARD WINNERS
Kaisheng Yuan Academy of Art University
Eric Chang Academy of Art University
Yunxiang Zhou** Parsons The New School for Design
** Yunxiang Zhou has been selected to receive the Clara Hancox Scholarship Award
for Menswear Design
2012 $5,000 AWARD WINNERS
Hyegin Hamm Parsons The New School for Design
Li Shan Ng Rhode Island School of Design
Zeying Wang (Maria) Parsons The New School for Design
Tae Kyung Kim Fashion Institute of Technology