In 2007, a generous $2,500,000 endowment from the Geoffrey Beene Foundation expanded CFDA’s core scholarship program, significantly increasing CFDA’s scholarship grants, and funded the establishment of the merit-based Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship.
This prestigious design award program brings the work of the legendary American fashion designer Geoffrey Beene into classrooms at the country’s leading design colleges and universities. A specialized teaching curriculum designed for the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship Award challenges students to look beyond conforming to trends and the practicality of business in order to advance the art form.
Each year, a Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar is selected and receives $25,000 to help defray senior year tuition and educational expenses. This competitive award is based solely on merit as judged by a prestigious panel of industry experts. The winner attends and is announced at the annual CFDA Fashion Awards in June.
2014 Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar
Yi Deng Drexel University
2014 Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship – Excellence in Technical Design
Yewon Kang Parsons The New School for Design