Gucci Announces Recipients of 2020 Fashion Scholarship Funds
Gucci announced the 2020 class of Gucci North America Changemakers Scholars as part of their commitment to creating positive change within the fashion industry. The 20 recipients come from diverse backgrounds and are pursuing various careers within fashion at undergraduate colleges or universities. They will receive an academic scholarship for up to $20,000 in addition to mentorship and virtual internship opportunities through Gucci America.
As education is vital to implementing real change and ensuring diverse voices are in positions of power, it is more important than ever to foster the next generation of talent. I loved learning about each inspiring applicant along with our Changemakers Council and we are excited to see what they do next and how they help transform the fashion industry. I am proud to be part of a company that empowers this inaugural class of visionary Changemakers.
—Antoine Phillips, Vice President of Brand & Culture Engagement at Gucci
The Gucci North America Changemakers Scholarship program was established in March of 2019 and is an initiative featured on the recently relaunched Gucci Equilibrium platform, which details the company’s commitment to generate positive change for people and the planet. The scholarship program provides funds to undergraduate students with unmet financial needs passionate about careers in the fashion industry. The program primarily focuses on students from diverse backgrounds who live or study in one of the 12 Gucci North America Changemakers cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC.) and/or plan to attend or currently attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). However, all students who meet the eligibility criteria are able to apply and be considered for an award. Over the last six months, Gucci enlisted the support of the North America Changemakers Council of community leaders and social change experts to make the final selection of the students for the scholarship program.
Additionally, under the Changemakers umbrella, Gucci has announced the two recipients of the Gucci North America Changemakers x CFDA Scholars By Design program. This program was conceived to support two diverse graduating high school seniors who plan to study fashion design at an accredited four-year undergraduate college or university. This award is $20,000 per year for four years for both scholars.
Over the next four years, these scholarship programs will provide $1.5 million to ensure a new generation of diverse and exceptional young people will gain new opportunities and experiences across the fashion industry. Gucci positions itself as a strong leader within the fashion industry by investing in education and supporting diverse youth to continue the fight against racial inequality, and we salute the talented and deserving inaugural Gucci North America Changemakers Scholars:
Astrid Viera, currently a high school senior who will be attending Mt. San Jacinto College
Celeste Haselrig, currently a college freshman attending Parsons
Destinee Elliott, currently a college freshman attending Thomas Jefferson University
Diop Russell, currently a college sophomore attending Spelman College
Fabiola Lopez, currently a college freshman attending Azusa Pacific University
Gabrielle DeLeon, currently a college freshman attending FIT
Gideon Gomm, currently a college freshman attending Parsons
Jasmine Bacchus, currently a college junior at Brown University
Kaitlyn Gilliam, currently a college junior at Howard University
Kristian Brown, currently a college sophomore at FIT
Malachi Williams, currently a high school senior who will be attending Hunter College
Marcus Williams, currently a college sophomore at University of Southern California: School of Cinematic Arts & Marshall School of Business
Marie France Mendy, currently a college sophomore at Cornell University
Maya Davis, currently a high school senior who will be attending Bowling Green State University
Miles Richards, currently a high school senior who will be attending College for Creative Studies, Detroit
Nailah Barnes, currently a college sophomore at Spelman College
Nicole Scott, currently a college freshman at the University of Cincinnati
Sekoi Cooper, currently a college junior at Parsons
Glory Lee, currently a college freshman at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design
Trevon Barnes, currently a college sophomore at FIT
Gucci North America Changemakers x CFDA Scholars By Design
Ajai Kasim, currently a high school senior who will be attending Parsons
Kaya Ugorji, currently a high school senior who will be attending FIT
Below in two short videos, the recipients of the Gucci North America Changemakers x CFDA Scholars By Design program Ajai Kasim and Kaya Ugorji share their thoughts on why diversity is important in the fashion industry.
The next round of applications for the Gucci North America Changemakers Scholarship Program will open in Fall 2020.