School of Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design Students Win YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

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On Wednesday, Jan. 7, four School of Fashion Merchandising students were honored at the annual YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. Academy of Art University fashion merchandising B.F.A. students Martin Evensen, Michelle Hendrawan and Celina Enriquez along with fashion design B.F.A. student Busara Boussard were each selected by the YMA FSF Scholarship Committee to receive $5,000 scholarships.


Students from more than 150 colleges across the country flocked to New York to accept their awards. Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera presented five lucky students with $10,000 scholarships and handed out $30,000 scholarship awards to four other exceptional students.

The event also honored industry heavyweights Chip Bergh, CEO of Levi Strauss & Co.; Doug Ewert, CEO of Men’s Wearhouse; designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Iris Apfel. Also on hand were presenters Patti LaBelle, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Joseph Abboud and Rosanna Scotto. The event raised a record-breaking $3.4 million for the YMA Fashion Scholarship fund.

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The awards dinner was a huge milestone for the scholarship winners, and gave many their first opportunity to visit New York. The Academy’s Celina Enriquez spoke with the School of Fashion about the YMA FSF.

What did you submit for consideration to the YMA FSF?

I submitted a Lululemon case study, which was the nationwide theme set forth by YMA FSF.

Have you ever won any other awards?

I have not won any other awards! I often joke that I never win anything I enter. Thankfully, I can no longer say that!

What will you do differently now that you’ve won?

Winning the scholarship has, in a sense, validated the work that I’ve done so far. I have always worked hard on my schoolwork, and winning a talent-based scholarship has given me the encouragement to keep going and to keep doing what I love to do ... because it is all worth it.

How did you get started in fashion?

I have always loved the idea of aesthetic and how different things, different colors and different aesthetics appeal to different people. I started to be conscious of aesthetic in fashion in high school and was very fortunate to go to a school where difference was celebrated. I began to love the idea of working in the fashion industry where things are always changing and evolving.

What is your ultimate career goal?

My ultimate goal is to be in buying—to be part of a team that directly relays a brand’s identity and does so in a conscious way. I’d love to be part of a company that moves forward in giving back and staying conscious of how its garments and products are made.

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