PhilaU Fashion Students Receive YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards

Four PhilaU fashion students – two in fashion design and two in fashion industry management – have received scholarship awards from the prestigious YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.

Fashion design student Anfisa Sokolova, a senior, received $10,000 as a finalist in the YMA’s Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award competition. In addition, fashion design student Natalie Simmons, a junior, and fashion industry management seniors Lauren Nelson and Terniqua Osborne each received $5,000 from the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund.

The PhilaU students were recognized at the association’s annual awards ceremony Jan. 11 at The Waldorf in New York, which was attended by fashion industry leaders, college and university officials and members of the fashion press.

“This award is a validation of my work, development and achievement over these past several years, and also of the professors and mentors who have invested their time and energy in me,” said Sokolova, who also was awarded $5,000 from the Fashion Scholarship Fund last year. “The competition was a great way to represent Philadelphia University and show the industry the high level of work that comes out of our fashion design program.”

“It is quite an honor for our students to receive such distinguished and well-deserved awards from YMA,” said Nioka Wyatt, assistant professor of fashion industry management. “They spent months researching their topics and conducting interviews to gather supportive documentation, while completing other projects and assignments for their courses. This is another example of the dedication and drive that our students exhibit at Philadelphia University.”

More than 100 students studying fashion design and business at 33 colleges and schools nationwide were honored at the YMA  event. The association, made up of members of the fashion community, promotes education in the fashion arts and business. Philadelphia University is a YMA member school.

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